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PhD Research Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering

Deadline: 09.06.2022

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The research at the Department of Physics covers a broad range of subfields within physics and technology: From space research to medical physics. A good proportion of the research is interdisciplinary, and conducted in close cooperation with collaborators in Norway and abroad.

Education and teaching are other essential activities. We offer a broad range of courses, and the Department is involved in several study programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level. Some of the best lecturers in Norway are amongst our employees, and we are proud of our prizewinning teaching and learning environment. The Department has 200 employees, of which 50 are permanent scientific positions. On a yearly basis 20 students complete their Ph.D. and 50 finish their M.Sc. degree.

Job description

Applications are invited for a 3-year position as PhD Fellow within the SmartSense transdisciplinary consortium at the Department of Physics. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Starting date August 1. 2022.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

More about the position

The present PhD project is to develop instrumentation combining real-time metabolic and electrophysiological neural sensing – adapted for mouse models – with the aim to investigate the brain-adipose tissue crosstalk during sleep. The SmartSense consortium overarching goal is to determine whether adolescence sleep deprivation may elicit long-term metabolic imbalance.

For information on the SmartSense research consortium see here.

The Oslo Bioimpedance and Medical Technology group is part of the Electronics Section at the Department of Physics, UiO. The group mainly conducts basic research on the passive electrical properties of biomaterials (bioimpedance) and develops sensor technologies based on these properties. They have developed sensor technologies for use in medical fields such as diabetes, neurology, cardiology, dermatology, physiology, robotic surgery, and mental health, and are now extending their work into the fields of epigenetics and brain research.

The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary research consortium and will work in close collaboration with experts in neurosciences and metabolism to establish new sensors based on measurements technologies such as cyclic voltammetry, electrical bioimpedance and dielectric relaxation spectroscopy, utilizing wireless transmission protocols. Electrode systems for these methods will also be developed, as well as numerical modelling, such as with Comsol Multiphysics.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to take a leading role in this research and to collaborate with both national and international experts. They will receive main supervision from Prof. Ørjan G. Martinsen at the Department of Physics, UiO, and additional co-supervision from Dr. Charlotte Boccara, group leader at the Norwegian Centre for Molecular Medicine.




Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in bioengineering, electronics, or related discipline. Foreign completed degrees (M.Sc.-level) must correspond to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system.
  • A good understanding of basic electromagnetism
  • Experience with electronics design and sensor systems
  • A genuine interest for biomedical research

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2022 to complete the final exam.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with
  • impedance based sensor systems
  • physiological measurements
  • data acquisition and programming (e.g. Python)
  • numerical modelling
  • miniaturization of electronics
  • wireless protocols
  • artificial intelligence

Grade and language requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required

English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements.

Personal skills:

  • Good social and collaboration skills and ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary scientific environment.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:



We offer

  • Salary NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter including a description of scientific interests and the motivation for applying for the position (max. 2 pages)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 1-2 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system (please follow the link “Apply for this job”). Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Interviews will be used as part of the hiring process.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds

Contact information

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Elin Thoresen, e-mail: [email protected].

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