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Researchers in pharmacoepidemiology and biostatistics

Deadline: 01.10.2021

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.

About the position

Two to three full time positions as Researcher are available at the Department of Pharmacy at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway,

Starting date: as soon as possible, one position ending Q3/Q4 2023, two positions ending Q4 2023.

Job/ project description:

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 3 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.

The researchers will be involved in several COVID-19 studies using advanced statistics and causal inference methods to study associations between medication use during pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes. The epidemiological data consists of data from various secondary data sources such as prescription data, patient registries and medical birth registries from several Nordic countries.

One researcher will be 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. A specific focus in this project will be on vulnerable populations (e.g. pregnant women and children) and Covid-19 outcomes, and the impact of medications in these groups of individuals.

Two researchers will be working on COVID-19 vaccines studies as part of the VAC4EU (Vaccine monitoring Collaboration for Europe) network collaboration. This multinational network aims to provide robust evidence about the effects of vaccines in a collaborative manner in Europe for use by health care professionals, public health organisations and regulatory agencies. VAC4EU is a multi-stakeholder international association with a study network to run studies and an open community for scientific debate.

Read more here:

Our COVID-19 projects: PharmaSafe COVID-19 projects - Department of Pharmacy (uio.no)

The candidate will also be included in the PharmaTox Strategic Research Initiative at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.PharmaTox is a multidisciplinary center comprising strong research environments in pharmaceutical bioscience, biology, bioinformatics and statistics.

The PharmaSafe research group

The PharmaTox research environment

Qualification requirements

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 at the campus University of Oslo.

Required qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in epidemiology or biostatistics or related field. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defense are eligible for appointment
  • Competence in the application of advanced (pharmaco-) epidemiological and causal inference methods
  • Research experience within pharmacoepidemiology and analysis of large-scale data sets, preferentially from the Nordic countries
  • Good computational and coding skills (STATA or R)
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • High motivation for a research career, documented primarily via original publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Personal skills

  • Ability to work independently as well as in multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to give and receive constructive scientific criticism
  • Resourceful, structured, and results-oriented

We offer

  • Salary NOK 524 900 – 650 300 per year depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • 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, 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.

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

Formal regulations

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

Contact information

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For questions regarding Jobbnorge please contact HR Adviser Therese Ringvold, e-mail: [email protected]

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