PhD Fellow in cardiac cell biology affiliated with the project “MitoTransfer”

Deadline: 14.02.2024

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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Faculty of Health Sciences

The position

A PhD position is available at the Department of Clinical MedicineFaculty of Health Sciences with the Clinical Cardiovascular Research Group

The position is for a period of three years.The position is affiliated with the research project “MitoTransfer: intercellular transfer and transplantation of mitochondria in engineered heart tissue” financed by “hjerte-og karrådet i Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen”.The successful applicant will be working as an active member of the Clinical Cardiovascular Research group. Our group is involved in the Horizon2020 research project “OrganVision”, which involves research groups in different disciplines and five different countries. Thus, the PhD candidate will be involved in international collaborations with other PhDs, Postdocs and PIs from different fields such as, computational microscopy, artificial intelligence, and ultra-fast microscopy.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address: PhD - Faculty of Health Sciences

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

The project / The position’s field of research

 The research field of this PhD position is molecular cardiac cell biology, and the work will involve 3D cardiac cell culture derived from human inducible pluripotent stem cells.

The overall aim of this project is to generate novel insights into cardiac mitochondria intercellular transfer mechanisms and explore the therapeutic effect of mitochondria transplantation


For further information about the position and UiT contact: 


An educational requirement for the position is the completion of a master’s degree in molecular biology, biomedicine, or medicine.

Qualification with a Master’s degree is required before commencement in the position.

If you are near completion of your Master’s degree, you may still apply but the master’s thesis must be submitted for evaluation within the application deadline.

Documented fluency in English is required, and working knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is desirable.

The successful applicant should have experience in experimental laboratory work in biochemistry and molecular cell biology. Previous experience within the research field and/or with relevant methodology will be considered an advantage.

During the assessment, the emphasis will be on your potential for research, motivation, and personal suitability for the position. 

Personal aspects desired for the position are:

  • high working capacity
  • strong dedication and motivation
  • independence
  • good communication and collaborative skills

The applicants assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview and will also be asked to comment on a selected scientific paper.

Admission to the PhD programme 

For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Health Sciences

Admission normally requires:

  • A bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and a master's degree of 120 ECTS, or an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS. 
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTS for a master's degree of 120 ECTS. 
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 20 ECTS for an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS. 

UiT normally accepts higher education from countries that are part of the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

Applicants must have a grade of C or better on the master's thesis and have a grade point average of C or better for the master's degree. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found here.

 If you are employed in the position, you will be provisionally admitted to the PhD programme. Application for final admission must be submitted no later than two months after taking up the position. 

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 are 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 at 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.

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project 
  • Good career opportunities 
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay 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 a member of the National Insurance Scheme which also includes health care services.

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


Your application must contain:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV - summarizing education, positions and academic work
  • Diplomas and transcripts from completed degrees
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of English proficiency (og eventuelt norsk), unless you have completed Norwegian, Danish or Swedish High School. This website states how English (and Norwegian) proficiency shall be documented.
  • 2-3 references with contact details
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works. 

Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. You may still apply if you are in the final stages of the master’s degree, but the master’s thesis must be submitted for evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis and transcript of grades for the master’s degree with your application.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. If English proficiency is not documented in the application, it must be documented before starting in the position. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.

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

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted. You will become a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which gives you many benefits in addition to a lifelong pension: You may be entitled to financial support if you become ill or disabled, your family may be entitled to financial support when you die, you become insured against occupational injury or occupational disease, and you can get good terms on a mortgage. Read more about your employee benefits at: spk.no.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years. 

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to the Personal Data Act information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure. 

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