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With its recognized and engaged faculty, BMC offers excellent opportunities for masters students, PhD fellows and postdoctoral fellows to participate in cutting-edge research. 

Masters and PhD Projects

PhD and postdoctoral fellows

Group leaders at the BMC are always looking for highly motivated PhD fellows and postdocs. If there are currently no open calls posted on our website, excellent PhDs and postdocs are encouraged to apply to one of our groups for fellowships at any time. The chances for a position at BMC are increased significantly if you contact us well ahead of time. Please contact the Group Leader you wish to work with directly and please enclose the following materials:

1. Cover Letter/letter of interest
2. CV
3. Three (3) letters of reference 

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Work environment at BMC

BMC is a dynamic and international research centre. We offer good working conditions with excellent possibilities in an open, collaborative atmosphere. We offer state-of-the-art research facilities in modern laboratories. The research groups at BMC collaborate closely and all our young scientists (masters students, PhD fellows and postdocs) actively participate in all our activities. 

1. Ph.D. studentship at the Biomedical Center, University of Iceland, Reykjavik

We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated researcher for a Ph.D. position focusing on profiling metabolites in breast cancer tissue at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík. The PhD. student will be enrolled in to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

This project is supported by the Icelandic Science and Technology Council Research Fund for three years.

Field of work: The objective of this study is to improve diagnostic tools for breast cancer by profiling metabolic phenotypes in breast cancer tissue. In collaboration with experts at Imperial Collage London, the newly developed desorption electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (DESI-MS) imaging analysis will be used for this purpose. The Ph.D. candidate will perform all tissue DESI-MS and data profiling analysis at Imperial College London. Following disease and prognostic related analysis will be performed at University of Iceland.

The studentship is at the Biomedical Center ( and is associated with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Qualification requirements: We are looking for an excellent student with a MSc degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedicine, medicine, analytical chemistry, biomedical engineering or related fields. Individuals that do not have a MSc degree, but fulfil the admission requirements for doctoral studies at the School of Health Sciences, can also apply.
Good laboratory and analytical skills.
Good Computer skills.
Fluency in both written and spoken English.
Experience in mass spectrometry analysis, including knowledge in lipidomics and metabolomics would be desirable.
Knowledge in statistical analysis and working with large data sets would be desirable.
Knowledge in cancer biology would be desirable.
The applicant needs to be able to work independently and have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
The applicant must meet the requirements needed to enrol into the School of Health Sciences Ph.D. program.
How to apply
Please include the following with the application:

Description of how the applicant meets the requirements, his/her interests in the project and how he/she can contribute to the project (max 2 pages).
Certificates of education (BSc and MSc degree) and distribution of grades.
The name, telephone number and e-mail address of two referrals (their relationship to the applicant).
Overview of publications.
Applicants are also invited to send PDF of MS thesis (in any language) and any other relevant publications if available (max 5 documents).
The application deadline is May 8th 2017.

The applicant is expected to start no later than September 2017.

Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland.

The School of Health Sciences at the University of Iceland is a national leader in the field of health care and has played a key role in the build-up of the Icelandic health care system. The school is comprised of six faculties: Faculty of Nursing; Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Faculty of Medicine; Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition; Faculty of Psychology and Faculty of Odontology.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is an educational and research institution of international standing, which has close ties with Icelandic industry and society. The faculty is a vibrant and highly valued research and teaching unit; in fact, it is one of the most productive of the University's Faculties.

The University of Iceland is the largest teaching; research and science institute in Iceland and is ranked among the top 300 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 8 May 2017. Extended deadline is 22 May 2017

2. Meistaraverkefni EÐA sumarvinna -Brjóstakrabbameinsrannsóknir

Leita að líffræði- eða lífefnafræðinema sem er með B.Sc. gráðu eða er kominn vel áleiðis í B.Sc. námi sínu og vantar vinnu í sumar eða hefur áhuga á meistaranámi. Um er að ræða þátttöku í krabbameinsrannsóknum sem unnið er að á frumulíffræðieiningu Meinafræðideildar Landspítalans.

Frekari upplýsingar veitir Inga Reynisdóttir,

Lýsing á verkefni:

Rannsóknir okkar beinast einkum að áhrifum þeirra litningabreytinga sem algengar eru í brjóstaæxlum, breytingum eins og mögnunum, yfirfærslum og viðsnúningum.  Stjórnun gena á slíkum umbrotasvæðum er oft ábótavant og getur það stutt við æxlismyndun.  Verkefni sumarsins er að mæla magn microRNA sameindar í stórum hópi brjóstaæxla.  Að því loknu verður kannað hvort fylgni sé á milli tjáningar þessa microRNA og klínískra eða meinafræði þátta sjúklinganna en slík fylgni gæti hugsanlega sagt fyrir um horfur þeirra.  Sé það raunin eru fyrirhugaðar frekari rannsóknir á áhrifum þessa microRNA í frumulíkönum.

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