PhD Fellow affiliated with the project MicroRNA and VTE risk

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UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Lars Åke Andersen

6th August 2023


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Faculty Of Health Sciences
PhD Fellow affiliated with the project MicroRNA and VTE risk
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The position

A PhD position is available at the Department of Clinical Medicine (IKM), Faculty of Health Sciences with the research group Thrombosis Research Group (TREC) .

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year and will consist of teaching and other duties. 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 TREC

TREC is a research group in translational medicine funded by UiT – the Arctic university of Norway, the University hospital of North Norway, the North Norwegian Health Authorities, The Norwegian Research Council and Horizon 2020. Professor John-Bjarne Hansen is the head of TREC. The group has 3 permanent scientific positions (professors), 1 technical position and 15-20 temporary scientific positions (PhD-students, researchers and post-docs). TREC has partners in Tromsø, Bodø, Oslo, USA, the Netherlands and France. For additional information concerning TREC, please visit this website .

The overall aim of TREC is to identify novel inherited and environmental risk factors of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and extend the understanding of the disease pathogenesis.

The project

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a complex disease, leading to short- and long-term complications, including death. In contrast to arterial cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as myocardial infarction and stroke, where the incidence has declined over the last decades, the incidence of VTE has remained stable or even slightly increased during the same time period. To reduce the individual suffering and socioeconomic burden of VTE in society, there is a need to discover novel biomarkers and molecular mechanisms of VTE to improve risk prediction and pursue targeted prevention and treatment. MicroRNAs (miRs) are small endogenous non-coding RNAs that downregulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level by translational inhibition or mRNA degradation. The level of various miRs in plasma is remarkably stable and they have therefore emerged as attractive biomarkers of many diseases.

Recently, we have shown that plasma levels of some specific miRs are inversely related to VTE risk. In the present project, we will investigate whether plasma levels of these miRs are genetically regulated, explore potential target genes and investigate how administration of these miRs affect thrombus formation in a thrombosis model in mice.


For further information about the position, please contact Professor John-Bjarne Hansen:

Jon Terje Hellren Hansen
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Jon Terje Hellren Hansen


This position requires a medical degree, a master’s degree or equivalent in biology, pharmacy, epidemiology or miR research. Research experience in any of these fields will be considered an advantage. Master and medical students in the final stages of their degree are also qualified to apply, but have to document a completed degree before employment.

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

The candidate must be able to work systematic, independent and have the ability to 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 specific interest in the project.

As many people 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.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

  • master’s thesis or equivalent
  • any other academic works
  • documented ability to work independently
  • skills in scientific writing in English
  • knowledge and interest of the project`s specific topic
  • interest and motivation for this specific project.

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, experienced from popularization and experience/education from other types of dissemination.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things clarify the applicant’s 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.

Jon Terje Hellren Hansen
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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  
  • 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: 

  • Letter of application, including a brief description of the applicant`s interest in, and motivation for this research project
  • CV containing an overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work
  • 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
  • The works (published or unpublished) that the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process.

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. 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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6th August 2023


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