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Postdoctoral Fellowship - Institute of Health and Society

Deadline: 28.02.2021

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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in health economics and disease simulation modeling of cervical cancer prevention

Job description

The Department of Health Management and Health Economics, Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo (UiO), announces a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship primarily focused on developing and applying advanced simulation or decision-analytic models (e.g., dynamic microsimulation models) within primary and secondary prevention policies of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related diseases.

Project funds have been awarded to The Department of Health Management and Health Economics (PI: Associate Professor Emily Burger) by the Norwegian Cancer Society to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness interventions for the prevention of cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV)-related diseases.

Area of research

The CC-PREVENT project aims to inform cervical cancer prevention programs that reduce the burden of cervical cancer for all social groups, while ensuring efficient resource use and an acceptable benefit-harm balance within and between cervical cancer control programs (i.e., vaccination and screening).

The analyses conducted in CC-PREVENT will anticipate the changes in the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of current screening policies in light of the changing landscape of vaccination programs and thereby ensure that the Norwegian cervical cancer screening program remains a responsible public health program. The project includes both decision-analytic modeling (disease simulation modeling), systematic reviews, and causal analysis of register data.

Findings of CC-PREVENT will prove essential to guide decision-making related to current and future cervical cancer prevention policies, including policy recommendations for both the HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening programs.

Starting date

The expected start date is Spring 2021 (negotiable), and this position is located in Oslo, Norway (though flexibility with a virtual start can be discussed).

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will primarily work on the Norwegian Cancer Society-funded project but will be integrated in the research group working HPV-induced anal cancer screening and lung cancer screening evaluations. The fellow will be expected to develop and lead simulation modeling projects, conduct systematic literature reviews, analyze large registry data, prepare publications for peer-reviewed journals, and present at seminars. The project will be carried out in collaboration with partners at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA, and the Cancer Registry of Norway. In agreement with the candidate, the fellow will have protected time to develop his/her own research agenda, including preparing for grant submissions. Within this role, the fellow may contribute to teaching activities, such as training master’s students in economic evaluation at the Department’s Health Policy and Economics program.

More about the position

Candidates should have recently completed or expect to soon complete their doctorate studies with a strong research record in health policy, health economics, decision science, or a related field. Experience in disease simulation modeling, biostatistics or large database analysis is strongly recommended, including programming experience in R, Python, or C++. We are primarily looking for experienced researchers who wish to use this period as an opportunity to further develop their research, and to develop longer term research collaborations with UiO and other institutions conducting research in the field.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in health policy, health economics, decision science or a related field. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Are highly motivated and competent postdoctoral candidates
  • Have an open and cooperation-oriented nature, with strong abilities for independent academic work
  • Have basic medical knowledge and knowledge of HPV-related diseases.
  • Have an excellent track record in research and publications, necessary for being able to develop a competitive grant application.
  • Can express themselves orally in English
  • Has excellent academic English writing skills
  • Should be willing to have research stays to project partners in the United States.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 526 000 – 608 200 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • 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

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • One-page summary of your PhD dissertation
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • A complete list of publications
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

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.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, 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.

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.

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

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

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