The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1814 and is the oldest medical faculty in Norway. The Faculty is organized into three basic units and has approximately 1,500 employees and about 2000 students.

The Institute of Clinical Medicine (Klinmed) is one of three institutes under the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty's educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital.

With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university's largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas.

The close interrelationship between the two university hospitals characterise the Institute as an organization. A large percentage of our employees have combined positions at the university and the university hospitals.

Institute of Clinical Medicine
PhD Candidate in Pharmacology

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo

A three-year PhD fellowship position (SKO 1017) for a qualified candidate with background in medicine, pharmacy or statistics is available at the Department of Pharmacology. The project is located at the research group of Associate Professor Marianne Klemp, at the Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Medicine, and University of Oslo. The position is financed by the University of Oslo. The purpose of the PhD Fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The Fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine.
Appointment to a PhD research Fellowship is conditional upon admission to the Faculty’s research training program.

Job description

Candidate for this position will work mostly with comparative effectiveness of drugs and drug classes. The project will have emphasis on performing systematic reviews of clinical trials in order to assess medicinal treatment effects (both benefits and harms). This project uses advanced statistical approaches (network- and meta-analyses) to analyze treatment effects within drug classes. The project aims at examining how much better a new drug treatment is compared to already existing drugs to establish better drug treatment options for patients.

The successful applicant will work in close contact with both a biostatistician and the supervisor within a strong academic environment.

For further information about the project, please contact Associate Professor Marianne Klemp (

Information about PhD programe:

PhD Handbook - PhD Handbook (pdf).


We are looking for a highly motivated and structured candidate with interest for evidence based medicine. The ideal candidate has a strong CV with some scientific experience and good collaborative qualities. The applicant must have a Master’s degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian Master’s degree).

Experience with performing systematic reviews, statistics or literature searches is considered an advantage. Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for PhD candidates (research Fellows:

The candidate must be fluent in written and spoken English.


We offer

  • A challenging and friendly working environment
  • Salary is based on state salary schedule  (Ltr 50-57) NOK 432 700 - NOK 489 300
  • Favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare benefits

In assessing applications, particular interest will be placed upon the academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the project within the given timeframe.

The application must include:

  • Application letter, including a ½ page motivation statement for wanting to do a PhD
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and relevant work experience)
  • Copies of educational certificates and letters of recommendation
  • List of abstracts and publications; do not attach the publications themselves.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

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 recruiting 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.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Application deadline:
  • 08/03/2017
  • Expected Start Date:
  • May, 2017
  • Reference number:
  • 2017-1018