Researcher in NMR Spectroscopy innovation at Department of Pharmacy

Deadline: 21.07.2024

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. 

The Faculty of Health Sciences at UiT The Arctic University of Norway 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. Read more about us at uit.no/helsefak

The position

The Faculty of Health Sciences has a Research position available for a period of 2 years. The position is affiliated with the Natural products and Medicinal Chemistry group at the Department of Pharmacy. 

The position is available for commencement from September 2024. 

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time, within 6 months after receiving the offer.

Department of Pharmacy

The position is affiliated to the Department of Pharmacy, which consists of seven research groups: Drug Transport and Delivery, Cell Signalling and Targeted therapy, Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry (which this position affiliated to), Microbiology, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacoepidemiology, Infection Biology, and Computational Pharmacology. The Department has around 30 permanent positions. In addition, there is a variable number of PhD students, postdocs and part time positions. The Department is responsible for a bachelor’s and a master’s program in pharmacy. Teaching is given at both undergraduate and graduate levels. For more information, visit the Department’s web pages.

About the group

The Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry group currently consist of two professors and three associate professors, two technicians as well as several PhD students/PostDocs. The members of the research group are also responsible for courses in medicinal chemistry and analytical chemistry at bachelor, master and PhD level. You can learn more about the research group by visiting the Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry group webpage. The project is a collaborative project with the Drug Transport and Delivery group, and is thus a multidisciplinary project.

About the research project

The research project is an innovation project exploring the possibility to divide NMR tubes in multiple compartments and study transport phenomena in real-time. The project involves multidisciplinary research within the fields of NMR spectroscopy, permeability, chemistry and product development. During the project period, a second generation of prototypes will be produced and evaluated in different applications. 

In this work, a brand new 700 MHz spectrometer, being installed in August 2024, will be used, together with instrumentation from the Norwegian NMR platform. The project is associated with world leading experts in pulse sequence development and is also collaborating with representatives from the NMR industry. Abroad secondments are possible. 

We strongly encourage career development not only limited to authorship of research manuscripts arising from this work, but also including conferences and collaborations.


To be awarded the position of Research Fellow, a Norwegian doctorate degree, or a corresponding international doctorate degree that is recognised as being equal to the Norwegian doctorate degree, is preferred. Researcher position without a PhD degree could be considered for a particularly strong candidate with a Master in NMR spectroscopy. 

The successful applicant must have completed or submitted a MSc or PhD degree within the topic of NMR spectroscopy. Prior experience with advanced NMR will be considered particularly advantageous. Hands-on experience in any type of product development or experiment optimization is beneficial. 

Demonstrated multidisciplinary skills and a strong publication record will be considered in shortlisting applicants. Researchers with experience from relevant multidisciplinary projects are particularly welcome to apply.

Applicants in the final stage of the MSc/PhD degree can apply but must document completion of the degree within September 2024 to be qualified for the position. 

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Good communication skills in English - both written and orally - are required. The candidate should be able to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. 

We will emphasize the applicants motivation for the position and personal suitability. 

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Good collaboration skills
  • Abilities for good communication and interaction with colleagues and students
  • Abilities and desires to contribute to a good working environment

We can offer 

  • Interesting work tasks in a cutting-edge multidisciplinary research project 
  • A vibrant international research community 
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues 
  • Good career opportunities 
  • A large degree of independence in work 
  • State-of-the-art research infrastructure 
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective agreement 
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

Norwegian health policy aims to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their personal finances and where they live, has access to good health and care services of equal standard. As an employee you will become member of the National Insurance Scheme which also include health care services.

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here.

Work- and salary conditions

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

The remuneration for Researcher is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1109 or scale code 1108 depending on qualifications. 

A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted. As a state employee, you have one of the best pension schemes available. For more information see: spk.no

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment.

We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application.

If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it.

Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests. 
  • CV containing an overview of education, positions, supervised professional training and professional work
  • Copies of diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees, translated to English or a Scandinavian language; certified copies must be provided upon request)
  • Documentation of English proficiency. This website states how English proficiency shall be documented
  • 2-3 reference letters with contact details of the referees
  • List of academic works identifying up to 3 selected academic works to be attached. (The doctoral thesis is here counted as one work.) 
  • Description of the attached works, and a short description of other works to show breadth of output

The documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. 

If you’re at the final stages of your PhD or MSc degree, you may still apply if you have submitted your thesis for degree evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. Documentation of your completed PhD or MSc degree must be submitted before commencement.

Applications will only be considered if all requested application documents are received before the application deadline. We only accept applications sent via www.jobbnorge.no.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee's mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants' qualifications on the basis of the written material presented by the applicants, and the detail description draw up for the position. 

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things, aim to clarify the applicants personal suitability for the position and motivations. A trial lecture may also be held.

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. 

More information about moving to Norway and working at UiT.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

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