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Data Scientist – Real-World Data & Analytics
Universitetet i Oslo
The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.
The Department of Pharmacy has 130 employees. We have an active research and innovation environment based on independent research in pharmaceutical topics. The Department of Pharmacy is responsible for the popular master's degree program in pharmacy and has 350 competent and committed students.
Pharmaceutical related research and education forms the base of all activities at the Department of Pharmacy.
The science of pharmacy lies in the interface between the natural sciences, pharmaceutical technology, health related topics and social sciences. This interdisciplinarity is reflected both in our study programmes and in our research. In the planned life science building at the University of Oslo, closer collaboration with health enterprises, local government and the business sector will enhance quality and relevance in research and education of the future labour force. The building will be the heart of the first innovation district in Norway – Oslo Science City. The Department of Pharmacy will move into the new Life Science building in 2026.
A one year position as Data Scientist is available at the Department of Pharmacy at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway.
Starting date: as soon as possible.
More about the position
The position is part of the PharmacoEpidemiology and Drug Safety Research Group at the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. The research group includes 4 full time researchers, 4 adjunct positions and over 10 PhD-students and post doc’s making up a group of more than 20 individuals. The PharmaSafe Research group at UiO is internationally recognized, with interests spanning a broad range of areas including pharmacoepidemiology, medication safety and clinical pharmacy, with special focus on complex patient groups. The research group is multidisciplinary and has expertise within pharmacoepidemiology, biostatistics, genetics, psychiatry, pharmacotherapy and clinical pharmacy.
As a Data Scientist within Real-World Data (RWD) and Analytics, you will conduct hands-on programming in supporting our real-world data & analytics needs in projects using Norwegian health registry data. The successful Data Scientist will have the possibility to contribute to scientific publications as well as travel and work with an international network of researchers and scientists in academic settings. Other professional developments will also be supported if connected to the group’s research area. Expert level in R programming is required.
- Debug and provide post release, support, customization and maintenance of R scripts provided by research partners
- Provide feedback and carry out improvement, extension, integration and further development of existing codes
- Undertake necessary research to develop code to conduct analyses and create reports as required by projects
- Contribute to data management and harmonization tailored for each research project
- Take advantage from training opportunities in order to keep programming skills up-to-date
- Work collaboratively with colleagues in the research groups and partner institutions as required by the projects
Tasks also include:
Proactively clarify requests and ensure accurate implementation of protocols and analytical specifications.
Conduct queries to electronic health care records and/or other real-world data sources
One project includes working on the Nordic COllaborative HEalth REgister Network for Covid-19 Epidemiology (COHERENCE). The project is funded by Nordforsk, aiming to strengthen Nordic collaboration and research using linked registry data from heath care registries. The researchers will also be involved in running analyses within the IMI ConcePTION project, a collaborative European research project aimed at generating and disseminating evidence on the effects of medicines used in pregnancy and during lactation.
Read more here:
Our COVID-19 projects: PharmaSafe COVID-19 projects - Department of Pharmacy (uio.no)
The PharmaSafe research group
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.
The position requires presence at work on campus at University of Oslo.
A Master’s degree in computer science, data science, statistics, biostatistics, medical informatics or equivalent with a strong hands-on programming and analytic experience using healthcare data.
The candidate must have:
- Hands-on RWD/RWE experience with data sources such as large-scale administrative health care data (e.g., Medical birth registries, Prescription registries)
- Advanced programming skills in R (R Shiny) programming. Proficiency in STATA is an advantage
- Proficiency with common statistical methods, such as survival analysis, generalized linear models
- Familiarity with Common Data models (e.g. OMOP) and in the extract, transform, and load (ETL) process
- Excellent problem-solving abilities and strong analytic skills with great attention to detail
- Ability to effectively communicate technical and non-technical topics effectively in writing and verbally with colleagues in any related disciplines
The preferred candidate will also have:
- Prior experience working on pharmacoepidemiological projects
- Prior experience working with Nordic health care registry data
- The ability to produce careful and detail-oriented work.
- Can work independently and efficiently to meet tight timelines where needed
- Ability to prioritize workload when working on multiple projects
- Salary NOK 534 900 – 728 400 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1108)
- 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
- Professionally stimulating working environment
- Vibrant international academic environment
- Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their 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, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation
- A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
- Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign 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, academic qualifications, as well as the candidate’s motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.
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 a.o.
The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.
Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.
If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.
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