PhD Fellow in Molecular Cancer Research

Deadline: 04.12.2020

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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The Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences represents a newly created entity gathering almost all possible health study programs. This facilitates an unique interdisciplinarity and innovation in health education and research. We work closely with the services in the North to solve tomorrow's challenges.

Faculty of Health Sciences / Department of Medical Biology

The position

A PhD position is available at the Department of Medical Biology (IMB), Faculty of Health Sciences with the Molecular Cancer Research Group (MCRG).

The successful candidate will be involved in the research conducted at IMB in close collaboration with national and international partners in the research group MCRG. The PhD work will be on selective autophagy, with focus on the regulatory roles of post-translational modifications such as ubiquitylation. The work will include high-resolution microscopy studies in relevant human cancer cell lines, analytical biochemical experiments and proteomic analyses, data processing and publication of results, participation with presentations at project meetings and other relevant scientific fora.

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

The position is available for commencement from January 1st and is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year, and will consist of teaching and other duties for the Faculty. The duties will be allocated based on the applicant’s qualifications and the needs of the Department, and may include exam work, leading seminars, and leading or assisting on lab courses.

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: https://uit.no/phd-en

The project

The Molecular Cancer Research Group explores the molecular mechanisms that are involved in the cellular renovation system selective autophagy. Selective autophagy is highly relevant in pathological conditions such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, muscle- and heart diseases, infections and diabetes. The selectivity in the process is determined by autophagy receptors, and we search knowledge on how the activity and selectivity of these receptors are regulated. The candidate will be associated with an ongoing project focusing on how post-translational modifications such as ubiquitylation regulates selective autophagy in general, identification of ubiquitylation enzymes involved and specifically how they modulate the activity of the autophagy receptors.


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Department of Medical Biology

The research conducted by the Department of Medical Biology (IMB) focuses on fundamental biomedical questions and comprises research on various types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, the body's immune system and resistance to antibiotics. The department also takes part in marine bioprospecting and in the development of new medicines. As part of an extensive cooperation network that includes both Norwegian and international partners, the Department chairs and participates in a number of projects funded by the European Union and the Research Council of Norway.

The main emphasis of the Department's teaching is related to the medicine and odontology programs, a bachelor's program in bioengineering, as well as on bachelor's, master's and doctoral level in biomedicine. The department contributes to education of students of nutrition, paramedics, radiography and nursing. The department also hosts Rettsgenetisk senter (RGS), Center for New Antibacterial Strategies (CANS), and the Advanced Microscopy Core Facility (KAM) and Tromsø University Proteomics Platform (TUPP).

We offer

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

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: Welcome to UiT!


A requirement for the position is the completion of a Master’s degree in biochemistry/molecular biology/cell biology/medical biology/biomedicine or Norwegian Candidate of Medicine or other relevant educations that have been approved as equivalent to these.

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 and submit a draft version of the thesis. You must document completion of your degree before commencement in the position.

Applicants must document experience and knowledge in basal molecular biology methods, molecular imaging, and cell culturing. Documented experience in CRISPR/Cas9 work, recombinant DNA technologies, transfection of cells and bioinformatics analyses will be evaluated as positive. Previous experience from working with autophagy is regarded as beneficial.

Documented knowledge of English as stated here is required.

Both a strong academic record and a genuine interest in conducting research are essential to qualify for the position. Your Master’s thesis, academic record, and other application materials must demonstrate this. The candidate must be able to work systematically, independently, and have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary research team. Previous research experience is desirable. During the assessment, emphasis will be placed on your potential for research, communicative and collaborative skills, as well as personal suitability and the motivation and interest in the project. You may also submit academic works which you wish us to consider during the assessment process.

The position requires admission to the Faculty's PhD programme. Information about requirements is available here: https://uit.no/phd-en


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

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV - summarizing education, positions and academic work
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Documentation on English proficiency. This website states how English profiency shall be documented
  • Written references
  • Contact information to 1-3 references
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works

The documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language.

All documentation must be uploaded within the application deadline.

We only accept applications through Jobbnorge.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the application documents and the text of the announcement. The Assessment Committee will give emphasis to the potential for research, as presented in the Master’s thesis or equivalent, or in any other academic works.

In the assessment, consideration may also be given to professional experience and any other activity which may be significant for the completion of the doctoral degree, as well as to any pedagogical qualifications. This includes pedagogical training, teaching experience, experience of public education and experience/training of other kinds.

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.

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.

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.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova 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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