UiT Norges arktiske universitet

Fakultet for naturvitenskap og teknologi - Institutt for kjemi

PhD Candidate in Bioinformatics (Metagenomics)

The Department of Chemistry seeks a motivated and enthusiastic PhD candidate to join the Molecular Biosystems Research Group. The successful PhD candidate will become a member of an international and interdisciplinary research team, which combines informatics, bioinformatics and experimental work to develop/implement tools, pipelines and databases for microbiome research. As a student, you will enter an international and collegial environment, and be enrolled in the Norwegian ‘BioCat graduate school in biocatalysis’, which provides top-level graduate courses in both scientific and transferable skills, arranges national PhD conferences and offers generous travel stipends for student research visits to collaborator laboratories (see https://site.uit.no/biocat/).



The appointment is for a period of 4 years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % of each year, and will consist of teaching or other duties for the department.


The position’s field of research

The project aims to study and survey marine microbiomes present along the Norwegian coast, including biomes related to aquaculture and polymers. Sampling methods, collection of metadata will be standardized allowing in depth comparative studies. The DNA in the samples will be analysed using random metagenomic sequencing techniques, and both taxonomic and functional profiles at the different sampling sites will be generated and compared. A sub aim of the project is to construct streamlined analysis pipelines for the functional analysis part, including pipeline for generation of metagenome assembled genomes (MAGs).


Further information is available by contacting Professor Nils P. Willassen,



The candidate must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Bioinformatics or Computational Biology or equivalent, with an average of C or better according to the Norwegian system. Good academic performances, and a genuine interest and motivation for performing research are essential to qualify for the position. Relevant experience from work with metagenomic data is an absolute advantage. Finally, personal qualifications such as the ability to collaborate and work with others as well as being able to work independent will be emphasized.


The applicant must be able to document proficiency in English that satisfies the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, either as a native language, via undergraduate education in a Nordic country, or by test scores as described below. Further details about requirements for admission to PhD studies is available via links here: https://uit.no/nt/phd. Proficiency in a Scandinavian language will be favoured due to teaching obligations.



Your application must include:

  • CV and application letter
  • Diplomas and transcripts from your Bachelor’s and Master’s degree or equivalent
  • Diploma supplement for completed degrees, and applicants from foreign universities are advised to attach an explanation of the grading system
  • Documentation of English language proficiency for PhD-studies, with a minimum score of 6.5 on each part of the IELTS test, or minimum scores of 22, 22, 22 and 25 (reading, listening, speaking and writing, respectively) on the TOEFL test.
  • Master thesis or equivalent
  • A statement of performed research and other works (published or unpublished), which you wish us to take into consideration during the assessment process. Your own contribution to each work has to be described.
  • References (including contact details)


Letters of recommendation may be sent in addition to the above documents.


Qualification with a Master’s degree is required before commencement. For those who are near completion of their Master’s degree, submit a draft version of the thesis. You must have completed before the planned startup-date.


All documentation have to be in English or a Scandinavian language. Submit applications electronically through Jobbnorge.no



The assessment will emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position. You must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of your discipline and the university as a whole. During the assessment process, emphasis will be put on your potential for research as shown by the Master’s thesis and other academic works, relevant research experience and academic performance. Teaching experience and/or qualifications will be considered an advantage. In addition, we may consider work experience or other activities of significance for the PhD studies.


Terms of employment

Remuneration of PhD positions are in salary code 1017, and normally start at salary grade 51 on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees. There is a 2% deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


You have to be qualified for and participate in our PhD study program. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.


More information about moving to Norway: http://uit.no/mobility



UiT is an established and internationally recognized university with ~17,000 students and ~4000 employees. The position is organized under the Centre of Bioinformatics, Department of Chemistry at UiT, campus Tromsø.


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


UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. The university is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and we will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.


We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act. You may request to not be registered on the public list of applicants, but the University may decide that your name will be made public. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

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  • Søknadsfrist
    17. januar 2019
  • Arbeidsgiver
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet
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    2018/2947- rek 4013
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