PhD Candidate in statistics at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Deadline: January 15, 2019

UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a position vacant for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD).

The position is at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics affiliated with its research group in Complex Systems Modelling.

The appointment is for a fixed period of four years, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the program 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.

Further information about the position is available by contacting:

  • Professor Martin Rypdal, Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Associate professor Sigrunn Sørbye, Head of the group in Complex Systems Modelling

The application and attachments (see below) must be submitted electronically via the application form available on the web-page:

The position’s affiliation

The Faculty of Science and Technology consists of six departments:

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics consists of four research groups:

  • Algebra
  • Complex Systems Modelling
  • Geometry and mathematical physics
  • Machine Learning

The department provides education at the Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels. The department comprises 17 faculty members and conducts research and education at a high international level. The academic staff are engaged in several international collaborative projects.

The research group in Complex Systems Modelling currently has five professors, and several postdoctors and PhD students. Two of the professors are statisticians, and the others have backgrounds in physics and mathematics.

The position’s field of research/research project and other duties

The PhD candidate is expected to do research in the area of statistics and data science, with applications to public health and/or medicine. We offer the possibility to work transdisciplinary with collaborators from The Department of Community Medicine and/or The Department of Computer Science. A PhD project can be linked to the university’s transdisciplinary effort “Befolkningsundersøkelser i nord” (Population studies in the North).

The position will be assigned teaching duties in statistics and/or mathematics.

Qualification requirements

The candidate should have a background at a Master’s level in statistics, data science, machine learning or closely related fields. Emphasis shall also be attached to personal suitability.

To gain admission to the PhD programme, you must have a grade average of C or better. Further information about requirements for admission to PhD studies is available here:

The successful applicant must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD program. In addition, he/she must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification. The faculty can under special circumstances grant dispensation from this requirement on the basis that the applicant is proficient in Norwegian.


Your application must include:

  • Letter of application
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • copies of:

- diploma and transcript from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

- diploma and transcript from your Master’s degree or equivalent

- diploma supplement for completed degrees

- documentation of English language proficiency

  • List of works and description of these (see below)

The list of works shall contain the following information:

  • author(s), the work’s title
  • for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
  • for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages
  • The works (published or unpublished) which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process must be submitted
  • List of references with contact information.

All photocopies of certificates, diplomas, transcript and reference letter must be stamped and certified by the photocopying or a public office.

All documentation that is to be evaluated must be certified and translated into English or a Scandinavian language.

Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

Working conditions

The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25% of each year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the university.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the research fellow has already completed parts of his/her research training program or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position (PhD Candidate, 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 Candidate 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. In addition, UiT pays 12 % directly to the Pension Fund on top of the salary.

UiT has good welfare arrangements for employees, including beneficial arrangements for pension, insurances and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

More information about moving to Norway:


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. In this assessment process, emphasis will be on the applicant’s potential for research as shown by a Master’s thesis or equivalent, and any other academic works. In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, experience from popularization and experience/education from other types of dissemination. Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.


We make the appointment in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. The university is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and we 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. You may request to not be registered on the public list of applicants, but the University may decide that your name will be made public. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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