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Post-doctoral research fellowship position in Genetic Epidemiology

Deadline: 08.06.2022

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 Clinical Medicine (Klinmed) is one of three institutes under the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty's educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university's largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas.

Job description

A 100% position as Post-doctoral fellowship in statistical genetics for 3 years is available.

The successful applicant will be working on well-defined projects in the area of genetic epidemiology funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Depending on the applicant’s level of experience, they will help develop and/or apply statistical genetics approaches to investigate the possible existence of transgenerational effects on human phenotypes, using cohorts such as the Norwegian HUNT cohort (which has a large number of parent-offspring pairs) and UK Biobank.

The postdoctoral research fellow will have their primary workplace at the University of Oslo, with the possibility of a research stay at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia working in world renowned Professor David Evans’ laboratory. Professor Evans’ lab is also co-located with Peter Visscher, Naomi Wray and the Program for Complex Trait Genetics.

The advertised project are fundamentally quantitative and computer-based, and so evidence of aptitude and skill in these areas is essential. Our ideal candidate will have knowledge and keen interest in genetics, epidemiology, statistics, unix and shell scripting, and statistical software such as R.

More about the position

  • The post-doctoral fellow will work in a multidisciplinary team with clinicians as well as with experts in statistics, big data analysis and computer science.
  • The research will involve statistical genetics, bioinformatics, and novel biostatistical methods.
  • The goal is to study the possible existence of transgenerational genetic effects on human phenotypes using large cohorts such as the Norwegian HUNT cohort and UK Biobank.
  • The work will involve development and application of new statistical methods.
  • The candidate is expected to collaborate closely with existing researcher, as well as PhD students to be recruited as part of this project.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

Guidelines for appointments to post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Oslo may be obtained here.

Qualification requirements

We will consider applicants

  • with a PhD from a wide range of backgrounds including, but not limited to: epidemiology, statistics, genetics, mathematics, computer science, bioinformatics, econometrics, psychology, molecular biology and physics
  • is ambitious and highly motivated for pursuing a career in science
  • is goal oriented and enjoys working within a cross-disciplinary team
  • has a strong command of English

We offer

  • An exciting research environment with a multidisciplinary profile and large opportunities for academic development.
  • Salary NOK 534 400 - 615 800 per annum depending on qualifications for a 100% position
  • Favorable pension arrangements
  • Attractive welfare arrangements
  • 100 % post-doctoral research fellowship position

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter including motivation for applying for the position
  • CV (summarizing education, relevant work experience, grants etc)
  • A complete list of publications and academic work
  • Educational certificates and transcripts of records.
  • Contact details of 2-3 references

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Candidates who have previously completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellow period funded by The Research Council of Norway will be evaluated for a 3-year position as a Researcher (SKO 1109).

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow 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.

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.

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