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PhD-fellowship in digital + molecular pathology of triple negative breast cancer

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    Helse Stavanger HF
    Medical sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/02/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Stavanger
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


The department of pathology at the Stavanger University Hospital is the 4th largest pathology department in Norway. The department has about 70 employees and analyses ca. 35.000 histology samples, 40.000 cytology samples and offers a full forensic service. The department has a very active research group that produces ca. 15-20 peer reviewed articles a year and currently contains 5 phd students (of which 4 are pathologists) and 1 post doc. We are also in the front line for both quantitative/computational and molecular pathology.

The current position is a full-time Early Stage Researcher/PhD student positions within the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, “CLARIFY – CLoud ARtificial Intelligence For pathologY”, Grant Agreement number 860627. CLARIFY is an innovative, multinational, multi-sectorial, and multidisciplinary research and training programme that links two highly differentiated specialities: engineering and medicine, with a focus on digital pathology.

For more information visit www.clarify-project.eu.
The CLARIFY project comprises 12 positions in i) artificial intelligence, ii) cloud computing, and iii) clinical pathology.

The objectives for this postion are to study, by image analysis, histopathological patterns and features of TripleNegativeBreastCancer (

The scientific goal of Clarify is to develop a robust automated digital diagnostic environment based on digital image processing, artificial intelligence/machine learning, cloud computing, and blockchain technology, to enhance knowledge sharing and reach better‐informed decisions. Three specific and challenging cancer types will be studied: i) Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), ii) High-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (HR-NMIBC), iii) Spitzoid melanocytic lesions (SML).

The CLARIFY project comprises 12 positions in i) artificial intelligence, ii) cloud computing, and iii) clinical pathology.

This announcement is for ESR11, as announced on the CLARIFY’s website, with sub-project title: “Evaluation of TNBC for diagnostic and prognostic by digital pathology” 

The main tasks of ESR11 are to study, by image analysis, histopathological patterns and features of TripleNegative BreastCancer (TNBC), together with IHC, genetic and clinical information, in order to improve the reproducibility and prognostic value of the pathology diagnosis and classification for this subgroup of breast cancer with the worst prognostic outcome.

The ESR will have her/his main work place at the Stavanger University Hospital. Close collaboration and exchange with project partners and other ESRs involved in the project are key elements of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie program. Mandatory secondment periods are included in the project and the candidate will spend time at project partners’ facilities to access/exchange data, models and other required information for tool development and validation purposes.

Planned secondments ESR11:

EMC (M22‐M24): Histopathology and molecular uropathology; INCLIVA (M29‐M31): Knowledge and application of machine learning techniques to digitalized WSI; TY (M32‐M33): Usability and validation of clinical applications;

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  • Varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation.
  • An ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
  • Automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits.
  • Employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors.
  • "Hjem-jobb-hjem" discounted public transport to and from work.
  • As an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary.

Eligibility criteria

The appointee will be based at the Stavanger University Hospital, with the exception of stays abroad at relevant research centres. As the Innovative Training Network programme aims to promote cross-border mobility, a condition for eligibility to the scholarship is that the candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months of the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. Furthermore, candidates must be in the first four years* of their research careers and cannot hold a doctoral degree.

* is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.

In case of being interested in more than one CLARIFY ESR’s position, note that candidates can apply to a maximum of three CLARIFY’s positions and should rank them based on their preferences. This information must be included in the application.

It is a prerequisite that the appointee has a residence which enables him or her to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

Additional comments




Required Research Experiences

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Offer Requirements

    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    Medical sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


  • The position is primary intended for applicants with a medical or biological university degree. Applicants with medical education are especially encouraged to apply.
  • For employment as PhD Research fellow at Stavanger University Hospital and to be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Stavanger, we normally require a five-year master's degree. The grade for your master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of your master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade.
  • Candidates with a medical university degree without letter grades will be admitted after special assessment.
  • We are looking for applicants with experience in relevant fields such as pathology, medical artificial intelligence, image analyses and/ or molecular biology, preferably acquired recently as this is a fast moving field; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.

Specific Requirements

Emphasis is also placed on your:

  • Applicants with medical education are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Submitted scientific work and the applicant's personal skills for completing the project within the timeframe
  • Motivation and potential for research within the field
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative
  • Ability to work structured and handle a heavy workload

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Helse Stavanger HF
Gerd Ragne Bloch Thorsensgate 8

EURAXESS offer ID: 473638


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