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Research Fellow connected to the project “Cardiotoxic effects of anti-cancer therapies”

Deadline 31.05.2019

The position, research and responsibilities

At the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Medical Biology (IMB), a position as Research Fellow has become available for applicants wishing to take a Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) degree. The position is affiliated with the Cardiovascular Research Group. The position is available for commencement from 01.10.2019 and for a period of four years.

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Many drugs currently used for cancer treatment have toxic side effects on the heart and may lead to acute decline in heart function and/or progressive development of heart failure. Increased oxidative stress, altered cardiac metabolism and reduced energetic status are suggested to play key roles in the disease progression.

This project will examine how drugs used for treatment of cancer impact on cardiac metabolism, e.g. substrate oxidation and oxygen consumption. In addition, we will explore the underlying cardio-toxic mechanisms of the drugs. Two experimental mouse models will be used, where heart failure is induced by anthracycline (a cytostatica) or a combination of anthracycline and herceptin (an antibody used to treat HER2-positive breastcancer).

An interest in cardiac/cardiovascular physiology and previous experience within this area is considered an advantage for the position.

Apart from the experimental work, the successful applicant must teach at various courses offered by the Department, depending on the applicant's qualifications and the needs of the Department.

The positions affliation

The Cardiovascular Research Group focuses on understanding underlying mechanisms of chronic and acute heart failure, as well as potential therapies for treatment of these conditions. The scientific activity of the group involves the use of experimental animal models, as well as work on the organ, cellular, organelle and molecular level.

IMB has approximately 180 employees, host 14 research groups involved in international collaborative projects focusing on fundamental biomedical topics, including research on various forms of cancer, cardiovascular and vascular diseases, the body's immune system and antibiotic resistance.

The department runs study programs at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, and provides education for students studying medicine, dentistry, biomedical laboratory sciences, biomedicine and nutrition.

The Faculty provides access to state of the art core facilities within bioimaging (microscopy and preclinical-PET), proteomics, metabolomics, genomics, bioinformatics, and clinical research. The Faculty also provides access to a modern research facility for both large and small research animals.


A requirement of the position is the completion of a relevant Master’s degree (Msc), a Norwegian Candidate with a Medicine degree (MD), a veterinary degree, or other educations which have been approved as equivalent to these by the Norwegian certification authorities.

Master/medical students in the final stages are also qualified to apply, but have to document completed degree before employment.

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

Personal suitability for the position and the candidate’s motivation will be strongly emphasized. We are looking for a person who is structured, goal-oriented, analytical and able to communicate and collaborate with other people in the lab.

In order to be appointed to the role of Research Fellow, 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 Research Fellow is a training position which comprises complete research training working towards a doctorate degree. 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 Research Fellow will participate in the faculty’s PhD program, and the doctorate degree project is 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”.


Associate Professor Anne D. Hafstad

Professor Terje Larsen (group leader)


The application must 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 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.

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.


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.

We can offer

  • Interesting work tasks
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • A structured PhD program - English speaking
  • 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 normal period of employment is four years. The PhD studies normally equate to three years. The fourth year, apportioned as 25% of each year, shall be put towards teaching or other work tasks undertaken for the university.

Shorter periods of employment may be offered if the Research Fellow has already completed parts of the research training programme, or in the event that the employment builds upon a previous appointment in an educational position (Research Fellow, Research Assistant or similar), so that the total time of research training comes to three years.

The successful candidate is obliged to make a contribution to the teaching of all students at the Faculty of Health Sciences as and where necessary.

The remuneration for Research Fellows 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.

Other information

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.

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”.

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 will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

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.

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.

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