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At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care (IGS), a full-time PhD-position is available for a period of four (4) years or max 4 months after completed the PhD-degree, if this is achieved within a shorter time than four years. The positions include 25 % required duties such as teaching, exam work or supervision, depending on the demands at the department.
The position is available from 1 January 2024 and is located at Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health (BCEPS), a new Research Council of Norway Centre of Excellence (SFF). The position is funded by the University of Bergen.
Norwegian Centres of Excellence aim to give Norway’s best researchers the opportunity to achieve ambitious scientific objectives through collaboration. The research conducted at the centres must be innovative and have the potential to generate ground-breaking results. As a Centre of Excellence, BCEPS aims to become a world-leading research environment capable of developing a new ethical framework for achieving fair priorities in health. BCEPS has an extensive network of international collaborative partners, including universities, international organisations and national ministries of health.
UiB encourages international exchange, and research can be carried out in collaboration with and with time spent at the University of Pennsylvania.
About the project/work tasks:
Write a PhD (three publications in peer- reviewed journals) on the topic of ethics and priority setting in health.
The candidate will work for the Rationing Lab at BCEPS led by professors Zeke Emanuel (University of Pennsylvania) and Ole F. Norheim (University of Bergen).
The Rationing Lab aims to develop a general ethical framework for priority setting that integrates utilitarian, egalitarian and prioritarian principles. In addition, the Lab will elaborate a new procedural approach for implementing models of priority setting.
The PhD candidate will help the Lab achieve these goals, and a PhD protocol will be developed in collaboration with the Lab leads. Short bullet point description.
Qualifications and personal qualities:
The applicant must hold a master`s degree or equivalent in medicine, philosophy, ethics, political science, or economics.
We are especially interested in people whose area of interest include political philosophy and democratic theory.
Experience from relevant research projects will be considered an advantage.
The candidate should have the ability to work independently and in a structured manner, with good collaborative skills.
The candidate must have the ability and motivation to carry out a PhD project.
The applicant must be fluent in spoken and written English, see documentation requirements.
Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is also required that the applicant enclose a review from the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir) whether the education in question (bachelor and master's degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see here for more information about HK-dir’s general recognition. The review from HK-dir may take some time and the application should be sent to HK-dir as soon as you have decided to apply for the position. If no answer within the application deadline, you must enclose documentation from HK-dir that they have received your application. Please note that the automatic recognition offered by HK-dir is not sufficient and will not be accepted as basis for admission to the PhD programme. Applicants with education from a Scandinavian country or medical degree from the EEA area and a license to practice medicine in Norway are exempt from the requirement for HK-dir assessment, see Admission requirements at the Faculty of Medicine | Faculty of Medicine | UiB
The candidate must take part in the University of Bergen approved PhD programme leading to the degree within a time limit of 3 years. You must have admission to the organized research training (PhD program) at the Faculty in order to qualify for the position. Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline for the training plan must be submitted no later than three months after the date of commencement.
The PhD position:
PhD-positions are fixed term positions. You cannot be employed in a PhD-position for more than one fixed term period at the same institution or have had similar employment at an institution in the region.
We can offer:
Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
Salary NOK 540 500 (code 1017, pay grade 55) in the state salary scale. For applicants with at least one year of employment in a position as a General Practitioner or Dentist, salary NOK 557 100 (code 1017, pay grade 57). Medical specialist starts on salary NOK 575 400 (code 1017, pay grade 59)
Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
A brief account of the applicant`s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
Certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades
Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is also required that the applicant enclose a review from HK-dir whether the education in question (bachelor and master degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see here for more information about HK-dir’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from HK-dir that they have received your application
Complete list of publications and scientific work you want to be evaluated
Any publication in your name
Two references (name and contact information)
For further information please contact:
Professor Ole F. Norheim e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +47 55 58 61 45
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
(In the call for applicants and for employment in position groups in which the percentage of underrepresented gender is below 40 percent, the University of Bergen must apply a moderate gender quota scheme. This category of position involves including in the advertisement text that women/men are especially encouraged to apply. The following text shall therefore be included in the job advertisement: "We encourage women/men to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply").
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.
Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.
The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.
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