PhD Fellow affiliated with the project “Imaging Ageing Endothelium at the Nanoscale”

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  • Norway

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Lars Åke Andersen

8th November 2023


  • English

Faculty of Health Sciences
PhD Fellow affiliated with the project “Imaging Ageing Endothelium at the Nanoscale”
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The position

A PhD position is available at the Department of Psychology (IPS) , Faculty of Health Sciences  with the Behavioral and Translational Neuroscience Research Group .

The position is for a period of three years and is available for commencement from 01.01.2024. 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.

About the department and research group

The Faculty of Health Sciences has approximately 1350 staff members, 350 PhD-students and 3700 students. The Faculty of Health Sciences is divided into eight departments. The Department of Psychology has nearly 90 employees in total, of which 30 are permanent scientific positions. The department is organized in nine research groups, covering all major fields of psychology.

The position is organized within the Behavioral and Translational Research Group . The group performs basic and translational research with a major focus on the neuroscience of reward circuitry with projects specifically investigating sexual behavior and feeding behavior. Collectively, the group uses several cutting-edge techniques including optical imaging with fiber photometry and multiphoton microscopy and genetically targeted manipulation techniques. These in vivo methods are combined with sophisticated behavioral assays and anatomical analyses. BTN has a broad international outlook with existing members from several countries and a number of global collaborations. Our projects are currently funded by Norwegian Research Council, EU-MSCA, HelseHord, and the Tromsø Research Foundation in addition to support from UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

The project

The successful applicant will work on the project entitled “Investigation of blood-brain barrier (BBB) using novel super resolution technology” funded by the University of Tromsø and the EU-MSCA Doctoral Networks Program. The project has particular emphasis placed upon the application of high-resolution optical methods that enable functional and kinetic studies of the morphology of brain, bone-marrow and liver endothelial cells (ECs) in vitro and in situ. Because the size of many relevant features– e.g., cellular fenestrations (holes through the cells of 50-200 nm) in the endothelium that comprises the blood-brain barrier – is well below the spatial resolution of conventional optical microscopes, they have so far mostly escaped our ability to directly follow their development and modulation in vitro and in vivo.

Thanks to a close collaboration with the Physics Dept. at UiT, we now have new optical tools available that can overcome the fundamental limit of spatial resolution in optics, the diffraction limit. Specific objectives of this proposal are: (A) to develop ex vivo hypothalamic slice cultures with access to fenestrated blood-brain barrier for super-resolution microscopy; (B) to determine acute effects of bath-applied metabolic hormones and sex hormones on structure (e.g., fenestrations) of endothelial cells that comprise BBB; (C) to implement fiber-based super-resolution microscopy in vivo in mice to assess integrity of BBB; and (D) to evaluate physiologically-relevant manipulations of hormone levels in vivo (e.g., in response to fasting or due to cycle stage).


For further information about the position, please contact Professor James McCutcheon:

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Jon Terje Hellren Hansen


We are looking for a motivated person with either a neuroscience, cell biology, or medical biology background at M.Sc. level. The project involves preparation of acute brain slices and surgical implantation of devices in mice and the use/development of optical super-resolution methods to study these. Documented experience in the use of cellular neuroscience, cell biology methods, and microscopy/optics is important. Documented experience with research animals will be an advantage.

Applicants must document fluency of in English. Nordic applicants can document their English capabilities by attaching their high school diploma.

The candidate is required to undertake transnational mobility i.e. move from one country to another, when appointed. This is a requirement of the MSCA Doctoral Networks program, which is funding this position. In the case of Norwegian nationals, or persons who have previously resided in Norway, these can be eligible for this position provided they have resided or carried out their main activity outside of Norway for more than 24 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment.

Applicants shall, at the time of recruitment at UiT, be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree or have equivalent competence. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when the applicant obtained the degree entitling her/him to embark on a doctorate, (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited) even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

In the assessment, the emphasis is 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. The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall, among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position and motivations. A trial lecture may also be held.

We will also emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the 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. 

UiT normally accepts higher education from countries that are part of the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

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.

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Jon Terje Hellren Hansen

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project 
  • Good career opportunities 
  • 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 
  • PhD Fellows are normally given a salary of 532 200 NOK/year with a 3% yearly increase

Norwegian health policy aims to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their personal finances and where they live, has access to good health and care services of equal standard. As an employee you will become member of the National Insurance Scheme which also include health care services.

More practical information about working and living in Norway can be found here:


Your application must include: 

  • Cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position
  • CV containing a complete overview of education, experience, professional work, pedagogical qualifications (if any) and references
  • 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
  • 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. You may still apply if you are in the final stages of the master’s degree, but the master’s thesis must be submitted for evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis and transcript of grades 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. If English proficiency is not documented in the application, it must be documented before starting in the position. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline. 

General information 

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants . 

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. You will become a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which gives you many benefits in addition to a lifelong pension: You may be entitled to financial support if you become ill or disabled, your family may be entitled to financial support when you die, you become insured against occupational injury or occupational disease, and you can get good terms on a mortgage. Read more about your employee benefits at: .

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.

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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8th November 2023


UiT The Arctic University of Norway


Tromsø – Romsa


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