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Professor / Associate Professor of Medicine (Epidemiology in Public Health)

Deadline: 11.12.2022

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 Public Health 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 has two permanent vacant positions (alternatively 1 full time and 2 x 50% positions) as Professor/Associate Professor in the subject area of Epidemiology in Public Health.

The Institute of Health and Society (HELSAM) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, bases its work on a complex understanding of the interconnectedness of sickness, health and health systems. Research, teaching and service at the Institute focuses on the complex interaction of policy, culture, environment, society, and biology. From autumn of 2023 HELSAM will launch a new master programme in public health science and epidemiology. The teaching assignments for the two positions will be in the new program and its two tracks, public health and epidemiology. The positions will be allocated to the Department of Public Health Science. The person appointed is also expected to participate in adjudication committees for PhD theses, assessment committees regarding appointments and competence promotions, and to take the role as acting dean in disputations.

The appointee must be able to lead and initiate research, supervise doctoral degree students, participate in teaching and examination work at all levels, and undertake administrative tasks, in accordance with applicable provisions.

Further description of the position and evaluation procedure, can be found here.

Furthermore, we refer to information leaflets for applicants as well as guidelines for the preparation of the application, see here, Regulations for appointment to scientific positions, see here, as well as rules on pedagogical competence, see here.

Qualification requirements

The successful applicants will cover basic and applied epidemiology, as well as advanced methods to identify causal effects. Experience with epidemiologic research in different settings and expertise with the use of different data sources such as registry data, biomarkers or clinical data, are requirements. Familiarity with the development and evaluation of public health interventions and health promotion programs will be considered a strength. The relevant candidates have a strong methodological background and training in epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine or other health-related disciplines.

For Associate Professor:

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent qualifications within Epidemiology in Public Health
  • 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.
  • Good communication skills both written and oral in English and 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.

For Professor:

  • Substantial academic production in excess of that which is required for a doctoral degree within Epidemiology in Public Health.
  • Prolonged research activity with an independent research profile.
  • Documented basic university pedagogical competence. This requirement may be waived in special cases, but must then be met within two years from appointment.
  • Broad experience in the development and implementation of teaching, supervision and work with educational quality.
  • Good qualifications in dissemination and/or management and administration.
  • Good communication skills both written and oral in English and Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) are a prerequisite for performing all the tasks associated with the position. Alternatively: Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language at the time of appointment are given a deadline of two years to learn Norwegian.
  • Supervised (as main supervisor) at least one PhD up to the defense.

Personal skills

  • Collaboration skills
  • An open mind towards new methodological approaches and interdisciplinarity.
  • Motivation for academic leadership and administration
  • High ambitions and quality of teaching, research and communications is expected.
  • High quality of research, and publishing in peer-reviewed international journals is expected.
  • Within 6 months after appointment the successful candidate must provide a 3 year plan for future research in line with the institute’s/department’s strategic priorities. The plan is to be presented for the head of department.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create an attractive research environment will be emphasised. Active collaboration, also interdisciplinary and internationally is expected.

We offer

  • Salary from NOK 677 000 to NOK 814 900 depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • Salary from NOK 839 900 to NOK 1 047 600 depending on competencies, in the position of Professor (position code 1013)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Good pension schemes
  • 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
  • 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:

  • Cover letter stating of motivation and research interests
  • CV including a complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, description of qualifications in dissemination, past and current own funding, project coordination experience and other relevant activities
  • Complete list of publications
  • A research plan (up to 3 pages) that includes a description on how your work will complement and synergize with research in the Institute and the Department, and a strategy for obtaining external funding
  • Pedagogical portfolio of 3-6 pages documenting educational and lecturing experience. The applicant is also asked to describe any supervision of PhD candidates including the PhD candidate's name, date of defense, name of institution where the defense was held and whether the applicant was/is main/or co-supervisor
  • Description of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration
  • Diplomas and references
  • Academic works (up to 10 publications) and a brief account of these
  • References (list of 2-3 persons with name, title, email and phone number)

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

Interviews (and possibly a trial lecture) 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.

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. 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.


  • Head of Institute, professor Terje P. Hagen, phone number: +47 22845363/97564771, e-mail: [email protected]
  • Head of Department, professor Ragnhild Hellesø, phone number +47 22850566, e-mail: [email protected]
  • HR-adviser Susan Rockwell (for questions about registration of the application), e-mail: [email protected]

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