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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - 3 years (HELED)

Deadline: 04.01.2021

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.

Job description

Position as Postdoctoral Research fellow is available at the Department of Health Management and Health Economics (HELED). The project is part of the Norwegian Center for Health Services Research, NORCHER, funded by Research Council of Norway led by HELED at the Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo. The purpose of NORCHER is to develop, implement and evaluate models for health-service delivery that encourage equal access, high quality and cost-effectiveness. NORCHER aims to build institutional expertise and capacity within the area of health service research.

The fellowship is a fulltime position and will be for a period of 3 years. The fellowship is a fulltime position and will be for a period of 3 years, of which 10% is devoted to compulsary work for the department.

The tentative startup date is 1.3.2021. It is expected that the appointed person is doing the job in Norway.

More about the position

Appropriate organization and financing of health care is fundamental to having a sustainable welfare state. Researchers at HELED have for many years contributed to comparative analyses of health care performance research through both EU-funded projects and other projects. In NORCHER, we shall develop further the Nordic comparative analyses. In particular, we aim at evaluating effects of Nordic health care reforms on equity of access, outcomes and efficiency of health care. This research requires a data infrastructure that produces comparative national, regional and provider level indicators on healthcare service provision, costs, access and outcomes. The research also requires further development of the econometric tools to evaluate health care reforms across countries. The post doc position is devoted to the Nordic comparative studies and will have a crucial role in all parts of the research. Close cooperation with researchers from Denmark, Finland and Sweden creates a unique arena for professional development.

The postdoc will be affiliated the Faculty's organized post doc programme

https://www.med.uio.no/english/research/postdoctoral-programme/

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

Qualification requirements

  • A doctoral degree or degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree (Ph.D) is required, and the topic of the Ph.D must be in areas that are relevant to the project, such as economics or health economics. For applicants who have not defended their dissertation, it is a prerequisite that the doctoral thesis is submitted for assessment before the application deadline expires. It is a prerequisite for starting in the postdoctoral position that the dissertation is approved
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • A strong background in econometrics and applied empirical research
  • Advanced user of statistical software such as STATA for estimating models
  • Experience and motivation for working with merged registry data, such as hospital discharge data and primary health care data
  • Scientific publications and preparation of scientific manuscripts in English
  • A strong background in health economic theory on incentives and behavior
  • Ability to work independently
  • Professional and personal prerequisites and motivations for carrying out the research activities in the research group

Interviews will be held and references collected. Applicants who are invited to an interview can be asked to give a presentation.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 523 200– 605 500 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)
  • 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, 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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