PhD position in medical technology/medical imaging
NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

PhD position in medical technology/medical imaging

Norway 15 Jun 2021


NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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At NTNU, creating knowledge for a better world is the vision that unites our 7 400 employees and 42 000 students.

We are looking for dedicated employees to join us.

You will find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the position

The Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging has an academic environment where clinicians, translational scientists, engineers and industrial innovators cooperate to meet the needs of modern health care challenges, see www.ntnu/isb .

This position is a fixed term, full time (100 %) position for three years or 50% position for six years starting in December 2021.

The main aim of the project is to improve diagnostic accuracy in patients with brain tumors at primary diagnosis and follow-up, by using combined positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) and three of the most promising amino acid PET tracers (11C-MET, 18F-FET and 18F-FACBC). MRI is used in clinical routine for diagnosing brain tumors, but has limitations in identifying tumor grade, true tumor extension and differentiating viable tumor tissue from treatment induced changes and recurrences. Many brain tumors express increased levels of amino acid transport, which can be imaged with a PET scanner using amino acid radiotracers. Using both MRI and PET will likely improve brain tumor diagnostics, resection, tissue sampling, treatment planning and therapy response assessment significantly. The study is a multi-center study where we recruit patients from Trondheim, Bergen and Tromsø. Data acquisition started fall 2019, and will finalize in 2023. The PhD candidate in the current position will be working from Trondheim, but will work together with a highly multidisciplinary group consisting of researchers and clinicians from all three cities within the fields of PET and MR physics, nuclear medicine, neuro radiology, oncology, pathology and neuro surgery.

Duties of the position
  • PET/MRI data acquisition and analysis
  • Writing scientific papers
  • Participating and presenting results on local, national and international scientific meetings and conferences
  • Patient recruitment
  • Mandatory courses throughout the PhD programme

Required selection criteria

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale . Students in their final stage of completing their degree are also invited to apply.

  • A master’s degree or an equivalent education in a relevant field such as: Medical Physic, Biophysics, Medicine or Neuroscience
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English as well as a Scandinavian language

Emphasis will also be placed on

  • Experience in clinical work in the fields of Nuclear medicine/PET and/or MRI
  • Experience with clinical and/or laboratory research
  • Experience with medical image analysis
  • Publications in recognised international peer-reviewed scientific journals, presentations at scientific meetings, or a degree from a reputable university in the field
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and written

Personal characteristics
  • Personal motivation
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaborate in a team

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation.

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Salary and conditions

The employment period is 3 or 6 years.

PhD candidates are placed in code 1017 and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 works)
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

Candidates from non-English speaking countries outside the Nordic countries must provide official documentation of their English competence. Approved tests and results are:

  • TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet- based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS tests accepted)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade A or B

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to:

Associate professor Live Eikenes, email:

Questions regarding the application procedure can be directed to:

HR Consultant Julie Hoff, email :

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI) .

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. 

Application deadline: 15.06.2021

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

The Department of Circulation and Imaging (ISB) has 260 employees, and its research units are at the Cardiothoracic Centre at St. Olav’s Hospital, integrated with collaborating clinical divisions. The Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (ISB) includes anaesthesiology, radiology, radiography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, exercise physiology, cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, pulmonary medicine, cardiology, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery and biomedical engineering.

The department is also responsible for the Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS), the Medical Simulation Centre and the MR Centre. More information about the department is available at

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