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PhD position within biomedicine with competence in bioinformatics

Faculty of Health Sciences , Nursing and Health Promotion

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) is Norway’s largest state University College, with approximately 17000 students and 2000 employees. We conduct research in areas that are important for welfare and value creation, for instance health, education, social sciences, technology and design. HiOA has an academic stimulating environment with a variety of welfare schemes.
Our goal is to become a leading university in the Nordics within the field of applied sciences.

The Faculty of Health Sciences consists of seven departments and offers study programmes on all levels, including PhD. The faculty has about 6000 students and nearly 600 members of staff.

The Department of Life Sciences and Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences has a vacant research position for a PhD candidate within biomedicine with competence in bioinformatics.

The department has extensive research activities, and several research groups have been established. The Faculty of Health Sciences has two PhD programmes. This research fellowship is affiliated to the PhD Programme in Health Sciences.

The nominal duration of the scholarship is three years and includes no teaching duties. A term of four years with 25% teachig duties may also be posssible, depending on the candidate's relevant competence. This will be decided on appointment.

Area of work
The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the research group “Male Reproductive Healththrough the project “Genetic Risk Factors associated with Testicular Cancer” and participating in collaboration with the research group Network and system administration (NETSYS) at Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, and the Cancer Registry of Norway.

Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in young men in most countries, and the global incidence rate has increased significantly during the past 50 years. Norway and Denmark have among the highest incidence rates worldwide; double that of Sweden and four times that of Finland. The reasons for these great differences between the Nordic countries and for the increased incidence rate are unknown. The fact that this trend has developed within a few generations indicates that environmental factors play a role, though the hereditary risk is also high. More knowledge about both environmental and genetic risk factors is therefore vital to stem this negative trend.

The aim of the project is to gain more insight in the mechanisms behind testicular cancer development. The academic environment is multidisciplinary, with competence in molecular biology, statistics, bioinformatics, and cancer epidemiology. The area of work wll be be genetic analyses related to testicular cancer, including application of machine learning.

Competence in bioinfomatics is required. Knowledge in meolecular biology and machine learning is desirable. The project description can be obtained by contacting professor Trine B Haugen ( or associate professor Hugo L. Hammer (

Qualifications and conditions

  • required relevant education at master’s degree level from a university or a university college
  • relevant disciplinary fields are: bioinformatics, molecular biology, statistics and biomedicine
  • international education must be approved in advance and verified copies of letters of approval must be submitted
  • fluency in written and oral English
  • Admission to the PhD programme in health sciences at HiOA is a condition for the appointment.

Desired personal qualities

  • ability to work independently, systematically and goal oriented
  • good interpersonal and dissemination skills

We can offer:

  • opportunities for academic development in a creative academic and research environment
  • participation in an active research group with joint projects and a good external network
  • attractive loan and pension terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • flexible work hours and various welfare schemes

Read more about living and working in Oslo and international career at HiOA  

Further details

For further details about the position, contact:

Professor Trine B Haugen +47 67236104, +47 99152426 Associate professor Hugo L. Hammer, +47 67238692, +47 45210184 

For more information about the doctoral programme, contact: 
For administrative types of questions, contact:

Salary is set in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job code 1017, pay grade 50-54, which is equivalent to between NOK 430 500 and NOK 459 700.

We use an electronic recruitment system. Applicants must register their applications and CVs by clicking on the "Apply here" button.

In addition to the online application, you must oppload the following documents:

  • CV and diplomas/certificates including all grades in ECTS-scale (A-F) and in english
  • a list of academic works
  • master's thesis

As far as possible, HiOA wants its staff body to reflect the diversity in the population at large. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with immigrant backgrounds or with reduced functional ability to apply. HiOA is an Inclusive Workplace Enterprise, and questions about adaptation and the working environment may be directed to the contact persons.

Last application date: 30. Jun.2016


Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary NOK 430 500 - 459 700
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Pilestredet 50, Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 16/03810
  • Professor Trine B. Haugen, 67236104/99152426
  • Førsteamanuensis Hugo L. Hammer, 67238692/45210184
Published 31.May.2016
Last application date 30.Jun.2016 11:59 PM CET

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