University of Oslo (UiO)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Genetic Epidemiology

University of Oslo (UiO)

Oslo, Norway

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Institute of Health and Society is one of three institutes at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo. The Institute covers various disciplines and consists of six departments: General Practice, Health Sciences, Health Management and Health Economics, Medical Ethics, Community Medicine and Global Health and Nursing Science.

The department of Community Medicine and Global Health is a multidisciplinary unit, with faculty from the social sciences, humanities and medicine. We conduct research in the fields of epidemiology, global health, medical anthropology, history of medicine, prevention and social medicine. Our teaching responsibilities include PhD training, Community Medicine in Medical School and a Master Programme in International Community Health.

Applications are invited for a full-time, three-year postdoc position at the Institute of Health and Society at the Faculty of Medicine. The position is funded by the University of Oslo. Starting date has to be September 15 2019 at latest.

The project will be linked to a larger project funded by the Norwegian Research Council investigating cardiovascular and non-communicable disease risk in genotyped data from the The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (The HUNT Study) and large-scale health register data. In this particular project the candidate will be working on family data within the HUNT. The post holder will work closely with colleagues at the University of Bristol and have the opportunity for research visits. The project will be linked to a larger project and collaborate with national and international colleagues.

Please contact Dr Øyvind Næss (University of Oslo) or Ben Brumpton (Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology) if you wish to receive the entire project proposal and discuss the project.

The successful candidate will work in a team of epidemiologists, statisticians and geneticists.

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More about the position
The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to three years.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualification requirements
Applicants must hold a PhD degree, preferably in statistics, epidemiology or genetics. The PhD thesis must have been submitted by the time of application and the PhD must have been obtained by the time of startup.
Fluent oral and written communication skills in English or Scandinavian.
Education or experience from the health sector will be an advantage.
Experience in analysing genotype data using R and other programming languages is an advantage.
Personal skills
You should be highly motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to work with a diverse range of individuals and organisations.
We offer
salary 60 – 65 (NOK 515.200 – 576.100) per annum depending on qualifications in position as postdoctoral candidate (position code 1352).
funds for research, travel, conference participation and dissemination, books and equipment
academically stimulating working environment including the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment
attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
How to apply
The application must include

cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity) copies of educational certificates, both bachelor and masters (academic transcripts only)
a complete list of publications
Examples of 2 written works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.
List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, institution, e-mail, telephone number and relation to candidate)
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented qualifications

and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged, either in person in Oslo or via Skype.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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