PhD in biomedicine/biostatistics

September 25 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

A position as a PhD candidate in biomedicine/biostatistics is open at the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (ISB), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU Trondheim.

The PhD candidate will be part of the MR Cancer Group, which is a multidisciplinary research group working within the field of personalized cancer medicine. For more information about the department and the research group, see the following pages: and

The position has fixed-term duration of three years (100%) with a desired start date early 2018.


In this project we aim to use metabolic phenotyping of biofluids and cancer tissue to predict individual breast cancer risk, and to detect underlying mechanisms for resistance to breast cancer treatment. Metabolic profiling will be performed by MR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and MALDI imaging, and metabolic data will also be combined with data from other molecular levels, such as genomics data. The candidate will be involved in both laboratory work and analysis of large biological data sets.

We seek a talented candidate with interest in biomedicine and data analysis, and with a high motivation and commitment to research. The project will be carried out in collaboration with The Big Data lab, NTNU Ålesund, and programming skills will be an advantage.


  • Master`s degree in biostatistics, analytical chemistry, molecular medicine or equivalent programme, with an average grade of B or higher (A to E grading system; A highest).

  • Excellent command of English (written and oral)

  • A strong emphasis will be placed on personal motivation and proven ability to work independently and in team.

The following skills will be considered an advantage, but are not required

  • Experience with magnetic resonance spectroscopy and/or mass spectrometry

  • Programming skills (Matlab, R, Java, Python or similar)

  • Experience with statistical analysis of large data sets (“big data”, chemometrics or similar)

  • Knowledge of cancer biology

We offer:

  • Challenging and exciting work in a well-organized interdisciplinary research group

  • Good pension, insurance and loan schemes through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Depending on qualifications and academic background, PhD Candidates (code 1017) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will be remunerated at a minimum of NOK 436 500 per year before tax. Normal wage level is NOK 436 500 - 499 200 of which 2% is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations and supplementary rules with guidelines for employment as PhD Candidate appointments at universities and university colleges.

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