PhD position in analytical chemistry

Deadline: January 27, 2019

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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PhD position affiliated with the project “Investigation of long-term metabolites in doping analysis”

At the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Pharmacy a PhD position has become available for applicants wishing to take a Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) degree. The position is affiliated with the research group Natural products and medicinal chemistry.

The position is available for commencement from March 2019 and for a period of three years.

This is a training position which comprises complete research training working towards a doctorate degree, the objective. Acceptance onto the doctorate degree programme is a prerequisite for appointment to this position, and the study period will begin upon commencement of the employment. The PhD will participate in the faculty’s research training, and the doctorate degree project will be carried out over the course of the period of employment. Information on the application process for admissions to the PhD programme and on PhD regulations can be found on the website “The Research Fellow file”.

The position’s affiliation

The position is affiliated to The Department of Pharmacy (IFA), which consists of seven research groups: Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry (affiliation of this PhD position), Drug Transport and Delivery, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacoepidemiology, Infection Biology, and Computational Pharmacology. The Department has 32 permanent positions. In addition, there is a variable number of PhD student-, Post.Doc. and part time positions. The Department is responsible for a bachelor’s and a master’s program in pharmacy. Teaching is given at both undergraduate and graduate levels. For more information, visit the Department’s web pages:

About the research group

The Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry Research Group has research projects within two main scientific disciplines; bioanalytical chemistry and medicinal chemistry. Research projects in bioanalytical chemistry include proteomics and metabolomics studies, as well as targeted quantification of small molecules from biological samples. Research projects in medicinal chemistry include synthesis and studies of bioactive peptides and peptidomimetics for lead-compound identification, structure activity-relationship studies and mode-of-action studies.

The Natural Product and Medicinal Chemistry Research Group currently consists of one professor, three associate professors, two technicians-, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. The research group teaches courses in analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry and natural products chemistry at master and bachelor level.

About the research project

This project is performed in collaboration with the WADA accredited Doping Control Laboratory at the Seibersdorf Laboratories, Seibersdorf, Austria. A major part of the practical laboratory work will take place at Seibersdorf Laboratories, which requires the PhD student to spend time in Seibersdorf, Austria.

The main objective of the project is to investigate relevant long-term steroid metabolites for doping analysis. Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) are prohibited in sports due to their performance‐enhancing effects. An adequate detection of such steroids in doping analysis requires distinct knowledge of the human metabolism and the urinary excretion profile of steroids and metabolites, as well as state-of-the art methodology based on chromatography as well as multidimensional high resolution mass spectrometry.

The contact person for this position is:

Required qualifications

A requirement of the position is the completion of a master’s degree within pharmacy, medical biology, medicine, analytical chemistry or related fields, or other education that has been approved as equivalent to these.

Candidates should preferably have experience in the field of bioanalytical chemistry, chromatography and mass spectrometry. Experience in steroid analysis is also considered an advantage.

The candidate must be able to work systematically, independently and have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary research team. Emphasis will be placed on the communicative and collaborative skills, as well as personal suitability and the motivation and interest in the project.

If two applicants are considered equally qualified, applicants with a master’s degree in pharmacy will be preferred.

In order to be appointed a PhD position, the eligibility requirements for the faculty’s PhD programme must be met, cf. section 6, Regulations for the Degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Tromsø, with additional provisions concerning the Faculty of Health Sciences which can be found on the website with the Regulations for the PhD programme at the Faculty of health Sciences.

Applicants must have a documented knowledge of English which meets the requirements as stated in the Norwegian general university and college admission requirements.

We can offer

  • Interesting work tasks
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Good career opportunities
  • A large degree of independence in work
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

Working and payment conditions

The remuneration for a PhD position is in accordance with the State salary scale codes 1017 and 1378, depending on the qualifications of the former.

A compulsory contribution of 2% to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

Applications shall be sent electronically via and shall include:

  • cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position
  • project description, where relevant
  • CV containing a complete overview of education, experience, professional work, pedagogical qualifications and references
  • diplomas and certificates:
  • diploma and transcript of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (in original language and translated)
  • diploma and transcript of Master’s degree or equivalent (in original language and translated)
  • documentation of proficiency in English
  • any academic works, including the Master’s thesis
  • form for documentation of teaching qualifications, which can be found on the website with information for applicants for positions at UiT

Proficiency in the English language can be documented in the following ways:

  • Diploma from a Norwegian upper secondary school (or equivalent school within the EU/EEA) with both spoken and written English
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Testing Service)
  • Completed university degree in the field of English language or literature
  • One year’s completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or USA, for which English was the language of instruction.

Applications will only be considered if all requested application documents are received before the application deadline.

All documentation to be assessed must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language.

Applications sent to us via e-mail or by any other means will not be considered.


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.

The applicants who are assessed as 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 and motivations. A trial lecture may also be held.


In addition, applicants shall also refer to the supplementary provisions for the appointment to academic positions such as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow and Academic Assistant at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, and to regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident, which are available on the website “The Research Fellow file”.

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, including that of the physical state of the workplace, health services, possibilities for flexible working hours, part-time work, etc. may be addressed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

At UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, diversity is valued, and we therefore encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability or national or ethnic background. The university is an IW employer and places importance on making the necessary adaptations to working conditions for employees with disabilities.

Personal information given in an application and CV will be treated in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with section 25, subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the university may nevertheless decide to make the candidate’s name public. The applicant will receive advance notification of any such publication.

You can find more information on the website for arriving staff.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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