PhD candidate at the Department of Computer and Information Sience within “Epigenetics” at Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science. The Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering ( at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for one PhD candidate position at the Department of Computer and Information Science (

Information about the department

The Department of Computer and Information Science (IDI) is the largest department in the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, with approx. 140 employees of which the scientific personnel are organized in 5 research groups. The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the Algorithms, HPC and Graphics group ( Further information can be found at the department’s and the group’s web pages.

Work description

The PhD candidate will be a member of the Epi++ project team, which is a multi-disciplinary research project involving IDI and the Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine (DMF), NTNU. The project is using bioinformatics, genomics, and molecular biology techniques to investigate mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance and reprogramming in mammals, and is a collaborative effort between bioinformaticians and molecular biologists. The current position will focus on the molecular biology and genomics aspects of the project; central techniques for the position will be short RNA transfection, chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), nuclear run-on, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated DNA editing, and high-throughput sequencing and data analyses. The lab-work will be done at DMF’s state-of-the-art lab facilities.

The appointment is for a term of 3 years without duties. This is a researcher training position aimed at providing promising future researchers the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral degree.

Qualifications A relevant degree at a Master level in Molecular Biology or equivalent with excellent results is required; a minimum requirement is an average grade B as measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grades. Students in their final stage of completing their Master’s degree are also invited to apply. Additionally, experience in the following techniques is an advantage: siRNA or shRNA transfection, lentiviral shRNA transduction, ChIP, nuclear run-on, CRISPR/Cas9, cell synchronization, or analyses of data from high throughput sequencing.

The PhD fellowship position will be awarded on a competitive basis. Emphasis will be put on personal qualities and potential as a researcher. Documented experience from research projects is an advantage, as are publications in recognized international peer-reviewed scientific journals, presentations at recognized international scientific meetings, and a degree from a reputable university in the field. Proficiency in written and oral English is required. Foreign applicants not having English as native language have to document proficiency in English. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test),
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted),
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

Being a member of an interactive and international project team, successful candidates should have strong communication and cooperation skills.

Formal regulation

Appointments are made in accordance with the regulations in force regarding terms of employment for PhD candidates issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a PhD candidate at NTNU. Applicants must undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme of study during their period of employment. The person who is appointed must comply with the conditions that apply at any time to employees in the public sector. In addition, a contract will be signed regarding the period of employment, including duty work if relevant.

Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See for information about PhD studies at IME, NTNU.

Salary conditions

The position is in code 1017 Stipendiat, salary grade range 50-62 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 430 200 – 529 500 per year depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2 % is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


We can offer

  • a professional research environment targeting scientific and technological challenges with dedicated colleagues, and
  • attractive schemes for housing loan, insurance and pension in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering wants to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Pål Sætrom, Phone +47 72 57 30 11, Email: For information about processing of applications, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth, Phone +47 73 59 67 15, Email:

The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.

The application must contain

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with information about the candidate’s prior training, exams, and work experience;
  • certified copies of transcripts and diplomas;
  • a short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study and how the applicant sees his/her background as suitable for PhD studies;
  • the applicant’s view of research challenges within the area of the PhD position (up to 1000 words);
  • at least 2 reference persons;
  • master thesis (in PDF); if the applicant has not yet submitted his/her MSc thesis, he/she should instead include a short description of the thesis project, its current status and main findings; and
  • publications that the applicant wishes to be taken into account; joint work must clearly indicate the applicant’s contribution.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. The application must be sent electronically as one combined PDF file via

Mark the application: IME 048-2015

Deadline: 2015-09-05

Further reference