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PhD Fellowship in T cell immunology, Cell biology – NTNU, Norway – Nov 2021


We are looking for a highly motivated PhD in the field of T cell immunology/organ-on-chip at The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. The position is for 3 years.

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General Info

Position: PhD Fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: January-March 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine
NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology


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Qualification Details

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in cell biology
  • 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 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.
  • Prior knowledge of T cell immunology is a prerequisite
  • Experience in advanced microscopy for cell biology is a clear advantage
  • Possibility to start January-March 2022

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants 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

  • Knowledge and experience in organ-on-chip technology and use is a large plus
  • Deep understanding of cancer immunotherapy would be appreciated
  • Good written and oral English and Norwegian language skills

Personal characteristics

  • The ability to work independently with scientific and technological confidence and creativity
  • A genuine interest in crosscutting science and technology is very helpful

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Investigate by 4D microscopy the interrelationships and behaviours of organotypic immune niche cells in the 3D microfluidic system
  • Evaluate the effects of inputs on cell activity by standard molecular cell biology techniques
  • Integrate knowledge transfer between partners in the INCITE consortium on best practice for the on-chip immune niche

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

The application must include:

  • CV, 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 two independent referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

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.

About the Project

The position will fill a role in a prestigious H2020 European Innovation Council EIC Pathfinder-sponsored, 8 partner, international project termed INCITE Immune Niches for Cancer ImmunoTherapy Enhancement (project no 964955), please visit our website The project is a multidisciplinary innovation research project where the main aim is to use organ-on-chip technology to affect T cell differentiation programs towards more aggressive anti-cancer T cells. The position will mainly be in NTNU laboratories in Trondheim with the possibility to visit partner laboratories abroad.

This particular position will investigate the relationships between and behaviour of multiple cell types in the microfluidic chip by microscopy, flow cytometry and activity measurements and evaluate outcomes as cytotoxic activity. It is expected that the candidate participates also in the other work packages in advising on organ-on-chip design and operation, immunological and bioinformatical planning and interpretation.

The PhD position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions. The fields of immunotherapy and development of immune organ model systems are both cutting edge approaches and acquired knowledge in these fields is expected to provide many future opportunities.

You will report to Øyvind Halaas (Professor at Department of Clinical and Molecular Medcine, Faculty for Medicine and Health Sciences), the coordinator of INCITE and PI for on-chip evaluation.

About the Department

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: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

Note or Other details

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

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Salary and conditions

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 Øyvind Halaas, telephone +47 97 79 08 70, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Elisabeth Myrvang, e-mail:

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