PhD Candidate in functional precision medicine

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NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

31st July 2023


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PhD Candidate in functional precision medicine
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About the job

Are you interested in a PhD position and to being part of the design and implementation of next generation clinical decision support systems in cancer therapy? Functional precision medicine represents a new frontier in oncology, where the functionality of a proposed treatment is tested as much as possible in cancer patient companion models, prior to prescribing the best performing drug(s) for a particular patient. Functional precision medicine enables prioritisation among approved therapies, and drug repurposing, i.e. the use of already approved drugs for the treatment of new cancer types, and also enables the design of drug combinations consisting of drugs that are individually approved but not previously used together.

We now open a PhD position where you will be part of designing and running a clinical trial on precision medicine, where we make use of colon cancer lab cultivated cells for therapy selection. The PhD position is funded by Forskningsrådet and The Norwegian Cancer Society through the MATRIX centre . We will make use of protocols developed in our PRESORT-project, a collaboration between NTNU, St Olavs hospital and Sintef, also funded by The Research Council of Norway (Forskningsrådet). You will work together with a team of clinicians, bioinformaticians and cell lab biology researchers, including both senior researchers, post doc researchers, and other PhD candidates.

The PhD project will be central to three clinical trials currently planned, named COSENSE-1, COSENSE-2 and COSENSE-3. All three trials are designed to be prospective trials, with patient inclusion starting early 2024.

Your immediate leader is associate professor Åsmund Flobak

Duties of the position

  •  Include and follow patients with metastatic colon cancer that can benefit from precision medicine to decide on therapy
  •  Collect and analyse biomarkers and treatment response data

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in clinical medicine (MD)
  • You must have a strong academic background 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
  • You must have excellent writing and oral English and Norwegian language skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and 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

  • Previous work with oncology, or radiology or surgery
  • Norwegian residency (LiS 1) completed.

Personal characteristics

  •   Motivation for the position
  •   Professional independence and assertiveness
  •   Communication skills
  •   Collaborative skills

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 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 a 100% position, or 6 years in a 50% position pending agreement with employer(s).
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in medicine 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 or Norwegian.

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 and certificates
  • transcripts and diplomas for MD degree
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

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.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

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.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality. (tas bort hvis ikke aktuelt)


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 Åsmund Flobak, telephone +47 72 57 37 17, email [email protected]. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Elisabeth Myrvang, e-mail: [email protected]

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via 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: 31.07.23

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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.

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