A PhD position is available at the Department of Pharmacy , Faculty of Health Sciences , within the Drug Transport and Delivery Research Group on the project on in vitro models for estimation of drug permeability.
The position is available for commencement from January 2023 for a period of 4 years. The nominal length of the PhD program is 3 years. The 4th year is distributed as 25 % each year and will consist of teaching and other duties for the Faculty of Health Sciences. The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.
The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.
The Department of Pharmacy
The position is affiliated to the Department of Pharmacy, which consists of seven research groups:
Drug Transport and Delivery (this PhD position affiliated to), Pharmacology, Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacoepidemiology, Infection Biology, and Computational Pharmacology.
The Department has 32 permanent positions. In addition, there is a variable number of PhD students, postdocs and part time positions. The Department is responsible for a bachelor’s and a master’s program in pharmacy. Teaching is given at both undergraduate and graduate levels. For more information, visit the Department’s web pages.
The position’s field of research
The project is part of the strategic focus of Drug Transport and Delivery Research Group dealing with advanced therapy options for skin diseases. The Group focuses on pharmaceutical technology as scientific discipline, with interests in drug transport across biological membranes, and drug delivery systems as means for improved bioavailability.
The aim is the optimization of various drug dosage forms and delivery systems (advanced formulations) destined for oral, parenteral, and topical route of drug administration. Advanced drug dosage forms and delivery systems should promote the therapeutic effects of the drug and reduce its toxic effects by increasing the amount and persistence of drug in vicinity of target cells and reducing the drug exposure to non-targets cells. The group currently consist of two professors, two associate professors, two technicians as well as post docs and PhD students. The members of the research group are also responsible for courses in pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics at bachelor, master and PhD level. You can learn more about the research group by visiting the Drug Transport and Delivery webpage.
The project will be within the strategy of the research group and will focus on drug transport across biological membranes. The artificial in vitro model PVPA for estimation of passive permeability, developed in our research group will be essential, and the project will be a continuation of already ongoing projects. One or more abroad stays in collaborating institutions during the project period is desirable. We strongly encourage career development not only limited to authorship of research manuscripts arising from this work, but also including travel, conferences and collaboration.
For further information about the position and project, please contact Prof. Gøril Eide Flaten:
General questions concerning the organization of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, as well as questions about the PhD program, may be directed to the head of administration at the Department of Pharmacy, UiT, Morten Boland Jørgensen:
This position requires a master’s degree or equivalent in pharmacy. A master thesis within pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics will be considered as an advantage. If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply.
Applicants must document fluency of in English and be able to work in an international environment. Nordic and German applicants can document their English capabilities by attaching their high school diploma to their application. Due to teaching duties, working knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is also beneficial.
Relevant research experience from is considered advantageous and the candidates should preferably have experience in working with with liposomes/lipid-based nanocarriers and/or drug permeability models. The candidate must be able to work systematically, independently and can 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. Moreover, emphasis will be placed on the applicant's potential to complete a research education based on the master's thesis or equivalent, and any other scientific work. In addition, other experience of significance for the completion of the doctoral programme may be given consideration.
As 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.
Admission to the PhD programme
For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Health Sciences and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.
Admission normally requires:
- A bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and a master's degree of 120 ECTS, or an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.
- A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTS for a master's degree of 120 ECTS.
- A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 20 ECTS for an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.
Applicants must have a grade of C or better on the master's thesis and have a grade point average of C or better for the master's degree. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found here .
Applicants with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation of whether the educational background is equal to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines from NOKUT . Depending on which country the education is from, one or two additional years of university education may be required to fulfil admission requirements, e.g. a 4-year bachelor's degree and a 2-year master's degree.
If you are employed in the position, you will be provisionally admitted to the PhD programme. Application for final admission must be submitted no later than two months after taking up the position.
Inclusion and diversity
UiT The Arctic University of Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity are a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.
If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite at least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.
- Involvement in an interesting research project
- Good career opportunities
- A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
- 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: https://uit.no/staffmobility
Your application must include:
- Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
- Diploma for bachelor's and master's degree
- Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor's and master's degree
- Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
- Documentation of English proficiency
- Documentation of proficiency in Norwegian (or a Scandinavian language) if applicable
- References with contact information
- Master’s thesis, and any other academic works
Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.
All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.
The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants .
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.
We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to the Personal Data Act 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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