Postdoctoral Fellow - Social Inequality in Health

Deadline: 27.10.2021

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

The Faculty of Health Sciences at UiT The Arctic University of Norway represents a newly created entity gathering almost all possible health study programs. This facilitates an unique interdisciplinarity and innovation in health education and research. We work closely with the services in the North to solve tomorrow's challenges.

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Faculty of Health Sciences / Department of Community Medicine

The position

At the Department of Community Medicine a position is available for a Postdoctoral research fellow in Social Inequality in Health. The position is affiliated with the Systems Epidemiology Research group and will be part of the RCN funded “Healthy choices and the social gradient” project and WP3/WP 4 more specifically. The candidate will be working in close collaboration with colleagues at the department and the international partners of the project.

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of three years. However, the position might be extended to four years if the candidate is involved in teaching at the department. The position can additionally be assigned to teaching and related work for UiT in an amount equivalent to a maximum 25 % of a full-time employment. Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant is able to carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. No person may hold more than one fixed-term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The appointed Postdoctoral Fellow must have its daily workplace at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, but the candidate is expected to work in periods at the partner institutions.

The project

The “Healthy Choices” Project is a five-year project which started in January 2020, and the overall objective is to provide new insight into the complex interrelationships between health-related choices, the social gradient and modifiable risk factors, as well as building actionable knowledge among the public and decision makers to reduce inequalities in health. This position is part of WP3/WP 4 where the primary focus is to explore how socioeconomic status (SES), social capital, psychosocial and behavioral factors and biological markers are interrelated and related to health outcomes in a life course framework combined with the characterization of all risk factors including biological markers.

The project involves data and samples from the Norwegian Women and Cancer Cohort (NOWAC) and the Tromsø Study. The NOWAC and the Tromsø study are both cohorts managed at the Department of community medicine at UiT, and more information about the cohorts can be found here and here.

The applicant is expected to describe some preliminary thoughtsabout the project in no more than one page as part of the application.


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For appointment as Postdoctoral research fellow, the applicant requires a Norwegian doctoral degree within a relevant field or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree. Additionally, you must be able to document relevant research experience for the project. Documented fluency in English is required.

Additional relevant research experience is an advantage, but not mandatory. The applicant is expected to describe some preliminary thoughts about the project in no more than one page as part of the application.

The candidate should have practical experience with computing and programming, preferably in data analysis environments such as STATA or R. Familiarity with interdisciplinary research, complex systems, epidemiology, and/or -bioinformatics is beneficial, and experience analyzing data from the Tromsø Study or the NOWAC cohort is also considered an advantage.

Qualification with a PhD is required before commencement in the position. If you’re at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for doctoral degree evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. You must have dissertated before the start-up date of the position.

In the assessment, emphasis will be put on the submitted works, the brief project description as well as on the candidates experience from popularization/dissemination, policies and project management. Moreover, the candidates motivation, potential for research and personal suitability for the position will be assessed.

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength, and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

If you recieve a personal overseas research grant from NFR it is possible to apply NFR for an extension of the fellowship period corresponding to the length of the stay abroad (minimum three months, maximum 12 months).


Your application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV
  • The applicant is expected to describe some preliminary thoughts about the project in no more than one page
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Written references
  • Contact information to 2-3 references
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications
  • A list of your academic production
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work.

In order to achieve a targeted use of the postdoctoral position, and to strengthen the employee’s career development, a development plan must be available no later than three months after the appointment contract is signed. The development plan must be approved by the immediate leader with personnel responsibility.

The documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via www.jobbnorge.no.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

The remuneration for Postdoctoral research fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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