Position as a PhD Candidate in Medical Technology

Trondheim, Norway
02 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a 100 % position as PhD candidate which is available from the Autumn of 2022.

Research at the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science focus on cancer, including cellular and molecular mechanisms, diagnosis, and improved cancer treatment. We collaborate closely with basic researchers and clinicians at NTNU and St. Olav’s University Hospital in Trondheim. Our overall goal is to improve diagnostics and treatment for the benefit of patients and next-of-kin. We have excellent infrastructures for experimental and translational research with state-of-the-art equipment. We also have access to core facilities in imaging, bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics.

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

You will report to Associate Professor Toril Holien.

Duties of the position

The PhD candidate will be part of a research group that focus on TGF-β signalling and cancer. The candidate will work on the establishment of a 3D in vitro model of the human bone marrow niche. We will use this model to study interactions between components of the niche, hematopoietic stem cells and cancer cells. A variety of biochemical and molecular techniques will be used. The PhD candidate will have the main responsibility for the 3D model but will collaborate with experienced researchers from different fields. The PhD candidate will also be involved in related projects within the research group. Most of the work will be performed in laboratory facilities at the Laboratory Centre, NTNU/St. Olav’s Hospital, and the candidate must be able to work independently in the lab.  The candidate will be expected to participate and communicate research results at regular department and group meetings.

Required selection criteria

  • A master’s degree or an equivalent education in a relevant field such as biochemistry, cell biology, biotechnology or medicine
  • A strong academic record with a weighted average grade of at least B from master’s or equivalent education, in accordance with NTNU’s grading system
  • Proficiency in oral and written English
  • Extensive experience in general cellular biology laboratory work (cell cultures and general biochemical and molecular techniques)
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program (PhD education - Faculty of Natural Sciences - NTNU) 

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

  • Background in stem cell biology
  • Experience with imaging techniques and/or flow cytometry
  • Experience with 3D cultures or organoids

Personal characteristics

We seek a motivated and enthusiastic candidate with proven ability to work both independently and in a team. Applicants expected to complete the MSc studies by summer 2022 can apply.

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 with the possibility of 1 year extension due to teaching duties.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Medical Technology (PhD education - Faculty of Natural Sciences - NTNU) 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.

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.

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 : 

  • Short statement on the applicant's personal qualifications and motivation for the position
  • CV, including list of publications, relevant former positions and references
  • Copies of relevant transcripts and diplomas
  • Contact information for three references
  • A short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher may also be included

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.

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 Toril Holien, email:

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.

Please refer to the application number NVD-201/22 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.08.2022

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.

Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science 

We are responsible for the bachelor’s degree programmes for medical laboratory technologists at NTNU. We conduct research in areas relevant to the teaching we provide and to the development of medical diagnostics. We work in close cooperation with the University Hospital, St Olavs Hospital. The Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

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

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