PhD Position in Coastal Societies in Change

Levanger, Norway
05 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Department of Public Health and Nursing

PhD Position: Coastal societies in change. Generation, health and sustainability. Health and quality of life in three generations.

The position is now available at the Department of Public Health and Nursing, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) with main workplace HUNT Research Centre in Levanger (HUNT). Shorter stay and close collaboration with the interdisciplinary research group at the campus in Trondheim is expected.

The Department of Public Health and Nursing (ISM) is responsible for research, education, innovation and communication of public health, nursing science and primary care services. The department is one of eight  departments at the Faculty of Medicine and Health at NTNU with among 360 employees in permanent and temporary positions. This department has the responsibility of 1000 bachelor students and executive courses in nursing, 150 master students, medical students and 125 Ph.D. candidates. The department is located jointly with Øya Helsehus and the St. Olavs University Hospital. Read more about the department at: 

The HUNT Research Centre in Levanger is in charge of the HUNT Study, Helseundersøkelsen i Nord-Trøndelag (HUNT). The centre has 40 employees; researchers, technicians and administrative personnel working with research, data management, storage of survey data as well as biobanking. Through several internationally funded projects, the research centre has substantial international cooperation.

Project description

The Ph.D project is linked to a sub-project under “Havlandet Norge” Norway as a sea nation. Coastal communities, generation, sustainability. This project is a pilot programme within one of NTNT’s interfacultæry thematic priorities; Ocean Space. It is directed by Anne Trine Kjørholt, Department of Education and Life Long Learning, and covers 4 faculties and two campuses at NTNU. Its focus is on public with focus on health with the main goal to develop knowledge about health and the quality of life in coastal communities of Mid-Norway. Three generations (cohorts) are studied; adolescents (13-19 years old), their parents and their grandparents. Several former studies suggest that the health of inhabitants in coastal communities is worse, compared to the remaining population. In this project, the overall aim is to understand how regional societal processes impacts population health. By using repeated measurements from three waves of the HUNT Study, we want to highlight our key question: Has the health profile of coastal communities followed a different trajectory during the preceding decades, compared to the rest of the population?

Material and methodology

The Health Survey (HUNT) contains survey information and biological material for health research since 1984; HUNT1 (1984-86), HUNT2 (1995-97) and HUNT3 (2006-08). In total 120 000 persons aged 13-100 years have participated. HUNT4 data will become available in 2019. Repetitive measurements exist from a large pool of participants: 47 000 participated in HUNT 1-2, 37 000 participated in HUNT 2-3 and 28 000 have participated in all three studies. The ongoing HUNT4 study will provide data from a sample who has participated in all four surveys, in addition to many who have previously participated in one or two. The project will make use of different statistical models included hierarchical age-period cohort models.


We seek a talented, enthusiastic and committed scientist who fulfils the following criteria:

Requirements of the applicants:

  • A master degree or an equivalent education, preferably within medicine, health sciences, life sciences, natural sciences or social sciences.
  • A strong academic record with a weighted average grade of master’s or equivalent education with a grade of B or higher, in accordance with NTNU’s grading system.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English
  • Knowledge of Norwegian.  
  • Strong background in quantitative methodology

Emphasis will be placed on:

  • The candidate’s motivation for the position
  • Good cooperation and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as the ability to collaborate interdisciplinary

Chosen applicants will be invited to an interview.

The period of employment for the position as a PhD Candidate is 3 years. The position has the objective of qualifying for higher academic positions. Admission to a doctoral degree program is a requirement for employment as a PhD candidate. For regulations concerning the PhD-degree at NTNU, please see: and

Depending on qualifications and academic background, PhD Candidates (in code 1017) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will be remunerated at a minimum of NOK 436 500 per year before tax. Normal wage level is NOK 436 500 - 499 200 of which 2% is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

NTNU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from both EU/EEA and non-EU countries. The university is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from members of ethnic minorities.

More information regarding moving to Trondheim, Norway and working at NTNU.

Applicants must be submitted electronically via this page ( within the deadline 01.11.2017. Start of the position is desirably from January 2018.  

The candidate’s motivation, skills and personal qualifications for the position and project should be described in the application letter.

The application should contain the following attachments:

  • Applicant’s CV (eventually including list of publications)
  • Copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas.
  • Certificates from former relevant employments.
  • Relevant publications (full text).
  • At least two letters of recommendation.
  • Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number).
  • Other relevant information.

For further information about the positions, please contact:

Professor Steinar Krokstad, email:, mobile: + 47 95219227

For information concerning the application process, please contact:

HR Adviser Håvard Tangvik, email:,  mobile: +47 99301868

Please note that applications will be assessed based on the information submitted at this page. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all relevant attachments are submitted by the deadline.

Please note that under the Norwegian Civil Service Act, information about applicants may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be included on the list of applicants.

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