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There is a vacancy for one PhD candidate at The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, NTNU, in collaboration with The Department of Medical Genetics at St. Olavs hospital and the partners in theClinical Academic Group for Rare Genetic Diseasesat Sykehuset Levanger as well as Møre and Romsdal Hospital Trust. One of the main aims of the CAG is to advance care for patients with rare diseases in Midt-Norge and provide novel insights into genetic and molecular basis of the diseases - the PhD candidate will work on different aspects of these regional efforts.
As part of the multidisciplinary team at these Hospitals and the University, we have in place a strong diagnostic environment, state-of-the-art facilities for disease modelling and productive interactions with registries and patient organisations. The PhD will involve analysis of clinical data, as well as disease models of syndromic and non-syndromic rare genetic conditions. The main objective is to develop new insights into pathomechanisms and use this as foundation for new points in diagnostic and therapeutic interventions that in cooperation with the CAG-partners will be translated into better clinical services for the patients in the region.
Required selection criteria
  • Norwegian authorization as a medical doctor and completed first part of the medical specialisation, corresponding to Norwegian “lege i spesialisering del 1” (LIS1)
  • You must have a strong academic background in medicine, rare diseases, cardiology or neurobiology from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program.
The appointment is to be made in accordance with  Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  
Preferred selection criteria
  • Excellent understanding of rare diseases
  • Relevant clinical experience in medicine, for example in the field of rare genetic diseases, cardiology, neurology or/and paediatrics.
  • As future member of the CAG - Motivation and ability to shift organizational and disciplinary boundaries to the benefit of the rare disease patients in the region.
  • The position will require documented spoken and written knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language
  • Good computer skills / data processing skills
  • Good communications skills
  • Good written and oral English language skills
Personal characteristics
  • A strong interest in rare diseases
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Ability to work independently
We offer Salary and conditions
As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
The period of employment is 3 years in case of a 100% position, or 6 years in case of a 50% position.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Medicine and Health Sciences  within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English
Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.
The application must include: 
  • CV, motivation letter, certificates, list of publications, and diplomas.
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and address of three referees.
If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
General information
Working at NTNU
NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.
The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.
As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.
A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Rune Østern, email Rune.Ostern@stolav.no; Barbara van Loon, e-mail: barbara.v.loon@ntnu.no, telephone +47 73 59 84 23.   If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Vebjørn F. Andreassen, e-mail: vebjorn.andreassen@ntnu.no
If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  
Application deadline: 01.09.2022
Navn: Rune Østern
E-post: rune.ostern@stolav.no
Navn: Barbara van Loon
Telefon: 73598423
E-post: barbara.v.loon@ntnu.no
Navn: Vebjørn F. Andreassen
E-post: vebjorn.andreassen@ntnu.no
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