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Data engineer (Head engineer / Senior engineer) -  Department of Psychology

Deadline: 24.11.2023

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 Department of Psychology is one of seven units of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has 75 permanent and 70 temporary members of scientific staff. Degrees are offered at bachelor and master level, plus a clinical training programme, and the PhD programme has 140 students.

Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Psychology

Are you interested in applying your data engineering and computational skills in an interdisciplinary, frontline research environment on mental health?

We have a temporary position (100 %) as a Data engineer (Head engineer/Senior engineer SKO 1087/1181) available at the Department of Psychology (PSI), University of Oslo (UiO). This is an externally funded full time position for 2 years, with the possibility of an extension. The position will be part of the Research administration at the Department of Psychology and connected to the research group at The Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT) and the KG Jebsen Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

NORMENT at the UiO has established a multicenter research program to increase our understanding of the biological, genetic, psychological, and environmental factors contributing to severe mental disorders. The research involves all psychiatric hospital departments in Oslo and several research groups at the University and University hospital. Our research groups have used their infrastructures for clinical evaluations, neuropsychological testing, MRI brain imaging, genotyping, sequencing and biobanking to collect large samples of genetic and brain imaging data on patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and healthy controls. In addition, we are collaborating with large international consortia and focusing on multivariate analysis and machine learning/deep learning models applied to these and other large datasets based on novel statistical tools.

More about the position and tasks

We are looking for a data engineer who can contribute their skills to maintain and improve research data management for big data projects, and build analytical pipelines for harmonizing and integrating datasets from different studies. The position will also be closely connected to the UiO’s IT team responsible for TSD service operations. It will be integrated with the NORMENT Core Resource Unit for Databases and Biostatistics and the Precision Psychiatry and Multimodal Imaging groups in close collaboration with the KG Jebsen Centre.

The candidate should be interested in working with HPC platforms, such as UiO’s Services for Sensitive Data (TSD) and assisting researchers in efficiently using this infrastructure. It will also be advantageous to have experience/interest in building web-based or database applications that cater to the needs of 100+ researchers at our center.

The main roles and tasks of this position will be to

  • coordinate tasks between UiO’s IT team and NORMENT/KG Jebsen research groups to ensure smooth operations of research HPC infrastructure and efficient solutions for data management.
  • provide technical user support for UiO and Sigma2 cloud infrastructures (TSD, NREC, Educloud, NIRD) for researchers at NORMENT.
  • assist with developing, updating, and communicating guidelines for best practices to users, data access control, and monitoring system usage load/bottlenecks on TSD for NORMENT projects.

We will also provide possibilities to contribute in

  • designing and deploying software solutions to process, harmonize, and model large-scale imaging, genetics, and clinical datasets,
  • coordinating, maintaining, and providing technical solutions for national and international collaborative projects,
  • integrating secure national and international federated data platforms with our existing platforms (TSD).

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants are required to have a Master’s degree in relevant field such as computer science or engineering. At least 3 years of documented relevant work experience can be considered to compensate for the Master’s level education requirement.
  • Experience and competence with Linux systems and shell scripting is required
  • Experience and competence with Data analyses using R / Python or MATLAB is required
  • Applicants must have fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Applicants must document some experience relevant for the tasks in this position

Experience and competence within the following topics will be considered an advantage

  • Experience with high-performance computing (HPC)
  • Container technologies (Docker, Podman, Singularity)
  • Cloud VM management (Openshift/OpenStack)
  • Statistical modeling
  • Version control (Git)
  • Web programming (HTML, PHP / Javascript, etc.)

Applicants with documented experience and interest in high performance computing, database/web application development, data management, and/or software programming will be preferred. Furthermore, special emphasis will be placed on the relevance of the candidate’s professional experience and open-source contributions.

Personal skills

The position is part of a highly interdisciplinary, international, and collaborative environment; therefore, collaboration and teamwork skills and being service-oriented are central to the role.

  • In the evaluation of applicants, emphasis will be placed on the following personal skills:
  • Candidate’s collaborative, flexible, and service-minded attitude
  • Candidate’s ability to work independently and contribute to a positive and constructive work environment
  • Candidate’s co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration

Placement in a position as head engineer or senior engineer depends on competence and experience. In order to be assessed as a senior engineer, extensive relevant experience within the specific area of responsibility assigned to the position is required. The position of senior engineer demands a high level of task implementation and when appointed as a senior engineer, additional tasks that require particular expertise in a similar field as a head engineer, may be added to the position.

We offer

  • A challenging and friendly working environment.
  • Salary grade for the head engineer (position code 1087) 540 500 - 624 500 per year, for a senior engineer position (position code 1181) 624 500 - 720 100 NOK depending on qualifications and experience.
  • Excellent pension arrangements.
  • Attractive welfare benefits.
  • NORMENT and KG Jebsen Centre are highly multidisciplinary research environments and offer multiple opportunities for professional development in the research/health big-data field, valuable experience with large-scale multimodal MRI, genetics and clinical data, in addition to working alongside experts in diverse fields including neuroscience, computer science, genetics, medicine and psychology.

How to apply

  • A one-page statement of motivation, professional interests, and a brief description of previous relevant experience.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) summarizing education, positions and academic work
  • Copies of educational certificates, publications/academic work 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 (Jobbnorge), please follow the link “Apply for this job”.

International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. All documents must be in or translated to English or a Scandinavian language.

Formal regulations

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

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 Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

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.

Contact information

For practical questions regarding electronic application you can contact Kamila Cholti, HR-adviser at PSI, kamila.cholti@psykologi.uio.no

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