PhD Student in Paediatrics/Microbiology

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Oct 2020

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine.

The project is a part of the research in the CAIR-group entitled "Viral aetiology and new biomarkers to minimize antibiotic overuse in childhood pneumonia". Worldwide pneumonia is a common cause of childhood morbidity, and in lower income countries, a substantial mortality.

The aim of the project is to study viral aetiology and new biomarkers to differentiate viral from bacterial pneumonia. The project includes clinical, epidemiological and laboratory aspects.

Duties of the position

The period of employment is three years in a 100% position. Another alternative is to combine a 50% part-time PhD position at IKOM for 4-6 years with a relevant position as a medical doctor at St. Olavs University Hospital, if such a position becomes available. It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a medical doctor degree or a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in health sciences or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale . If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant .

  • Candidates with a medical doctor degree will be preferred

Emphasis will be placed on

  • The candidate’s motivation and personal suitability for the position.
  • Experience and interest in pediatrics, pediatric infectious disease, medical microbiology or infectious diseases.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.

Personal characteristics

  • Discipline and precision
  • Independence, flexibility and ability to work in teams
  • Enthusiasm, creativity and strong commitment for research.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 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. alternatively 6 years in a 50 % position. The candidate should start the employment no later than the end of January 2021.

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.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include

  • Certificates and diplomas
  • CV and proofs of previous appointments
  • A short statement on the applicants personal qualifications and motivation for the position (must not exceed 1 page).
  • Name and address of three referees

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

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.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact professor Henrik Døllner, telephone 72574658, email . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR advisor Vebjørn F. Andreassen, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 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) .

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Application deadline: 13.10.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM):

The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM) is NTNU’s largest department, with 450 employees. Our research and teaching help to improve treatment and health.

IKOM has expertise in basic, clinical and translational research within broad disciplinary areas. We study children’s and women’s health, cancers, blood disorders and infectious diseases, gastroenterology, inflammation, metabolic disorders, laboratory sciences and medical ethics. The Department offers teaching in medicine at master’s and PhD level. We also offer continuing education for employees in the health services.

Deadline 13th October 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Jobbnorge ID 193301

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