PhD Fellowship in K. G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology

Trondheim, Norway
26 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We currently have a vacancy at the K. G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology for a PhD Fellowship. This is a 3-year temporary position within the field of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics. We seek a talented and enthusiastic person with experience in genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, statistics, medicine, epidemiology or biostatistics. For more information about the center, see and our videopresentation: K. G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.  

Duties of the position

Our research is using information from large population-based cohorts available to the K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology. This includes genotype data on more than 88,000 individuals from the HUNT Study ( linked with comprehensive health information from both local and national registries such as medical records at hospitals and primary care, the birth registry, the cause of death registry and the prescription registry.

The topic of the PhD project will involve studying how genetic variation at the population level influences risk of disease, in order to better understand reasons for illness and health. The specific aims for the project will be developed in collaboration with the candidate. The work will involve application and development of robust and reproducible methods for analyses of large-scale genomic data such as genome-wide analyses, polygenetic risk scores, Mendelian randomization, functional bioinformatical follow up and network analysis.

The period of employment for the position as a PhD candidate is 3 years full-time. Admission to a doctoral degree program is a requirement. For regulations concerning the PhD-degree at NTNU,

Please see:

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background as a master’s degree or an equivalent education in a relevant field such as genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, statistics, public health, health sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, molecular biology, or a medical degree. 
  • Experience in quantitative statistical analysis.
  • Experience in academic writing.
  • Technical knowledge including experience with statistical software (R, STATA or equivalent), programming languages (Python, Perl, C++ or equivalent) or distributed computation.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education. 
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level 

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Previous research experience and/or publication.
  • Experience working in linux-based environments will be considered an advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and written.

Personal characteristics

We seek a  candidate with personal motivation and proven ability to work both independently and in a team, as well as potential as a researcher.

In assessing the best-qualified applicant, their education, experience, personal suitability, and motivation for the applying will be emphasized.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in medicine and health sciences ( within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include: 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted. 
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position. 
  • Name and address of three referees 
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work 

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Ben Brumpton, telephone 73597564, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-advisor Anne-Britt Hofstad, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. 

Application deadline: 01.03.2022

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

The Department of Public Health and Nursing (ISM) is responsible for research, teaching, innovation and dissemination in community medicine, nursing, primary health care and public health. The Department’s activities in both research and education focus on the needs of the primary health service.

The Department of Public Health and Nursing is one of seven departments at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The Department is involved in research within epidemiology, primary healthcare, health services, preventive medicine and medical ethics. For information about the department, see or check out our videopresentation of our department:

Deadline 1st March 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim, Øya Helsehus

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