A PhD position is available at the Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. This PhD position is one out of 15 positions offered within the ITN (Innovative Training Network) PERFORCE3 (PER and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) towards the Future Of Research and its Communication in Europe 3). The ITN PERFORCE3 is a Europe-wide multi-partner doctoral training programme in the field of PFASs contaminants funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under its Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). The project aims at improving the understanding of these globally pervasive contaminants, find solutions for PFAS contamination problems and improve environmental and human health risk assessment frameworks and policies. Further information on ITN PERFORCE3 can be found at: www.perforce3-itn.eu.
position is for a period of three years, and is located to UiT in
Tromsø. As part of the training the PhD fellow will go on planned
secondments to other partners and for this ESR the following are
planned: A secondment of 12 weeks Karolinska Institute (KI) in Sweden
for training on human health risk assessment; as well as to Stichting VU
(VU) the Netherlands for metabolomics training. There will also be
short visits to a wastewater treatment facility (Svenskt Vatten, Sweden)
and to Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany.
The objective of the position is to complete 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 fellow 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: PhD – Faculty of Health Sciences
Applicants must be available to start the PhD position before 1 July 2020.
The specific objectives of this PhD position (Early Stage Research (ESR) Project 9) are to assess the effects of legacy and replacement PFAS exposure on gene expression and metabolomic profiles through single ‘omics analysis as well as multi/level ‘omic approaches in humans. Targeted approaches will be used to study PPAR pathways specifically in order to assess overlap with cell lines and human cell models.
This will be achieved through the following subgoals: 1) assess the effects of legacy and replacement PFAS exposure on gene expression and possibly DNA methylation; 2) assess the effects of PFAS (legacy and replacement) on gene expression and metabolomics in diabetes cases and controls; 3) explore the overlap of effect pathways between human cell models and human cohorts using ‘omics.
For further information about the position, please contact Professor Torkjel Sandanger:
– Phone: +47 77 64 5404
– E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Associate Professor Charlotta Rylander:
– Phone: +47 77 64 48 31
– E-mail: email@example.com
applicant must have a Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology,
Psychology, Health Sciences, Statistics or other equivalent education.
Candidates with documented skills and experience with epidemiology
and biomedical statistics will be prioritized. Laboratory training and
insights into “omics” analysis will also be considered an advantage but
is not a requirement.
Excellent English language and communication skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) is required.
Emphasis will be put on the applicants motivation to pursue a PhD, their ability to work independently and their ability to collaborate and engage in a training network.
The position requires admission to the Faculty’s PhD programme. Information about requirements is available here: Regulations PhD Faculty of Health Sciences
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions encourage researcher mobility and, therefore, please note the following eligibility criterias:
– At the time of appointment, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when the applicant obtained the first degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in Norway).
– At the time of appointment, applicants must not hold a doctoral degree or equivalent.
– Applicants can be of any nationality. However, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the appointment. Short stays, such as holidays are not taken into account.
Your application must include:
- Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
- Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts
- Documentation on English proficiency.This website states how English profiency shall be documented.
- References and certificates
- Master thesis, and any other academic works
The documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via www.jobbnorge.no.
- Involvement in an interesting research project
- A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
- A large degree of independence in the work
- Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
- Pension scheme through the state pension fund
More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: Welcome to UiT!
Applications are welcome from citizens of any nationality (subject to eligibility criteria above and relevant immigration formalities). Recruitment within the ITN PERFORCE3 aims to fulfil the equal opportunity objectives of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and hence applications are welcomed from applicants regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, and from individuals wishing to resume research careers after a break.
The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.
many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized
research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent
competence, we will not appoint you to this position.
A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.
Remuneration for the position of PhD fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2% to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.
good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage
qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional
capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary
adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced
We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.
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16th March 2020
Post expires on Monday March 16th, 2020