PhD Candidate position in Pharmaceutics

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UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Health Sciences, has a PhD position available for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). The position is affiliated with the Drug Transport and Delivery Research Group (DTDRG), headed by Prof. Natasa Skalko-Basnet, and the appointment is for a period of three years. The PhD fellowship (The Research Fellowship) is in the area of Nanomedicine within the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, and affiliated to the H2020- MSCA ITN project “Super-resolution optical microscopy of nanosized pore dynamics in endothelial cells”.

The PhD position is for a fixed term with the objective to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD program is a prerequisite for employment, and the program period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project should be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD program, application form and regulations for the PhD degree are available at the following address: Faculty of Health Sciences.

Further information about the position and project is available by contacting Prof. Natasa Skalko-Basnet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Application and submitted documents (see below), shall be sent electronically via the application form available

The position’s affiliation

The Department of Pharmacy consists of seven research groups: Pharmacology, Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Transport and Delivery, 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 student-, Post.Doc.- 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:

About the group

The Drug Transport and Delivery Research Group (DTD) focuses on pharmaceutical technology as scientific discipline with particular interests in drug transport across biological membranes, and drug delivery systems as means for improved bioavailability. The group aims at gaining a deeper understanding of transport processes of drugs in the body and its inter-relationship with drug delivery systems. 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 doc 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 following address:

About the project

The successful applicant will work within the umbrella of a larger EU Funded project entitled “Super-resolution optical microscopy of nanosized pore dynamics in endothelial cells” “DeLiver”, funded by the University of Tromsø and the EU-MSCA Innovative Training Network 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 liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs). The focus of PhD project will be on design and development of novel nanosystems with controllable liver uptake. There will be close national collaborations with Vascular Biology Group (Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT) and Ultrasound, Microwaves and Optics Group (Department of Physics and Technology, UiT) and with the international collaborations with partners within DeLiver. The project offers a unique opportunity to get experience in a wide range of interesting research topics.

We strongly encourage career development not only limited to authorship of research manuscripts arising from this work, but also including travel, conferences and Collaboration.



Working conditions

The normal period of employment is three years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017 or code 1378 depending on qualifications. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

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Selection process



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

  • master thesis or equivalent
  • any other academic works
  • experience and skills in laboratory work relevant for the project
  • 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. The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be invited to an interview. The interview serves, among other things, to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.


Application and submitted documents (see below) should be sent electronically via the application form available on

Application documents

  • 1-2 page cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV containing an overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work
  • A complete list of publications
  • Copies of diploma and transcript from completed degree(s) (translated to English or a Scandinavian language; certified copies must only be provided upon request)
  • 2-3 reference letters
  • Documentation of English language proficiency (equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification or TOEFL test)

Applicants shall also refer to the Supplementary regulations for appointment to postdoktor (Postdoctoral Research Rellow), stipendiat (PhD) and vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) positions at the University of Tromsø and to the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of postdoktor (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), stipendiat (PhD), vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) and spesialistkandidat (Resident).

Applications will only be considered if all requested application documents are received before the application deadline.



Additional comments




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, part time, etc. as well as questions about the PhD program may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

UiT the Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.

UiT the Arctic University of Norway is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.


Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

Offer Requirements



Qualification requirements

The candidate should hold a Master’s Degree in pharmacy or closely related fields. The candidates at the final stages of Master Degree (completed degree before January 1st 2018) are also qualified to apply. A master thesis within pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics will be considered as an advantage.

Candidates should preferably have experience in working with advanced delivery systems, including their development and characterization. The candidate must be able to work systematically, independently 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 interest in the project.

The successful applicant must fulfill the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD program, cf. Regulation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. The applicant must speak and write English fluently and he/she has to be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT.

Researchers can be of any nationality. However, 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 ITN 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. 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.

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