Position as PhD Research Fellow within the field of prostate cancer metabolism, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging
A position as PhD Research Fellow at the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (ISB), Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is now open. The PhD Research Fellow will be part of the MR Cancer Group, which is a multidisciplinary group dedicated to research on how MR technology can improve diagnosis and therapy in cancer.
For more information about the Department and the research group, see the following pages: http://www.ntnu.edu/isb and http://www.ntnu.edu/isb/mr-cancer
The period of employment for the position is three 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 visit:http://www.ntnu.edu/dmf/research/phd
Project descriptionThe main goal of the project “Molecular mapping of the virtual prostate” is to increase our understanding of underlying molecular biology of what we detect in prostate imaging methods such as MRI and PET. We will investigate how abnormal metabolism, gene expression and histopathology may be reflected in matched images from patient examinations. The PhD candidate will work with prostate cancer tissue samples obtained from in vivo MR-Guided biopsies and from tissue slices from prostatectomy. The project will provide new basic knowledge on molecular processes in prostate cancer observed in routine multiparametric MRI and in PET patient examinations.


We seek a talented, enthusiastic and creative scientist with a strong commitment to research that suits the following criteria: 

  • A master’s degree or an equivalent education within Molecular Biology (or similar scientific areas)
  • 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

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
  • Documented practical and theoretical experience from molecular biology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, biotechnology, MR and PET imaging.

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.
Chosen applicants will be invited to undergo an interview. More information regarding moving to Trondheim, Norway and working at NTNU.
How to apply:Applicants are asked to apply via this page, www.jobbnorge.no, and to attach all relevant documents, see list below.
Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm
Candidates from non-English speaking countries outside the Nordic countries must provide official documentation of their English competence. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficincy in English (CPE).The following results are required: TOEFL: 600/ writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet-based test) IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted) CAE/CPE:grade B or A.
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 (including list of publications, relevant former positions and copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas)
  • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor or employer
  • Contact information for at least two references (including email addresses and telephone number)
  • Other relevant information

Depending on qualifications and academic background, PhD Candidates at the Faculty of Medicine will be remunerated at wage code 1017 – levels 50-62 on the Norwegian State salary scale, with gross salary from NOK 429 400 – NOK 528 500 a year, of which 2% is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Normal wage level is 50-58, NOK 429 400 – NOK 491 100. 
The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations and supplementary rules with guidelines for employment as PhD Candidate appointments at universities and university colleges.
For further information about the positions, please contact:Research Scientist May-Britt Tessem, email: may-britt.tessem@ntnu.no, phone: +47 73598836/924 06 886.
For information concerning the application process, please contact:HR-contact Hanne Stixrud, email: hanne.stixrud@ntnu.no, phone: +47 918 97 968.
The application deadline is on 26 July 2015.


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