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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 available in profiling metabolites for breast cancer diagnosis at the Biomedical Center, University of Iceland

We are looking for a Ph.D. student, who will work on the project Profiling metabolites in breast cancer tissue. The PhD student will be enrolled at the School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, however this project is suitable for students with background from various fields of health sciences, engineering, technology and chemistry. The project will take place both at University of Iceland, Reykjavik and at Imperial College, London. The Ph.D. student therefore needs to be able to spend considerable period of time at each place.

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. student 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, University of Iceland ( and is associated with the GPMLS graduate program.

Qualification requirements

  • We are looking for a student with a MSc degree (or equal skills) in molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedicine, medicine, analytical chemistry, biomedical engineering or related fields.
  • Good experience in independent research work in laboratory
  • Knowledge and experience in statistical analysis.
  • Good Computer skills.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is necessary.
  • Experience in mass spectrometry analysis 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).
  • CV.
  • 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, if relevant.
  • Applicants are also invited to send PDF of MS thesis (in any language) and any other relevant publications if available (max 5 documents).

The applicant is expected to start as soon as possible.

All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Applications may be valid for six months after the application deadline.

The salary for the position will be in accordance with the current collective wage and salary agreement between the trade union and the Minister of Finance.

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

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.

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.

Further information

For more information, please contact Dr. Margrét Thorsteinsdóttir ( associate professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Iceland and Dr. Sigríður Klara Böðvarsdóttir ( director of the Biomedical Center, University of Iceland.


The application deadline is through the 11th September, 2017
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