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Doctoral Research Fellowship, Health Management and Health Economics (2 positions)

Deadline: 28.05.2020

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

Two Doctoral Research Fellowships (SKO 1017) in Health Management and Policy/Health Economics are available at the Institute of Health and Society (HELSAM) at the University of Oslo. The appointment is for a duration of 4 years, including teaching responsibilities.

HELSAM is one of three institutes at the Faculty of Medicine. HELSAM bases its work on a complex understanding of interconnectedness of sickness, health and the health systems. Policy, culture, the environment, the society as well as biology interact. This complexity characterizes the research, teaching and service at the institute.

The current position will be allocated to the Department of Health Management and Health Economics (HELED). HELED is a multidisciplinary department, consisting mostly of economists, social scientists and medical doctors, and conducting research in the fields of health economics and economic evaluation, health management and health policy, public health and clinical effectiveness. HELED is organised in four research groups (see website). The department is responsible for PhD training, the teaching of medical students in quality, leadership and knowledge management, and four discrete study programs: a bachelor’s degree program in Health Management and Health Economics (taught in Norwegian), two master’s degree programs; (both taught in English), and an executive master’s degree program in Health Administration (taught in Norwegian).

HELED is strengthening its research in the field of health management and policy and in the field of health economics and economic evaluation. HELED searches 2 doctoral research fellows with relevant academic background in social sciences/health sciences or in health economics/economic evaluation, as the teaching responsibilities for these positions are associated with the department’s bachelor and master courses in health management and policy/health economics and economic evaluation. The positions advertised are part of this undertaking, as we seek to add to our academic staff expertise who works within these fields. The successful candidates will be part of HELED’s research groups in health management, organisation and ethics or economic evaluation (see website) /health economics (see website).

The positions requires a relevant Master's Degree or equivalent academic qualifications. In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the project within the given timeframe and write a PhD thesis under supervision. Interviews with selected candidates will be arranged.

More about the position

The fellowship period is up to 4 years, with 3 years devoted to research education. The position entails a compulsory work load of 25% that consists of teaching and supervision duties and research assistance.

The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The applicant must, in collaboration with her/his supervisor, within two months after employment, have worked out a complete project description to be attached to the application for admission to the doctoral program. For more information, please see our web site (https://www.med.uio.no/english/research/phd/index.html)

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master's Degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent with a specialisation in a social science/health science/economics/health economics, with relevance for the area of health management and policy or health economics/economic evaluation. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS. Applicants that have submitted their master thesis by the application deadline, and will receive their Master's degree before 15th of June 2020, might be taken into consideration.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

Personal skills

The following qualifications will be important in the assessment of the applicants:

  • The relevance of the suggested PhD project
  • The project's scientific merit, its theoretical, empirical and methodical ambitions, and its innovativeness.
  • The applicant's academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame.
  • The applicant's ability to complete all the required elements of the Faculty’s PhD program
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 479 600 – 542 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • 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
  • A professionally stimulating working environment

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • A project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see for example Template for project description https://www.hf.uio.no/english/research/phd/application/projectdescription.html)
  • CV summarizing education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications
  • Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Documentation of english proficiency
  • A complete list of publications and academic works
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”.

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the eventuelt “project description” and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Contact information

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