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PhD position in Computional Biology, Norway


A PhD position is available at the Department of Biology. The appointment duration is 3 years with the possibility of 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. The position is financed by the NTNU.


Information about the department

The strategy of the Department of Biology is to understand biological processes of life for sustainable use and conservation of the environment. The Department has an interdisciplinary approach to education and research that is deeply rooted in environmental and evolutionary biology as important links between the different sub-disciplines (cell- and molecular biology, systems biology, physiology, ethology, ecology, population genetics, marine biology, aquaculture, biodiversity and environmental toxicology). For more information about the department go to:

Project description

Combinations of anti-cancer drugs, tailored to each individual, is expected to improve treatment outcome in cancer patients. NTNU has recently initiated the DrugLogics project (, with the aim to use computer modelling to predict the effect of drugs and drug combinations on cancer cells and tumors. These computational predictions require software tools and logical models of cancer cells, to simulate how molecular interactions determine the response of cells to medicine. These predictions are subsequently tested in the lab, through various experiment types: cell culture, organoids, and patient-derived xenografts.

The DrugLogics NTNU initiative is embedded in the Digital Life Centre at NTNU and comprises 3 projects: COLOSYS, DrugLogics and Crossover Research 2.0, together employing 10 postdocs and PhDs, so candidates will be part of an interdisciplinary group working together on complementary tasks.

The PhD candidate that we will recruit will be co-supervised by PIs from the Department of Biology, Gløshaugen campus; and the Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Øya campus.


Main tasks:

  • Participate in the development of databases with information for model building
  • Extract and curate causal statements for models from public repositories
  • Participate in the development of data mining tools
  • Work together with wet-lab experimentalists and clinicians to develop new approaches for data mining and biomarker identification.
  • Work on the cutting edge of Computer Science and Medicine to help cure cancer!



We currently seek a talented, enthusiastic and creative scientist with the following qualifications:

  • Master in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Sciences or Bioinformatics, or related area.
  • Excellent bioinformatics and statistical skills.
  • Motivated and able to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Good communication and networking skills.
  • Proactive and forthcoming, able to work independently if needed.


Terms of employment

The appointment of the PhD candidate will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. 

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.


The application

The application should include:

  • Project proposal (0.5-2 pages) indicating how the applicant envisages her/his contribution within the project
  • CV (including list of publications and relevant former positions)
  • Copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas
  • Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher
  • Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number)

The working languages will be Norwegian and/or English. Candidates from universities outside Scandinavia and English speaking countries are kindly requested to document English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 15 November 2016

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