PhD-position (4 years) - Department of Clinical Science

Deadline: 01.10.2023

University of Bergen

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PhD-position (4 years)

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Science, a PhD-position (100 %) is available for a period of four (4) years or max 4 months after completed the PhD-degree, if this is achieved within a shorter time than four years. The positions include 25 % required duties such as teaching, exam work or supervision, depending on the demands at the department.

The position is funded by the University of Bergen.

About the project/work tasks:

The Mohn Center for Diabetes Precision Medicine is a national referral center for patients with diabetes and an internationally recognized center for precision medicine. This project proposes to use machine learning on rich biobank and registry information to better tailor the care provided to patients. The candidate will be given the opportunity to work on the unique Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), the Norwegian Diabetes Registry, and the Norwegian MODY registry.

In collaboration with the other members of the team, the candidate will be in charge of designing genetic, proteomic, and phenotypic risk scores for patients with diabetes. These scores will be used to locate patients on the spectrum of the different forms of diabetes, and when possible, adapt medical care accordingly. The PhD candidate will be given the necessary training to conduct this ambitious project, the opportunity to contribute to high-profile research publications, and receive active mentoring for the development of their career.

The project will be led under the joint supervision of the team of Prof. Njølstad at the Mohn Center for Diabetes Precision Medicine and Prof. Miriam Udler at the Broad institute of MIT and Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. The candidate will be located at the Mohn Center for Diabetes Precision Medicine at the Children and Youth Hospital in Bergen, Norway; and will be offered the opportunity to conduct research stays in the team of Prof. Udler.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a master`s degree or equivalent in medicine, medical data science, genomics, or biomedicine

Applicants must

  • explain their motivation for the proposed project/work tasks in their application letter
  • have solid computer science, mathematics, or biomedical knowledge, and be eager to expand their knowledge in these fields with application in the clinics.
  • be skilled with the handling of biomedical data and proficient in one programming language (e.g. Python or R).
  • be able to work independently in a structured manner, willing to constantly learn and challenge themselves, and demonstrate good collaborative skills and team spirit.
  • be fluent in both written and oral English

It will be an advantage if applicants

  • have experience of diabetes research
  • have experience in patient classification and precision medicine
  • have experience with international collaboration

Applicants are especially encouraged to apply if they

  • want to make a difference for patients.
  • want to conduct an international career in healthcare research and development.
  • are unsure whether they are suited but feel that they can bring something unique and positive.

Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir) whether the education (bachelor and master degree) in question is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see here for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. The review from HK-dir may take some time and the application should be sent to HR-dir as soon as you have decided to apply for the position. If no answer within the application deadline, you may enclose documentation from HR-dir that they have received your application.

See documentation requirements for language qualifications here.

About the PhD position (applies to university PhD positions):

Organized research training (PhD program):

The candidate must take part in the University of Bergen approved PhD programme leading to the degree within a time limit of 3 years. You must have admission to the organized research training (PhD program) at the Faculty in order to qualify for the position. Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline for the training plan must be submitted no later than three months after the date of commencement.

The PhD-position:

PhD-positions are fixed term positions. You cannot be employed in a PhD-position for more than one fixed term period at the same institution or have had similar employment at an institution in the region.

We can offer:

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary NOK 540 500 (code 1017, pay grade 55) in the state salary scale. For applicants with at least one year of employment in a position as a General Practitioner or Dentist, salary NOK 557 100 (code 1017, pay grade 57). Medical specialist starts on salary NOK 575 400 (code 1017, pay grade 59).
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • a brief account of the applicant`s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades. Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from HK-dir whether the education in question (both bachelor and master degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see https://hkdir.no/en/ for more information about HR-dir’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from HK-dir that they have received your application
  • documentation of language skills (English) 
  • complete list of publications and scientific work you want to be evaluated
  • any publication in your name
  • two references (name and contact information)

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: 

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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