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PhD Fellowship in Gut Microbiota and Inflammatory Disease, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: Jun 11, 2015

Deadline: Jun 24, 2015

Do you want to be a PhD student in a world-leading research environment?

As part of the Norwegian Research Council funded project NORGUT, a 3-year engagement as PhD student (SKO 1017) is available from autumn 2015 at Norwegian PSC Research Center, Division of Cancer Medicine, Surgery and Transplantation, Oslo University Hospital (OUH) and University of Oslo (UIO).

The research environment

The Norwegian PSC Research Center is a world-leading research environment dedicated to research on the chronic liver disease primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). The research center counts 10-15 researchers from several countries and specialties organized in three groups covering both basic and clinical aspects of the disease. As part of the research group on genomics and metagenomics, the PhD student will also be part of the broader environment at Research Institute of Internal Medicine, where multiple strong groups perform transnational research in inflammatory diseases in a well-equipped modern laboratory.

The project

Recently, the microbes of the gut have been defined as a separate organ, which has been linked to multiple common disease conditions. The project NORGUT aims to characterise the gut microbiota of several diseases with manifestations in the gastrointestinal tract (including PSC) and how the microbiota influences key metabolic factors in these conditions. Besides detailed sequencing-based profiling of the gut microbiota, parallel studies of biochemical footprints of bacterial activity in the blood will provide new data on how gut microbes cause or modify systemic disease. The project leader Johannes R Hov and the group of genomics and metagenomics have established a complete pipeline for microbiota studies and collaborate with both national and international experts in metabolomics. The PhD candidate will work to answer several different research questions arising in NORGUT, using materials and tools that are already available.

Qualifications for the position

We are looking for a candidate with an MD, MSc or equivalent education. 

The candidate must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo:

We are looking for a researcher with:

  • Strong motivation
  • High working capacity
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good writing and oral communication skills in English
  • Good computer skills would be an advantage but not a prerequisite

In the evaluation, the applicants’ academic and personal qualifications to undertake the project will be given high priority. Particularly suitable applicants will be invited for interviews.

 We can offer

  • A challenging and friendly international working environment with broad expertise.
  • A competitive salary.  Pay Grade (SKO 1017) 50-59, Statens lønnsregulativ, depending on qualifications.
  • Favourable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare arrangements
  • Access to state of the art facilities and resources for biomedical research
  • Affiliation to the Norwegian PSC Research Center and Research Institute of Internal Medicine.

The application must include:

  • Application (a one-page statement of motivation and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, employments within or outside of academia)
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee (not complete articles)
  • Copies of educational certificates and grades
  • Names, email and telephone number of 2-3 referees (describe relation to applicant)

Applications with attachments should be a single pdf file that includes a covering letter summarizing all of these items.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. 

Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The application with attachments is to be registered in our electronic recruitment system EasyCruit.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity. 

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for academic positions:   


Inquiries regarding the position can be directed to
 Project leader Researcher Johannes R Hov: (+47-23 07 00 00, calling) or NoPSC leader Professor Tom H Karlsen: (+47-23 07 36 16)

 URLs:, and 

Working hours:

  • Full-time

    Working days:
  • Day

    Application deadline:
  • 24/06/2015

    Reference number:
  • 2015/6790

    Home page:

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