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Department of Public Health and Nursing
Available PhD position - Blockchain Opportunities in Health Care and Health Sciences
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100% position as a PhD research fellowship position affiliated with the Department of Public Health and Nursing (ISM) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MH).
Information about the department
The Department of Public Health and Nursing (ISM) is responsible for research, teaching, innovation and communication within the fields of community medicine, nursing science, general practice and applied public health. The department’s activities within both research and teaching are particularly directed towards the needs of primary health care. The Department is also responsible for the Nord Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT).
This is a researcher training position aimed at providing promising researcher recruits the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral degree.
Blockchains have started to inspire the health care and health science communities. We foresee various important impact areas for the technology including: (i) Data integrity and provenance. Blockchain-based systems may ensure improved sample tracking for enhanced transparency and trust. (ii) Data exchange and interoperability. Blockchain may empower cryptographically secured and irrevocable data exchange systems. (iii) Clinical and population-based research. Blockchain-enabled immutable records may improve errors and result reporting in clinical trials, smart-contracts for consents and de-identified phenotype transactions may transform population-based health studies.
The goal of this PhD project is to understand and assess blockchain technology usage in realistic health care and health science applications. We will utilise HUNT Cloud to experiment and assess technologies using real life health information. We will seek active participation in international consortia. We aim to use our insight to impact both policies and practices in the implementation of blockchain in the national and international health communities.
The research will be carried out within a program of 6 PhD projects under the heading of Trust and Transparency in Digital Society Through Blockchain Technology. This multi-disciplinary program includes technological aspects (cryptographic mechanisms, networking requirements, identity management), societal aspects and application areas. The program team involves 12 professors across several different departments and faculties. It is expected that the PhD fellow for this project will collaborate actively with other PhD fellows involved in the overall program and contribute to plenary meetings of the program. This program forms part of NTNU's Digital Transformation initiative.
The appointment is for a term of 3 years without teaching assistance, or up to 4 years including 25% of teaching assistance.
We seek a highly-motivated individual holding a Master's degree or similar in a subject that is relevant to the programme, and a weighted average grade that correspond to A or B according to NTNU's grading scale. A background including experience with electronic health data is desirable.
See here for regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/dokumenter/regulations-concerning-appointment-and-promotion-to-teaching-and-research-posts/id2519258/.
Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:
- TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
- IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
- CAE/CPE: grade B or A.
Appointments are made in accordance with the regulations in force regarding terms of employment for PhD candidates issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a PhD candidate at NTNU. Applicants are expected to enrol in a PhD programme in medical technology and must undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme of study during their period of employment. The person who is appointed must comply with the conditions that apply at any time to employees in the public sector. In addition, a contract will be signed regarding the period of employment.
Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phmedt for information about PhD studies at NTNU.
The position follows code 1017 Research fellow, salary grade 50-62 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross 436.900 – 537.700 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
We can offer
- an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues
- academic challenges
- attractive schemes for housing loan, insurance and pension in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences wants to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.
For further information about the position, please contact Prof Pål Romundstad
The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector.
Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.
The application must be sent electronically through this page (www.jobbnorge.no) with information about education and relevant experience (all in one combined PDF file).
The application must contain information of educational background and prior training, exams, and work experience. In addition, the applicant must submit a research statement (max. 3 pages), detailing research interests and initial plans with regard to the above project description. The statement should also describe why the applicant is suited for the position, and how the project relates to previous education, research and competence. Publications and other work that the applicant wishes to be taken into account must be enclosed (including a brief description of the contribution if not obvious).
The application must contain:
- Curriculum vitae (CV) with information about the candidate’s prior training, exams, and work experience
- Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas
- Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree
- Research statement (max. 3 pages) including:
- A short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study
- How the applicant sees his/her background suitable,
- The applicant’s view of research challenges within the area of the PhD position
- How the competence of the applicant can contribute to solving these challenges
- Names and contact information of at least 2 reference persons
- A copy of the master thesis (in PDF), or, for those who are near to completion of their MSc, an extended abstract combined with a statement of how and when the applicant plans to complete the thesis.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Signing of the employment contract should happen within 01.10.2018.
For further information about the application process, please contact Håvard Tangvik (email@example.com).
The application deadline is: May 27, 2018
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