Phd Position Within Cag-Ibd Precision Medicine In Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Trondheim, Norway
04 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

The PhD position will be part of the Clinical Academic Group (CAG)-Precision medicine in IBD, a major Health authority and University supported initiative that unites physicians in the region and experienced IBD researchers into one joint group for patient-focused translational research.

The PhD candidate will mainly work within the Cell and Molecular Biology research unit on a project funded by the Research Council of Norway:  Intestinal epithelial cells: Central coordinators in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and targets for treatment.

The project has a genuine translational approach focusing on systematic clinical observations in parallel with research on patient specific epithelial organoids (“mini-guts”) that can reproduce patient heterogeneity. We perform state-of the art functional studies and evaluate approved and investigational IBD-drugs as treatment options targeting observed physical, biochemical, and immunological intestinal epithelial dysfunctions. The ambition for the project is to bring forward detailed mechanistic knowledge about disease mechanisms in IBD that can facilitate precision medicine.

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with some experience in working with cell-based models/organoids, microscopy, methods in molecular biology or omics-based technology and analyses, and who is interested in studying disease related mechanisms in a translational research team.

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

Your immediate leader is Senior Researcher Torunn Bruland. The work will be performed in close collaboration with all research units within CAG-IBD.

Duties of the position

These include but are not limited to:

  • Design experiments and perform laboratory work
  • Data-analyses
  • Presenting results from the project in meetings and conferences
  • Draft/Write scientific papers and a PhD thesis

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in cell biology, molecular biology, or medicine, including laboratory experience
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • 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
  • Master's students can apply, but the master's degree must be obtained and documented by December 1, 2023
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate 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

  • Experience in cell-based models and/or organoids used to study cellular responses
  • Strong experiences in molecular biology and standard molecular analysis techniques
  • Experience with software for carrying out image and/or statistical analyses 
  • Basic programming skills (such as MatLab, Python, R)
  • Good written and oral English skills

Personal characteristics

  • Competency, flexibility, ambition, and motivation for the position
  • Interest in interdisciplinary work
  • Interest in translational inflammation research
  • Sharing, including and honest
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 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 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.

Publications and other scientific work must be attached to the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • CV and certificates
  • 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. Documentation of completed master`s degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Short statement on your personal qualifications and motivation for the position.
  • Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher.
  • Name and contact information of two references.
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work these 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.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short 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

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

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.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Torunn Bruland, telephone +47 92 20 89 53, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Elisabeth Myrvang, e-mail:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: October 1th 2023


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 Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM):

The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM) is NTNU’s largest department, with 450 employees. Our research and teaching help to improve treatment and health.

IKOM has expertise in basic, clinical and translational research within broad disciplinary areas. We study children’s and women’s health, cancers, blood disorders and infectious diseases, gastroenterology, inflammation, metabolic disorders, laboratory sciences and medical ethics. The Department offers teaching in medicine at master’s and PhD level. We also offer continuing education for employees in the health services.

Deadline 1st October 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Adresse mangler, 7491 Trondheim

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