Research Fellow within medical biology (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Medical Biology)

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Research Fellow within medical biology

At the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Medical Biology 1 position has become available for the role of Research Fellow, for applicants wishing to take a Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) degree. The position is affiliated with the Vascular Biology Research Group.


The position is available for commencement from 01.01.18 and is for a period of three years.


The Research Fellowship is a position comprising of research training towards a doctorate degree, which is the objective. Acceptance into the doctorate degree program is a prerequisite for appointment to this position, and the study period will begin upon commencement of employment. The Research Fellow will participate in the faculty’s research training, and the doctorate degree project will be carried out over the course of the period of employment. In addition to the faculty’s compulsory courses, the Research Fellow is required to participate in ITN specific courses and training programs. Information on the application process for admissions to the PhD program and on PhD regulations can be found on the Faculty of Health Sciences web site.


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.


More than 200 staff members from all over the world have their workplace at the Department of Medical Biology (IMB). The Department consists of 11 research groups concentrating on fundamental biomedical research problems, including research on various cancer forms, cardiovascular diseases, the body's immune system and antibiotic resistance. The Department is also involved in marine bio-prospecting and testing of new drugs.


IMB provides education for students studying medicine, dentistry, biomedical laboratory sciences, biomedicine and pharmacy.


About the Vascular Biology Research Group:

The position is organized within the Vascular Biology Research Group (VBRG: The group performs basic and translational research with the major focus on the crucial blood clearance and immune functions of the liver sinusoidal endothelial cell, and similar “scavenger-type” endothelial cells of other vascular beds. These functions are essential for prevention of acute and chronic health complications, such as atherosclerosis, abnormal bleeding/coagulation, cancer metastasis, chronic inflammatory reactions, and virus infections. VBRG has a broad international network; we work to find applications of our basic research activity in medicine by ensuring collaborations with researchers in clinical medicine and pharmaceutical companies in Norway and abroad. Our projects are funded by EU, ERC, HelseNord, and Tromsø Research Foundation in addition to support from UiT-The Arctic University of Norway.


The contact person for this position is Dr. Peter McCourt, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: +47 776 46391.




The successful applicant will work on the project entitled “Super-resolution optical microscopy of nanosized pore dynamics in endothelial cells”, 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). Because the size of relevant features enabling the clearance of small molecules and particles from the blood - cellular fenestrations (holes through the cells of 50-200 nm) - is well below the spatial resolution of conventional optical microscopes, they have so far mostly escaped our ability to directly follow these dynamic transport processes 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 use highly resolving optical methods that enable the direct and dynamic visualization of cellular fenestrations in LSECs; (B) to study the interaction of small molecules, lipoproteins, modified/damaged proteins and viruses with LSECs and determine their effects on fenestrations and endothelial tube formation; (C) study the role of age and gender in all of these processes; (D) develop new antibody reagents to study endocytic receptors on LSEC.


Required qualifications

In order to be appointed to the role of Research Fellow, the eligibility requirements for the faculty’s PhD program must be met, according to section 6, Regulations for the Degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Tromsø, with additional provisions concerning the Faculty of Health Sciences which can be found on the website with the Regulations for the PhD program at the Faculty of Health Sciences.


A requirement of the positions is the completion of the equivalent of a relevant Norwegian Master’s degree (120 ECTS points). Researchers can be of any nationality. However, they are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment, as required by the MSCA ITN program that is funding these positions. In the case of Norwegian nationals or persons who have previously resided in Norway, they 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.


Applicants must have a documented knowledge of English which meets the requirements as stated in the Norwegian general university and college admission requirements.


We are looking for a motivated person with cell biology/medical biology background at M.Sc. level. The project involves isolation and culture of primary rodent liver cells and the use/development of optical super-resolution methods to study these. Documented experience in the use of basal cell biology methods and microscopy is important. Documented experience with research animals will be an advantage.


Importance shall be attached to personal suitability for the position and motivation.


We can offer

  • An interesting research project
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Good career opportunities
  • A large degree of independence in work
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund


Working and payment conditions

The PhD studies normally equate to three years.


Shorter periods of employment may be offered if the Research Fellow has already completed parts of the research training program, or in the event that the employment builds upon a previous appointment in an educational position (Research Fellow, Research Assistant or similar), so that the total time of research training comes to three years.


The remuneration for Research Fellows is in accordance with government salary scale codes 1017 and 1378, depending on the qualifications of the former.


A compulsory contribution of 2% to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.


Applications shall be sent electronically via and shall include:

  • cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position
  • project description, where relevant
  • CV containing a complete overview of education, experience, professional work, pedagogical qualifications (if any) and references
  • diplomas and certificates:
    • diploma and transcript of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (in original language and translated)
    • diploma and transcript of Master’s degree or equivalent (in original language and translated)
  • documentation of proficiency in English
  • any academic works, including the Master’s thesis
  • form for documentation of teaching qualifications, which can be found on the website with information for applicants for positions at UiT

Proficiency in the English language can be documented in the following ways:

  • Diploma from a Norwegian upper secondary school with both spoken and written English (140 hours)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Testing Service)
  • Completed university degree in the field of English language or literature
  • One year’s completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or USA, for which English was the language of instruction.


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


All documentation to be assessed must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language.


Applications sent to us via e-mail or by any other means will not be considered.



The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the application documents and the text of the announcement.


The Assessment Committee will give emphasis to the potential for research, as presented in the Master’s thesis or equivalent, or in any other academic works.


In the assessment, consideration may also be given to professional experience and any other activity which may be significant for the completion of the doctoral degree.


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.



In addition, applicants shall also refer to the supplementary provisions for the appointment to academic positions such as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow and Academic Assistant at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, and to regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident, which are available on the website “The Research Fellow file”.


Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, including that of the physical state of the workplace, health services, possibilities for flexible working hours, part-time work, etc. may be addressed to the telephone reference in this announcement.


At UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, diversity is valued, and we therefore encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability or national or ethnic background. The university is an equal opportunity employer and places importance on making the necessary adaptations to working conditions for employees with disabilities.


Personal information given in an application and CV will be treated 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 to make the candidate’s name public. The applicant will receive advance notification of any such publication.


We look forward to receiving your application!

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