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PhD Position in Molecular Biology

Deadline: 10.08.2019

The position

At the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Medical Biology, a 4-year PhD position has become available. We seek a motivated and enthusiastic PhD candidate to join the RNA and Molecular Pathology research group (RAMP) to work on long non-coding RNAs in cellular stress responses and breast cancer.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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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.

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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.

You will study the role of the long-noncoding RNA NEAT1 and paraspeckles in cellular stress response pathways, including the heat shock response, and breast cancer. You will employ a series of molecular biology techniques, RNA-sequencing, and proteomics to identify molecular partners of NEAT1. An overall objective for the research group is to bring forward NEAT1 as a therapeutic target in cancer treatment.

You will be part of a research team headed by Associate Professor Maria Perander that currently consists of 2 postdocs, 1 technician, and 1 graduate student. The team has close connections with local clinicians and a strong network of national and international collaborators.

You must teach at the Department's various courses. The duties will be allocated based on the applicant's qualifications and the needs of the Department, and may include exam work.


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This position requires a Master’s degree in biochemistry/molecular biology/cell biology/medical biology or Norwegian Candidate of Medicine degree or other education which has been approved as equivalent to these. An average grade equivalent to Norwegian C or better on relevant courses is required, and candidates with grade A or B on their Master’s degree will be preferred.

Candidates who have degree in medicine and have been enrolled in the “Forskerlinje” or have submitted the 5th year assignment within a relevant field, and master students in the final phase may also apply and submit a draft version of the thesis. He/she must document completion of degree before commencement in the position.

You must document experience and knowledge in basal molecular biology methods, cell imaging, and tissue culturing. Documented experience in CRISPR/Cas9 work, shRNA knockdown, and bioinformatics analyses of gene expression data will be evaluated as positive. Previous experience from working with long non-coding RNAs is regarded as beneficial.

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. We will emphasize personal suitability in our assessment.

Documented fluency in English is required.

The position requires admission to the PhD programme. Information about requirements and the PhD programme is available here: https://uit.no/helsefak/phd

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.


The application must include:

  • cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position
  • CV containing a complete overview of education, experience, professional work, pedagogical qualifications and references
  • diploma and transcript of Bachelor’s and 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

All documentation to be assessed must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language. Applications will only be considered if all requested application documents are received before the application deadline. Applications sent to us via e-mail or by any other means will not be considered.

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

  • Diploma from a Norwegian upper secondary school with both spoken and written English (140 hours)
  • 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.


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.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on your potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position.

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • A large degree of independence in work
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

The appointment is for a period of 4 years, and the nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % of each year, and will be put towards teaching or other work tasks undertaken for the university. 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. You 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.

The remuneration for PhD positions 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.

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


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.

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.

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

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

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