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Associate Professor of Medicine (Biostatistics / Epidemiology)

Deadline: 04.05.2021

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 Health and Society is one of three institutes at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo. The Institute covers various disciplines and consists of six departments: General Practice, Health Sciences, Health Management and Health Economics, Medical Ethics, Community Medicine and Global Health and Nursing Science.

The Institute of Health and Society bases its work on a complex understanding of disease, health and health systems. Culture, environment, economics, society and biology play direct and indirect roles. Our teaching responsibilities include seven Master’s programs, one Bachelor program and part of the Faculty’s medical school and PhD-program. We employ about 220 FTE and have almost 700 Bachelor and Master students. Annual income is about 200 mill NOK, half of which is external funding. Our researchers play an active part of public policy and disseminate new knowledge through many channels.

Job description

The Institute of Health and Society, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, is strengthening its capacity in biostatistics. A permanent full position is available in the department of Community Medicine and Global Health for an Associate Professor of Medicine (Biostatistics/Epidemiology).

The interests of the candidate should be in the broad area of biostatistics. Applicants to the position must have experience with initiating, developing and managing advanced epidemiologic methods, but also the ability to teach basic and applied epidemiology to students. The successful applicant should be interested in following the field of advanced epidemiology, and enjoy sharing this knowledge with colleagues.

More information is found in the description of the position here.

Qualification requirements

  • Master degree or equivalent competence in biostatistics, statistics, or mathematics
  • Doctoral degree or equivalent qualifications
  • Experience with linking and analyzing large epidemiologic data sets such as health surveys, national register data, and biobanks is a requirement
  • Experience with advanced epidemiologic methods
  • Educational competence will count positively. Applicants who do not have documented basic university pedagogical competence must acquire this within two years from appointment.
  • Documentation of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration will count positively
  • Documented experience in acquisition of external funding
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Good communication skills in Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) are a prerequisite for performing all the tasks associated with the position. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language at the time of appointment are given a deadline of two years to learn Norwegian.

The successful candidate will be expected to move to Oslo, and participate in the teaching activities of the Department.

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants: In the ranking of competent applicants, the whole range of qualifications shall be considered, assessed and explicitly ascribed weight. Particular emphasis will be attached to applicants' scientific publications during the past five years and that are closely related to the area in which the post is advertised. Hiring procedures are regulated in "Rules for appointing Professors and Associate Professors” as well as "Rules on pedagogical competence", see here.

Personal skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to create a good working and teaching environment
  • Ability to engage in active collaboration (interdisciplinary and internationally) will be part of the evaluation criteria
  • Good communication skills, also to a wider public audience is expected

We offer

  • Salary from kr 658 300 to kr 792 700 depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • Good pension schemes
  • Good welfare benefits
  • The Associate Professor will have the opportunity to apply for promotion to a position as Professor at a later date

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV
  • Complete list of publications
  • Educational portfolio of 3-6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own practice and learning vision is anchored in the SoTL criteria (focus on student learning, development over time, a research approach and a collegial attitude and practice)
  • Description of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration
  • Diplomas and references
  • Alternatively: academic works (up to 10 publications) and a brief account of these
  • Alternatively: references (list of 2-3 persons with name, title, email and phone number)

Applicants who at the time of appointment cannot provide documentary evidence of basic teaching competence, must acquire such competence in the course of a period of two years.

Educational competence must be documented in an educational portfolio including a documented overview of teaching experience, documented teaching competence and also a reflection statement.

Application with attachments must be submitted via our online recruitment system. Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

A screening committee will invite the most relevant candidates to submit up to 10 scientific articles for expert assessment. For this reason, scientific articles must not be uploaded with the application.

Interviews will form part of the appointment process. The entire breadth of qualifications will be assessed in ranking competent applicants.

Formal regulations

Please refer to the Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships at the University of Oslo, the Guide for Applicants and Members of the Assessment Committee and Rules for practicing the requirement for basic pedagogical competence at the University of Oslo.

Pursuant to section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

ALTERNATIVELY: If there are no qualified applicants for a permanent position, the appointing authority may consider appointment to a temporary lower position for up to three years, cf. Section 6-5 of the University and University College Act.

The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is intended to secure the rights to all research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.


  • Head of department Associate Professor: Tone Omsland: phone number: +47 22850606, e-mail: [email protected]

For questions related to the electronic recruitment process: HR Adviser Hege Øverby; e-mail: [email protected]

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