Faculty of Health Sciences , Nursing and Health Promotion

OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and over 2000 employees. We conduct research in areas that are important for welfare and value creation, for instance health, education, social sciences, technology and design. OsloMet has an academic stimulating environment with a variety of welfare schemes. 

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

Genome dynamics of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cancer development 
Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship position at Faculty of Health Sciences, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Department of Life Sciences and Health. This is an opportunity to join the cross-institutional research group HPV-SEQ with a strong international network. Our main goals are: 1) To discover HPV cancer biomarkers 2) To delineate HPV evolution 3) To develop HPV detection and characterization methods. We take advantage of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Technology to reach our goals. Read more about the group and our activities here.
The Ph.d. degree will be affiliated to the PhD Programme in Health Sciences. The research fellowship period is three years without a teaching obligation / required duties. 

Area of Research
The PhD candidate will sequence HPV genomes in clinical samples and cell lines to study genomic diversity related to cancer progression. Human papillomavirus infections may in rare cases lead to cancer, particularly but not exclusively to that of the cervix. There is a need to better understand carcinogenesis and to develop new tests that can determine if an HPV infection is on track to form malignant cell transformations leading to cancer. The PhD will explore mutations of the HPV genome in clinical samples using sequencing and bioinformatics followed by clinical and evolutionary interpretation. 

Main duties of the position

  • sequencing and analysing HPV genomes in clinical samples and cell lines at the National HPV reference laboratory (Ahus) and OsloMet 
  • establish new protocols for several HPV types 
  • analyse sequencing data at the Cancer Registry Norway 
  • aqcuire new skills from international partners 
  • write manuscripts and PhD thesis
We are looking for applicants who have
  • Master’s degree – bioscience or bioinformatics  
  • Interdisciplinary research experience is an advantage 
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English  

We are looking for applicants who 

  • Are keen to venture into yet unexplored fields of research   
  • Are excellent team players 
  • Enjoy learning new skills (laboratory and/or bioinformatics) 
  • Are motivated for 3-6 months stay abroad w/international partner 
  • Are positive and good problem solvers  

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active efforts to further develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required.

We can offer you 

  • Experience from the international research front 
  • An exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest and most urban university
  • Opportunities for professional development in Norwegian and international research institutions with expert supervision 
  • Beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • Good employee welfare arrangements 
  • Free Norwegian classes to employees and their partners 
  • Relocation support, cultural courses and on boarding services

OsloMet’s International Career Site gives information on living and working in Oslo.

Other information

If you would like more information about the positon, feel free to contact: 

  • Associate professor OsloMet, Ole Herman Ambur, +47 40077747 
  • Director HPV reference laboratory Ahus, Irene K. Christiansen, +47 45048585
  • Senior research fellow Cancer Registry of Norway, Trine B Rounge, +47 99604304 

The salary for the position, position code 1017 PhD Fellow, currently NOK 435 500 -465 000 a year.

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page. 

Expert evaluation

An expert committee will assess applicants. You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:  

  • CV, references and all pages of certificates/diplomas. The certificates/diplomas must include ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed. 
  • Your master's degree/second degree thesis (and any other scholarly work that you wish the expert committee to take into consideration) and a list of your publications, if relevant 

You must upload all of these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.
If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact Ole Herman Ambur: olam@oslomet.no
Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

Deadline for applications: 17. August 2018

Ref.:  18/06422   
OsloMet has implemented the Charter & Code and been certified by the EU Commission with HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) and is part of the EU network for mobility of Researchers Euraxess.


Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Pilestredet
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/06422
Published 05.Jul.2018
Last application date 17.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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