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PhD Fellow in Cardiovascular Medical Physiology

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    UiT The Arctic University of Norway
    Medical sciences
    Psychological sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    14/08/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Tromsø


UiT - Developing the high north

UiT – Developing the High North

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus research university and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

The Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences represents a newly created entity gathering almost all possible health study programs. This facilitates an unique interdisciplinarity and innovation in health education and research. We work closely with the services in the North to solve tomorrow's challenges.

Department of Medical Biology

The research conducted by the Department of Medical Biology focuses on fundamental biomedical questions and comprises research on various types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, the body's immune system and resistance to antibiotics. The Department also takes part in marine bioprospecting and in the development of new medicines. As part of an extensive cooperation network that includes both Norwegian and international partners, the Department chairs and participates in a number of projects funded by the European Union and the Research Council of Norway.

The main emphasis of the departments teaching is related to the medicine and odontology programs, a bachelor's program in bioengineering, as well as on bachelor's, master's and doctoral level in biomedicine. The department also contributes to education of students of nutrition, paramedics, radiography and nursing. The department also hosts Rettsgenetisk senter (RGS), Center for New Antibacterial Strategies (CANS), and the Advanced Microscopy Core Facility (KAM) and Tromsø University Proteomics Platform (TUPP).

 The position

Cardiovascular research group at the Faculty of Health Sciences has a vacant position as research fellow to a candidate wishing to take a Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) degree. The position is affiliated at the large animal laboratory for translational medicine at the Department of Medical Biology.

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % of each year, and will consist of teaching or other duties. The duties will be allocated based on the applicant’s qualifications and the needs of the Department, and may include exam work, teaching, leading seminars, and leading or assisting on lab courses.

The daily workplace will be Campus Tromsø. 

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor

(PhD) are available at the following address: PhD - Faculty of Health Sciences.

 The project

This is a joint project between department of medical biology at UiT, and departments of cardiothoracic surgery and nuclear medicine at the adjacent hospital. The project deals with new treatment strategies and advanced imaging of heart failure. Background and motivation for the candidate will determine the theme of the doctoral project. Either it will focus on molecular imaging of arteriosclerosis using positron emission tomography (PET), or surgical protocols with large animals including the use of mechanical heart pumps. It will also be possible for the candidate and participate in both projects. An interest in PET-technology, organ physiology, anaesthesiology or surgery is considered an advantage.


For further information about the position, please contact

Professor Ole-Jakob How (main supervisor, PhD):

              - Phone: (+47) 98821821

              - Email: ole-jakob.how@uit.no

Professor og cardiothoracic surgeon Truls Myrmel (co-supervisor, MD, PhD):

              - Phone: (+47) 91699167

              - Email: truls.myrmel@uit.no

or Associate professor and head of PET-centre Rune Sundset (co-supervisor, MD, PhD):

             - Phone: (+47) 97141456

             - Email: rune.sundset@unn.no

 We offer

  • Opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in integrative physiology
  • A translational research project relevant to nuclear medicine, anaesthesiology, intensive care medicine and surgery
  • A multidisciplinary research environment including both basic scientists and physicians
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund


More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: Welcome to UiT!


A Norwegian equivalent Medical degree (MD), or relevant Master degree (Msc) with considerable knowledge in physiology and/or PET-technology. Applicants near completion of a Master degree may also apply and submit a draft version of the thesis.

Main spoken language in the research group is Norwegian. Thus, basic Norwegian of other Scandinavian language is desirable. However only documented fluency in English is required.

Emphasis will be put on the candidates potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position. 

The position requires admission to the PhD programme. Admission requires that the applicant has at least 5 years of higher education, equivalent to 300 ECTS. The applicant must have a Master’s thesis evaluated equivalent to 30 ECTS or more, or 20 ECTS for an integrated Master’s degree. The applicant must have grade C or better on the Master’s degree, and an average of C or better. Further information about requirements and the PhD programme is available here: Regulations PhD Faculty of Health Sciences .

Applicants with a foreign education will be evaluated on whether the educational background is equivalent to Norwegian higher education. We use national guidelines according to NOKUTs country database. Applicants from some countries will have to document additional higher education in order to be admitted.


The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no and must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests 
  • CV - summarizing education, positions and academic work
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts from completed degrees
  • Documentation on English proficiency. This website states how to document English profiency.
  • Written references
  • 2-3 references with contact details
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works

The documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications through Jobbnorge.

Proficiency in the English language can be documented in the following ways:

  • Diploma from a Norwegian upper secondary school with both spoken and written English (140 hours)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Testing Service)
  • Completed university degree in the field of English language or literature
  • One year’s completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or USA, for which English was the language of instruction.

Edvard Kristiansen


An expert committee will assess the applicants. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the application documents and the announcement. The Assessment Committee will give emphasis to the potential for research, as presented in the Master’s thesis or equivalent, or in any other academic works.

In the assessment, consideration may also be given to professional experience and any other activity, which may be significant for the completion of the doctoral degree, as well as to any pedagogicalqualifications. This includes pedagogical training, teaching experience, experience of public education and experience/training of other kinds.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

During the assessment, emphasis will be put on your potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position.

 General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017 or 1378 depending on qualifications. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional abilit

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.

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UiT The Arctic University of Norway
N-9037 Tromsø, Norway

EURAXESS offer ID: 526225


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