Doctoral Research Fellow in Epidemiology

Oslo, Norway
13 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

Applications are invited for a full-time, three-year PhD position at the Institute of Health and Society as part of an epidemiological project on stroke survival. The position is funded by Extrastiftelsen and led by Øyvind Næss at the University of Oslo. Starting date June 1st or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project will use large-scale register data covering the whole population in Norway to investigate the impact geographic proximity to first-and second-degree relatives may have on stroke survival. The project group work on using various family-based data to investigate determinants of non-communicable diseases with a particular focus on cardiovascular diseases. In this particular project family data will be integrated with spatial data. The project will be linked to a larger project and collaborate with national and international colleagues.

Please contact Dr Øyvind Næss at if you wish to receive the entire project proposal.

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

More about the position

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of 3 years. The purpose of the fellowship is research training, leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Medicine. For more information see here:

The PhD candidate will be expected to submit a project description as part of the application (see below).

The PhD candidate will be part of a team of epidemiologists, statisticians and medical doctors.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a masters degree or equivalent, preferably in statistics, epidemiology, medicine/health related sciences or social sciences and have a strong interest in quantitative methods. The Master's Degree must have been obtained by the time of application. Only applicants with grade points A or B on the ECTS scale will be qualified for admission to the PhD program.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and Scandinavian.
  • Education or experience from the health sector will be an advantage.
  • Experience in statistical programs such as STATA, R and GIS 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 449 400 - 505 800 per annum depending on qualifications in position as PhD candidate (position code 1017) 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
  • 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.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments PhD positions at the University of Oslo. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo is an equal opportunity employer and strives for diversity.

Contact information

Questions regarding the project and position: Associate Professor MD Øyvind Næss,

Phone number: 22850663/ 90585829

Practical information regarding the application process: HR Advisor Åse Ragnhild Halfstad

Phone number: 22 85 05 08 E-mail:

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