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PhD Fellowship position in genome biology and bioinformatics

OsloMet –  storbyuniversitetet er landets tredje største universitet, med over 20 000 studenter og mer enn 2000 ansatte. OsloMet leverer kunnskap og yrkesutøvere samfunnet er avhengig av, og er tett på arbeidslivets behov. OsloMet er et urbant og mangfoldig universitet med internasjonalt preg og et attraktivt studie- og arbeidssted med studiesteder midt i Oslo og på Kjeller ved Lillestrøm. Tilstedeværelsen i hovedstadsregionen gir universitetet gode muligheter til å forstå og høste fordelene av byens varierte befolkningssammensetning.

Genome dynamics of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cancer Development

The Faculty of Health Sciences announces one PhD fellowship in the area of genome dynamics of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cancer development. 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 PhD degree will be affiliated to the PhD Programme in Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, OsloMet. Start date is set to as soon as possible, but it will depend on the formal admission to the PhD program in Health Science at OsloMet. The research fellowship period is three years without a teaching obligation/required duties. In addition to OsloMet, the candidate will conduct work at collaborating institutions, Akershus University Hospital and The Norwegian Cancer Registry.

We are looking a candidate with personal qualifications to take our research steps ahead at the international research front and who has skills for interdisciplinary work including scientific writing, wet-lab and bioinformatics.

Area of research
The PhD candidate contribute to determine how HPV genomic diversity is related to cancer progression. Human papillomavirus infections may lead to cancer, particularly but not exclusively to that of the cervix. There is a need to better understand the link between viral genomics and carcinogenesis. Also, new tests that can determine if an HPV infection is on track to form malignant cell transformations leading to cancer are warranted. 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

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It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavors to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in work, education or training.

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Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway.

The salary for the position is in accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for state employees and OsloMet’s pay policy for position code 1017 (research fellow), salary grade 54, i.e. an initial salary of NOK 479,600 the first year.

Other information

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

If you have any problem uploading documents, please contact soca@oslomet.no.

For questions concerning admission to the PhD programme, contact phd-hv@oslomet.no.

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

In order to be considered for the position you must upload the following documents together with your online application by the final date for the application:

All the documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Any translations must be authorized by government. Originals 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.

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: 25. October 2020

Ref.: 20/08983

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