Head / Senior Engineer at Preclinical PET core facility (Department of Clinical Medicine)

Deadline: 13.10.2022

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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.

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The Faculty of Health Sciences

The position

The Faculty of Health Sciences (Helsefak) is the largest faculty with over 1000 employees and approx. 4000 students at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). The faculty is innovative at national level, joining under the same roof students from all the health-related professions. The faculty has a good research environment, growing research production and cooperates closely with the health service in the region, especially the University Hospital of North Norway (UNN).

100% permanent position as head engineer/senior engineer is opened at the preclinical PET core facility (PETcore) at Helsefak.

PETcore is organized at the Department of Clinical Medicine (IKM) at the Faculty of Health Science in UiT and affiliated to the Tromsø PET imaging center (PET-center) at UNN. Our focus is on delivering nuclear imaging services to UiT/UNN researchers. We are an R&D core facility, performing tracer developing studies, establishing imaging methods, as well as participating in study design, performance and data analysis in the projects ran at our platform. At the PET-center, there are appr. 50 positions, and the environment is highly multidisciplinary. The institution counts with a cyclotron for the generation of radionuclides, state-of-the-art equipment for the production of radiotracers, new equipment for small animal in vivo imaging and clinical positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission tomography (SPECT), computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) scanners. The platform is mainly run by 3 researchers in tight collaboration with the other employees at the PET imaging center and the users.

The PETcore possesses a three-modality scanner (PET/SPECT-CT); an image guided mouse irradiator, containing a bioluminescence imaging unit, and a new preclinical 7T PET-MR scanner. All the imaging equipment mentioned is located within animal barriers in the department of Comparative Medicine (AKM). AKM is a research department at the Helsefak approved by the authorities in order to establish and use animals in biomedical research. AKM and the PETcore serve users from the entire UiT, from UNN and from other research institutions in the region. The employee will work closely together with the R&D section at the PET-center and AKM.

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

Job description

The employee shall assume responsibilities and tasks related to the operation and management of preclinical imaging scanning equipment and irradiator. Typical tasks will be the establishment and optimization of procedures, quality assurance of the different equipment and operational functions, maintenance/service of the machines, assistance in experimental planning and training of users, counseling, handling the animals during animal experiments, running of the scanners during experimentation and data analysis. The position involves exposure to animal allergens that are not beneficial to people prone to, or with already developed allergies. There is the opportunity for participation at national and international courses and conferences. The working environment is interdisciplinary, team based and presents good opportunities for participation in research projects. Our main goal is to offer quality service to the researchers performing experiments in the facility.


Further information on the position can be obtained from the:

Head of the PET-center, Rune Sundset:

Administrative issues are to be addressed to Head of Office, Arvid Inge Paulsen:

We are looking forward to receiving your application.


Relevant education at the MSc level, as well as relevant practice and competence in the field of study.

Special emphasis will be placed on experience and expertise in image analysis and image protocol optimization, the use of radioactive isotopes and quality assurance of equipment and procedures as well as previous demonstrated experience in molecular imaging analysis in PET and/or SPECT.

Applicants should also have a good knowledge of radiation safety (HSE) and experience in the handling of the relevant experimental animals (rodents). The hired person shall possess FELASA accreditation.

A good candidate for this position must be accurate, independent and systematic.

Since the PETcore is a service platform where many different researchers from different backgrounds try to find answers to their hypothesis, it is important that the candidate shall be service-minded oriented and sociable.

The hired person may not have known allergy to animals, nor rodents at home as pets (due to the risk of infection to the animals).

You must be fluent in English, and should have a good command of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language, if not you must be willing to learn Norwegian within two years.

Current candidates will be invited for interview. In addition to the formal requirements that must be met, personal qualities and suitability for the position will be of great importance.

We offer

  • A good working environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

Remuneration of this positions are in salary code 1087 Head Engineer or code 1181 Senior Engineer, depending on qualifications, on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, (depending on qualifications). There is a 2% deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no, and shall include:

  • CV and application letter
  • Diplomas and transcripts
  • Written references
  • Relevant publications
  • Contact information to 2-3 references

All documentation must be authorized and translated to Norwegian or English/Scandinavian language by an accredited translator.

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University i 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.

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.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability. Questions can be directed to the contact person for the position.

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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