PhD candidate (4 years)

PhD candidate (4 years)

University of Bergen

Bergen, Norway

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Science, a full-time temporary position as PhD candidate in epigenetics of mental disorders is available for a period of four (4) years or max 4 months after completed the PhD-degree, if this is achieved within a shorter time than four years. The position includes 25 % required duties such as teaching, exam work or supervision, depending on the demands at the department.

The position is part of the NORMENT-Centre of excellence (https://www.med.uio.no/norment/english/). The PhD position is funded by the University of Bergen for the group of “Epigenetics and multi-omics”, at the Department of Clinical Science.

About the project/work tasks:

The main aim of the NORMENT centre is to understand the underlying mechanisms that are involved in the major psychotic disorders and to understand why people develop the disorders. The centre aims at identifying genetic, neurobiological, clinical, and environmental factors that contribute to the development and the outcomes of these disorders. The research at NORMENT has a clear clinical profile, involving investigations of participants with state-of-the-art clinical assessments and research technology, as well as translating findings to experimental studies for the identification of disease mechanisms and development of new treatment.

The major aim of the PhD project is to identify regions of the genome that harbor epigenetic changes associated with mental disorders. The PhD candidate will be involved in a big project where epigenetic data from 6,000 individuals will be collected to identify differentially methylated regions associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or ADHD. The project will also aim at identifying regions influenced by environmental factors such as cannabis use, childhood trauma, diet, etc.

Pending on the results, there might some laboratory work involved to characterize the effects identify in a cellular model.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The candidate must have a master degree (MSc) or a medical degree (cand.med.)
  • The candidate must have experience within the field of genetics, molecular biology, statistics or bio-informatics
  • The candidate must have experience with some bio-statistical tools such as R.
  • The candidate must have received some training in statistics.
  • Preferably, the candidate should have some laboratory experience as well especially with cell culture
  • The candidate must be fluent in oral and written English
  • Personal skills will be emphasized; to be able to work independently and in teams. Commitment and motivation will be evaluated

Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language. If the original is not in any of these languages, it is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education in question is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. The review from NOKUT may take some time and the application should be sent to NOKUT as soon as you have decided to apply for the position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application. 

Language qualifications: http://www.uib.no/en/med/115526/english-language-requirements-phd-admission 

About the PhD position (applies to university PhD positions):

Organized research training (PhD program): The main goal for the PhD positions are to complete the PhD-program. The applicant must take part in the University of Bergen approved PhD programme leading to the degree within a fixed time limit. You must have admission to the organized research training (PhD program) at the Faculty in order to qualify for the position.

Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline for the training plan must be submitted no later than three months after the date of commencement. 

The PhD-position: PhD-positions are fixed term positions. You cannot be employed in a PhD- position for more than one fixed term period at the same institution, or had similar employment at an institution in the region.

We can offer:

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary at pay grade 51 (Code 1017/Pay range 20.9) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 449 400 before taxes. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position. For applicants with specialist education level 58 (code 1017/pay framework 20.17)
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • a brief letter of application stating your motivation for the position, why you are applying and why the position is perfect for you 
  • certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades. Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages.
  • it is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education in question is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. The review from NOKUT may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for the PhD position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application. Documentation of language skills in English (TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS
  • complete list of publications and scientific work you want to be evaluated 
  • two referees (name and contact information)

General information:

For further information please contact Professor Stephanie Le Hellard, e-mail: Stephanie.Hellard@uib.no

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

 

About The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

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