PhD research fellowship - Faculty of Social and Health Sciences

Deadline: 03.06.2022

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 15,000 students and 1,000 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.

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PhD research fellowship - Variability in responses to endurance exercise training in untrained and trained individuals

About the position

The Faculty of Social and Health Sciences at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN) invites applications for a PhD research fellowship. The place of work is Lillehammer. The period of the fellowship is four years. The fellowship involves mandatory work amounting to 25% distributed over the period of employment, with teaching and supervision at Section for Health and Exercise Physiology as central tasks. The academic and research community supporting the doctoral programme with supervision and research training comprises a number of professors and associate professors working in the relevant academic fields, and the successful candidate will become a member of the “Trainome” research group.

Candidates must qualify for admission to the university’s PhD programme, and the doctoral education is carried out within this programme. Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

About the doctoral project

The PhD position's overall research focus is exercise physiology within sports sciences. The project will constitute endurance exercise training interventions, with collection of performance and health data from endurance trained and untrained participants.

Lifestyle therapy with exercise is central to preventing and treating key health challenges in today's society. Unfortunately, the effects of such therapy vary greatly between individuals. Many people do not experience the expected beneficial effects on key health determinants such as metabolic and muscle mass - function (they are low responders), even after long-term treatment. We know little about the underlying causes, their relationship to the internal physiological milieu, genotype, phenotype, environmental factors and exercise characteristics. The main goal of this PhD project is to explore the variability between and within individuals in response to endurance exercise training.

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Eligibility requirements

We welcome applicants with relevant theoretical and practical experience and education. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate that wants to address a scientific challenge in a stimulating collaborative environment. You should like to work as part of a team, both at INN and internationally, yet be willing to take on responsibilities independently. You are required to be an independent learner - with the ability to perform demanding tasks within defined time frames. Personal qualities will be essential for the final ranking of candidates

  • Two-year Master's degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines with the average grade of B or better, as defined by the Norwegian Qualifications Framework (120 credits). Alternative educational backgrounds will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if academically equivalent.
  • Master's degree should be in sport physiology or equivalent
  • Experience with endurance exercise testing
  • Experience with longitudinal training interventions
  • Experience with complex data handling is an advantage
  • Experience from laboratory is an advantage


Excellent communication skills in a Scandinavian language and English, both oral and written.

Personal competence

  • A good implementation ability
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills towards both colleagues and partners
  • Flexibility and independence will be emphasized

Evaluation of candidates for the position will be based on a total assessment of educational background and other eligibility requirements, as defined in the advertisement.

How to apply

Your application and CV must be registered electronically. Click the “Apply for position” button.

The application must include:

  • Application letter (registered in jobbnorge's form). In the application letter, please provide the topic of the project, a description of your background and your motivation for the position.
  • Relevant educational background and experience (registered in jobbnorge's form).

We kindly request that you enclose the following:

  • Proposed project description of the study (max 6 pages, including references), outlining its academic relevance, research questions, methods, challenges and possibilities, and containing a tentative progression plan. The project description must be written in English.
  • Copies of academic diplomas and transcripts
  • A list of publications, where applicable
  • Any other documentation you would like us to consider

Attachments must be uploaded as separate files. If the attachments exceed 30 MB, they must be compressed prior to upload. Documents submitted after expiry of the deadline will not be considered in the evaluation of your application.

The government workforce must, to the greatest extent possible, reflect the diversity of the population. Therefore, the university’s personnel policy aims to achieve balance in terms of age and gender, and to recruit individuals with disabilities and recruit from ethnic minority groups. The person appointed must abide by the instructions applicable to the position, the university’s internal administrative policies, and the laws, regulations and agreements that otherwise apply to the position at all times.

Candidates finishing master`s degree after the application deadline will also be considered, with the requirement that the average grade of B or better is obtained before employment. Complete degree certificate must be forwarded as soon as possible and not later than 01.07.2022.

We offer

  • An exciting and challenging position at a developing institution, dedicated colleagues and a supportive working environment

The position is paid and placed in position code 1017, PhD candidate in the Government Salary Regulations

For more information about INN University as an employer, please see here.

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