PhD Candidate Positions on the Management of Acute Sinusitis in General Practice University of Oslo Department of General Medicine Norway

2 PhD / PhD candidate positions - on the management of acute sinusitis in general practice.


About the position


At the Department of General Medicine, the Department of Health and Society (HELSAM), there is a vacancy as a research fellow for three years in the project Better treatment for Acute Sinusitis In Primary Health Care (BASIC). For the project, we seek two PhD fellows with relevant medical or other health background.


Antibiotic resistance is a major and growing problem. The use of antibiotics increases the risk of resistance and maintenance. It is therefore important to keep the antibiotic use low and not to use antibiotics unnecessarily.

Acute sinusitis is the respiratory tract infection that causes the most use of antibiotics in general practice. The condition alone accounts for about 10% of the antibiotic use, although antibiotics have minimal effect on sinusitis. There is a lack of knowledge as to why the use of antibiotics is so high in this condition. A Norwegian pilot study has found that antibiotic eye drops work better than oral antibiotics against sinusitis symptoms, and there is reason to believe that eye drops are less resistant to resistance than oral treatment. In order to provide safe answers on whether eye drops are a safe and effective treatment, a randomized controlled trial in general practice must be performed. The total use of antibiotics has been reduced in Norway in the last six years. There is no knowledge of what diagnoses this reduction applies, and any negative effects of the reduction.

About the project

The BASIC project consists of three work packages:

1. An interview study of patients and doctors and a national survey among a representative sample of the population on understanding, handling and healing in sinusitis.

2. A randomized controlled trial in general practice to determine the effect of chloramphenicol eye drops on sinusitis symptoms. 

3. A registry study to investigate the use of antibiotics in sinusitis in Norway, complications after sinusitis handled in general practice, and the effect of possible reduced antibiotic use in sinusitis.

The protocol is available at (Document: "Project description BASIC")

The project has received funding from the Research Council of Norway. Two PhD fellows and one postdoctoral fellow (other call for proposals) will be employed.

More about the position

PhD fellow 1 will mainly be associated with work package 1 and 2, while PhD fellow 2 will be associated with work package 2 and 3. The PhD scholarships will be part of a well-established research group (the Antibiotic Center for Primary Medicine) where supervisors also participate.

The Antibiotic Center for Primary Medicine (ASP) is a national competence center funded by the Norwegian Directorate of Health. The center conducts extensive courses and information activities both for health personnel and the general population. The center is also organized as a research group under the Department of General Medicine, Department of Health and Society, University of Oslo. The research group has several other research projects with nearby themes, and it has extensive experience in carrying out similar projects.

PhD positions are basically 100% positions with duration 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2022. Admission to the doctoral program at the Faculty of Medicine is a condition for admission as a fellow. The final plan for the researcher education must be approved and contractual within three months after joining. For more information, see the PhD program website.

It is planned that the candidate will obtain a PhD / PhD during the scholarship period. Furthermore, it is expected that the research fellow will participate in the National Research School in General Medicine (NAFALM), which among other things has offers for the optional part of the PhD education.


eligibility Requirements

  • Completed and passed the degree in medicine, possibly a master's degree or equivalent in pharmacy, nursing science or other health sciences.
  • Good knowledge of and / or work experience within the primary health service
  • Good ability to produce in writing and orally in English and Norwegian or other Scandinavian language

Personal characteristics

  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Cooperative and environmental-creating abilities
  • Interest in antibiotic use, antibiotic resistance and infections
  • Ability to work independently and familiarize yourself with new knowledge
  • Desire to learn / acquire new research methods
  • For PhD fellow 1, there will be an advantage with interest or experience in qualitative research and / or surveys
  • For PhD fellow 2, it will be an advantage with interest or experience in register research

We offer

  • Salary from NOK 449,400, - to NOK 505,800, - depending on competence, in position as PhD candidate position code 1017
  • An engaging, creative, interdisciplinary and inclusive research environment
  • Scientific education and guidance
  • Good pension schemes in the Government Pension Fund
  • Good welfare schemes

The application must contain

  • Application letter (motivation for the position), including which of the two positions you prefer
  • CV (complete overview of education, practice and academic work)
  • Copies of diplomas and any certificates
  • Any publication list
  • Reference list (2-3 references; name, title, e-mail and telephone, as well as description of the relationship to the applicant)

Application with attachments must be submitted via our electronic recruitment system, please click the "Search position". For education from outside Scandinavia, we ask for an explanation of the character system. We note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

As a rule, interviews must be used in the appointment process.


Other information

See regulations on terms of employment, as well as guidelines for employment in fellowship positions at the University of Oslo.

Pursuant to Section 25, second paragraph, of the Public Law, information about the applicant may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be listed on the applicant list.

UiO has a takeover agreement for all employees with the purpose of securing the rights to research results etc.

The UiO has a personnel policy goal of achieving a balanced gender composition and recruiting people with an immigrant background. 

In addition, UiO wants our employees to reflect the diversity of the population to the greatest possible extent. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with reduced functional capacity to apply for the position. As an IA company , we will facilitate the conditions for employees with disabilities.

Date of commencement: 1 January 2020 or by appointment




Further information about the project and the position can be obtained from: Postdoctoral researcher Sigurd Høye, Department of General Medicine, Helsam

Phone + 47 22 84 46 03, email:

For questions about the application process contact staff advisor Åse R. Halfstad,  Tel +47 22 85 05 08

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