PhD Fellow in Environmental and Occupational Health affiliated with the Changing Arctic Research School

Deadline: 23.02.2023

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. Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

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Faculty of Health Sciences

Changing Arctic Research School

UiT the Arctic University of Norway started the transdisciplinary research school "Changing Arctic" in August 2022, with PhD candidates and supervisors from all seven university faculties. The research school has a focus on renewable energy, food security, health, and welfare. “Changing Arctic” will collaborate with actors in the private and public sector. The research outcomes will contribute to resilience and transformation in the Arctic and will thus operationalize Sustainable Development Goals.

The training will provide PhD candidates with knowledge, professional and transferable skills, and general competences that enables them to contribute to innovative and sustainable solutions for the Arctic. The research school will arrange courses, seminars, workshops, and excursions, and will organise secondments in private enterprises, NGOs, and public institutions. This is to ensure the relevance of project outcomes and enhance the employability of the PhD graduates. Read more about the research school Changing Arctic | UiT.

The position

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of four years. One year is distributed as 25 % each year and will consist of teaching (10%) and other duties such as secondments and interactions with the industry or the public sector. The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

The workplace is based at the UiT Campus in Tromsø, Norway. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer. The Research School class starts on the 1st of September 2023.

The position’s affiliation and field of research

In addition of being a member of the research school, the doctoral candidate will be employed by the Department of Community Medicine, at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The supervisors of work would be professor, PhD Tiina Ikäheimo, research group leader, MD, PhD Anje Höper and postdoctoral researcher, PhD Erlend Farbu.

The doctoralstudent will conduct research in the field of occupational health, and more specifically related to studying the impacts of the changing climate on human health, thereby addressing the focus area health and wellbeing of the Changing Arctic doctoral school. The changing Arctic climate is likely to bring about more temperature extremes and higher variability in weather that will challenge the preparedness of people working outdoors. Persons with type 2 diabetes (T2D) are vulnerable to climate extremes and represent a reasonable number of the working population.

However, the mechanisms explaining the observed higher amount of health care visits and mortality of persons with T2D connected with exposure to high or low temperatures are not well understood. The doctoral student will analyze physiological data collected from a laboratory study in Finland and where persons with T2D and controls were exposed to both warm and cold temperatures at rest. The data comprises of measures cardiac function, blood pressure, metabolic rate, skin temperatures, blood flow, amount of sweating, thermal sensations, and comfort, as well as several blood parameters. Secondly, the student shall report the results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The doctoral candidate will be affiliated with the research group Occupational Health in the North - an interdisciplinary research group addressing various research questions related to occupational health analysing data from different types of studies and employing both qualitative and quantitative methods.


For further information about the position and research project, please contact

For further information about the The Changing Artic Research School, contact Professor Michaela Aschan and Senior Adviser Hanne Risan Johnsen:


This position requires:

  • A master's degree in fields of science, such as physiology, health technology, medicine, public or environmental health, or other relevant fields to the topic
  • English proficiency

It is considered an advantage if you have experience in:

  • (Human) laboratory research
  • Measuring and processing bio signals and/or health technology
  • Working in the field of occupational health
  • Working in a team
  • Conducting statistical analyses
  • Authoring publications and/or reports
  • Communicating in Norwegian, Finnish or another Scandinavian language

In the assessment, the emphasis is on the applicant's potential to complete a research education based on the master's thesis or equivalent, and any other scientific work. The project description will also be considered. In addition, other experience of significance for the completion of the doctoral programme may be given consideration.

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

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

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 and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.

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.

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.

Applicants with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation of whether the educational background is equal to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines from NOKUT. Depending on which country the education is from, one or two additional years of university education may be required to fulfil admission requirements, e.g. a 4-year bachelor's degree and a 2-year master's degree.

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 in a transdisciplinary research school
  • A good and interdisciplinary academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues 
  • Good career opportunities, and high employability after successful graduation
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • A stunning Arctic landscape and diversity of outdoor activities
  • Remuneration normally starts at 501 200 NOK/year
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here.


Kindly be advised that in order to be evaluated for the position, your application must include the following:

  • CV
  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • Diploma for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Documentation of proficiency in Norwegian, Finnish or a Scandinavian language (if applicable)
  • References with contact information
  • Master’s thesis, and any other academic works
  • Project description (max 4 pages)

The applicants must present a description outlining the academic basis of the PhD project. The project description shall not exceed 4 pages, literature references included. It must include a description of the theme, research question(s), and a reasoning of the choices. It should also indicate the methodologies to be used, and what actors outside the academia to involve. The final project description will be developed in cooperation with the supervision team after employment

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. 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.

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.

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.

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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