PhD Fellowship at the K.G.Jebsen Center

Trondheim, Norway
28 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a PhD vacancy for three years at the K. G. Jebsen Center for Genetic EpidemiologyDepartment of Public Health and Nursing (ISM), NTNU Norway.

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 and thus actively contributing to the knowledge for a better world mission of NTNU.


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 focused on investigating the etiology of chronic kidney disease. We seek a talented, self-motivated 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 to complete doctoral education in order to obtain a doctoral degree.

Duties of the position

Our research is using data from large population-based cohorts available to the K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology to answer questions about causal risk factors for disease.  These data include genotypes 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.

This PhD project will involve investigation of genetic and causal risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) using large population-based data sets including HUNT and UK Biobank. The candidate is expected to use a wide range of statistical approaches such as genome-wide association analyses, Mendelian randomization, functional bioinformatic follow-up and network analysis to investigate which modifiable risk factors are most important for CKD.

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: Phd at MH

Required selection criteria

  • A master’s degree or an equivalent education (corresponding to a five-year Norwegian master’s degree with 120 credits) in a relevant field such as genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, statistics, public health, health sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, molecular biology, or a medical degree. You must have achieved an average grade equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale for master’s degrees. (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.)
  • Experience in quantitative statistical analysis.
  • Proven experience in academic writing.
  • Relevant technical knowledge and experience with statistical software (R, STATA or equivalent), programming languages (Python, Perl, C++ or equivalent) and/or distributed computation.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

You must meet the requirements for admission to the to the PhD programme in medicine and health sciences.

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 and with MATLAB, R, STATA or equivalent.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both orally and written.
  • Experience in genetic epidemiology.

Personal characteristics

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

In assessing the best-qualified applicant, their education, experience, personal suitability, and motivation for 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
  • A cover letter to describe your motivation to apply for this position
  • 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.

The city of Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

The city of Ålesund, with its population of 50 000, will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself, with its Art Nouveau architecture, is by many considered to be the most beautiful city in Norway! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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 Dr Humaira Rasheed, telephone 73591544, 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: 15.08.2022

Deadline 15th August 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Øya, Trondheim

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