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Faculty of Health Sciences - Department of Clinical Medicine

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PhD Candidate working at K.G. Jebsen-Thrombosis Research and Expertise Center (TREC), UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Health Sciences has a PhD position available for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). The position is attached to the Department of Clinical Medicine, K.G. Jebsen - Thrombosis Research and Expertise Center (TREC) and the project “Comorbidities and risk of Venous thromboembolism”.


The appointment is for a period of four years.

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address: Faculty of Health Sciences


Further information about the position and project is available by contacting Associate Professor Sigrid Brækkan, phone +47 77 62 51 06 / +47 95 74 76 27, e-mail: Sigrid.brakkan@uit.no


Application and submitted documents (see below), shall be sent electronically via the application form available on www.jobbnorge.no


About K.G. Jebsen TREC
K.G. Jebsen TREC is a research center in translational medicine funded by Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen, UiT – the Arctic university of Norway and the North Norwegian Health Authorities. Professor John-Bjarne Hansen is the head of K.G. Jebsen TREC. The Center has 5.2 permanent scientific positions (professors), 3 technical positions, and 15-20 temporary scientific positions (PhD-students and postdoctors). In addition, K.G. Jebsen TREC has partners in Tromsø, Bodø, Oslo, Stockholm, Leiden (The Netherlands), and San Diego (USA).


The overall aim of K.G. Jebsen TREC is to identify novel inherited and environmental risk factors and extend the understanding of the pathogenesis in venous thromboembolism (VTE). TREC is organized into three research groups; TREC-Clinic, TREC-Lab and TREC-Epidemiology. This position will be allocated to the TREC-Epidemiology group.


About the project
Venous thromboembolism (VTE), a collective term for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), is a common disease with serious complications such as the post-thrombotic syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, recurrence and death. In 40-50% of patients with life-threatening VTE, no risk factor can be identified. Thus, it is paramount to discover novel genetic and environmental risk factors, and to expand our understanding of the VTE pathogenesis.


Some co-morbidities, such as arterial cardiovascular diseases and obesity, has been shown to be associated with increased risk of VTE. However, the mechanisms behind these associations are not fully understood, and there is a need to identify risk predictors of VTE in these conditions in order to improve risk stratification and prevention of VTE. Moreover, there is a need to assess the role of other co-morbidities, alone or in combination, with regards to risk of VTE. The main objectives of the project will therefore be to explore the association between comorbidities and VTE, and investigate potential mediators and biomarkers related to these associations.


There will be possibilities for up to one year research stay abroad with one of the partners of K.G. Jebsen TREC during the project period.


Qualification requirements
The suitable candidate must hold a Medical Degree or a Master’s Degree within Health Sciences. Master and medical students in the final stages are also qualified to apply, but have to document completed degree before employment. The candidate must have at least a grade B on the master’s thesis.


The applicant must speak and write English fluently. Norwegian language skills are an advantage.


Previous research experience within clinical epidemiology, thrombosis and haemostasis, or related topics is desirable and an advantage.


The candidate must be able to work systematic, independent 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.


The successful applicant must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD programme, cf. Regulation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. In addition, he/she must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT.


Working conditions
The normal period of employment is four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % per year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the University according to the guidelines, cf. Guidelines for the research fellow’s duties.


A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Candidate has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position (PhD Candidate, research assistant, or the like) in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.


The successful applicant must be willing to 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 lecturing, leading seminars, and leading or assisting in lab courses.


Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017 or code 1378 depending on qualifications. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

  • Master thesis or equivalent
  • any other academic works
  • documented ability to work independently
  • skills in scientific writing in English
  • knowledge and interest of the project`s specific topic
  • Interest and motivation for this specific project

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, experienced from popularization and experience/education from other types of dissemination. Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.


The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will called to an interview. The interview shall among other things clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.


Application and submitted documents (see below), shall be sent electronically via the application form available on www.jobbnorge.no.

Application documents

  • Letter of application, including a brief description of the applicant`s interest in, and motivation for this research project
  • CV containing an overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work
  • Certified copies of:
    • diploma and transcript from completed degree(s)
    • documentation of English language proficiency
    • references
  • The works (published or unpublished) that the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process.

Applicants shall also refer to the Supplementary regulations for appointment to postdoktor (Postdoctoral Fellow), stipendiat (PhD) and vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) positions at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and to the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of postdoktor (Postdoctoral Fellow), stipendiat (PhD), vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) and spesialistkandidat (Resident).(In Norwegian only)

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. as well as questions about the PhD programme may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.


UiT has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.


UiT is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.


Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed 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 that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

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