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Researcher position (Biostatistics)

Deadline: 16.06.2020

Universitetet i Oslo

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 Basic Medical Sciences overall objective is to promote basic medical knowledge in order to understand normal processes, provide insight into mechanisms that cause illness, and promote good health. The Institute is responsible for teaching in basic medical sciences for the programmes of professional study in medicine and the Master's programme in clinical nutrition. The Institute has more than 300 employees and is located in Domus Medica.

Job description

One Researcher position is available at the Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE), Department of Biostatistics, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo.

This is an opportunity to join one of Europe's most active biostatistics groups at an exciting time. Currently, OCBE includes nine tenured professors and associate professors, twelve researchers, and several post-doctoral fellows and PhD students, making up a group of about 50. OCBE is internationally recognized, with interests spanning a broad range of areas (including time-to-event models, data integration, causal inference, statistical genomics, Bayesian inference, informative missingness and measurement error models, epidemiological studies of lifestyle and chronic diseases, stochastic models for infectious diseases, high dimensional data and models) and numerous collaborations with leading bio-medical research groups nationally and internationally.

The position is funded by the European Research Council through the Advanced grant project "SCARABEE".

More about the position

The position is for 2 years and it is targeted towards development and application of novel inference methods for intractable simulator-based statistical models within the Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) framework. The person recruited to the position will be participating in the research team coordinating the ELFI software development project (www.elfi.ai).

Qualification requirements

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

  • Candidates for the position must have a PhD in statistics/mathematics/computer science equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

They should also have documented research experience about ABC inference methods and software development for likelihood-free inference. Skills in the combination of machine learning methods, such as classifiers, model diagnostics and parametric statistical simulator models are particularly appreciated.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability.

We offer

  • Salary pay grade 59 – 65 (NOK 523 200 – 583 900) depending on qualifications, as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • Stimulating and attractive work environment
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits

How to apply

The application must include:

  • A one-page text describing current research interests and potential contributions to the planned project
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • List of publications
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. 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).

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 etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

Enquiries about the application process should be directed to Human Resources Advisor at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Ole Rustad, [email protected]

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