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PhD Can didate in Rare Genetic Diseases at NTNU, Norway, May, 2022


There is a vacancy for one PhD candidate at The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine in collaboration with The Department of Medical Genetics at St. Olavs hospital, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, May, 2022.

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General Info

Position: PhD Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: NOK 491 200 per annum

Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway


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Qualification Details

  • Practical experience in molecular biology/cell biology/biotechnology
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background in molecular or cell biology, developmental biology, neurobiology or biochemistry 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.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program (PhD Programme in Medicine and Health Sciences - NTNU)

Preferred selection criteria

  • Good laboratory skills
  • Good computer skills / data processing skills
  • Good communications skills
  • Good written and oral English language skills
  • Experience in work with primary and/or stem cells, as well as reprogramming, is an advantage.

Personal characteristics

  • A strong interest in rare diseases and cell biology.
  • Ability to work in teams.
  • Ability to work independently.

Responsibilities/Job Description

There is a vacancy for one PhD candidate at The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine in collaboration with The Department of Medical Genetics at St. Olavs hospital. The PhD candidate will work on different aspects of the Clinical Academic Group for Rare Genetic Diseases (CAG).

One of the main aims of the CAG is to apply state-of-the-art disease-modelling to the rare genetic diseases. The PhD project will address the steps in onset of neurodevelopmental diseases and identify potential points for diagnostic and therapeutic intervention.

We have implemented different human cell culture and organoid models that enable studying of disease development and progression, as well as the analysis of relevant pathomechanisms. The PhD student will be involved in generation and characterization of patient-specific and healthy-individual induced pluripotent stem cells, development of disease models and their characterization through transcriptome and proteome analysis, imaging and functional testing. As such the project includes work with big data sets.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 1017

Application Procedure

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, motivation letter, certificates and diplomas
  • 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 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.

About the Department

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.


About the Employer:


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.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Barbara van Loon, telephone +47 73 59 84 23, email [email protected]; Senior consultant clinical geneticist Rune Østern, email [email protected]. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Vebjørn F. Andreassen, e-mail: [email protected]

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