Postdoctor/Researcher Position in Genetic Epidemiology

Trondheim, Norway
22 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
21 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We currently have a vacancy at the K. G. Jebsen Center for genetic epidemiology for a Post-Doctoral Fellow. An additional Post-Doctoral Fellow or Researcher position is available pending on funding. Both are 2-year temporary positions within the field of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics, but with the possibility of an additional year in Bristol (this applies for one of the positions). We seek talented and enthusiastic individuals with experience in medicine, epidemiology, genetics or biostatistics. For more information about the center, see  

Our research is using information from large population-based cohorts available to the K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology. This includes genotype data on more than 70,000 individuals from the HUNT Study ( linked with comprehensive health information from both local and national registries such as medical records at hospitals and primary care, the birth registry, the cause of death registry and the prescription registry.

Job description

Successful candidates will be responsible for both the application and development of methods for analyses of large scale genomic data, ranging from genome-wide analyses to Mendelian randomization and bioinformatic follow up.

In addition to the large collection of questionnaire data in HUNT and linkage to the health registry data, the HUNT Biobank holds a wealth of biological samples in a  state of the art biobank (  Based on this, we see exciting opportunities within pharmacogenomics, metabolomics, microbiome and other omics data.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellow:

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Successful applicants must hold a doctorate degree in a relevant field for the position, such as epidemiology, medicine, genetics, or biostatistics. The applicants will primarily be assessed on their documented scholarly achievements, but emphasis will also be placed on personal aptitude, good collaborative skills, and the ability to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Successful candidates are highly motivated and exhibit a commitment to build a career path within genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics. In addition, successful candidates must demonstrate fluent English language skills as this is our day-to-day working language.

The position will include structured mentorship and support for applying for additional funds. The center collaborates closely with research groups at the University of Michigan, the Willer lab and University of Bristol, the Integrative Epidemiology Unit. It is expected that a successful candidate will participate in these collaborations, and to make use of the option of an extra year in Bristol.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

Specific requirements

Considerable and relevant expertise in the fields of genetic epidemiology and statistics will be weighted. Competitive applicants will have experience with statistical programming languages (R or equivalent). Experience in linux-based environments will be considered an advantage. Demonstrated scientific creativity, insight in medicine and molecular biology, and familiarity with population based high-throughput genotyping is an advantage.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

  • Challenging and stimulating work and a good work environment.
  • Exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • An open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Good pension, insurance and loan schemes in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, see favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Employee benefits

Salary and conditions

Post-doctoral candidates (code 1352) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences are remunerated with a gross annual salary of minimum  NOK 515 200. Normal wage level is NOK 515 200 - 524 200 of which 2% os deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Researcher candidates (code 1109) is remunerated with a gross annual salary of minimum NOK  515 200. Normal wage level is NOK 512 200 - 576 100 of which 2% is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 2 years.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from both EU/EEA and non-EU countries. The university is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from members of ethnic minorities. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. If necessary, we will adapt the workplace for people with disabilities. Increasing the number of women in academic positions is an important priority for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, we especially encourage women to apply for these positions.

Norway and NTNU offer strong family-friendly and life-balance polices, see:

For more information regarding moving to Trondheim, Norway and working at NTNU:

Chosen applicants will be invited to an interview.

For further information about the positions, please contact:

Professor Kristian Hveem, Head of K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology, Telephone: +47-47652530 or Email:


Professor Bjørn O. Åsvold, K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology, Telephone: +47-92466240 or Email:

For information concerning the application process, please contact:
HR Consultant Anne-Britt Hofstad, telephone: + 47 73597567, email:

Please note that under the Norwegian Civil Service Act, information about applicants may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be included on the list of applicants.

How to apply:

The application must include a concise summary of the applicant's education, qualifications, previous experience, and motivation for the position. In addition, the application should contain the following attachments:

  1. CV, diplomas, certificates and references
  2. Up to 5 academic works - published or in press in international peer-reviewed journals - that the applicant wishes to be taken into account in the assessment of the application. If it is difficult to identify applicants' contribution to joint work, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.
  3. Statement from at least one former mentor/supervisor/tutor/teacher
  4. Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number)
  5. Other relevant information

Candidates from universities outside Norway must include a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

Candidates from non-English speaking countries outside the Nordic countries must provide official documentation of their English competence. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). The following results are required: TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet-based test) IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted) CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Application deadline: 20.12.2018

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Deadline 21.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 160474