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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in pharmacoepidemiology and biostatistics

Deadline: 31.10.2021

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The Department of Pharmacy has 130 employees. We have an active research and innovation environment based on independent research in pharmaceutical topics. The Department of Pharmacy is responsible for the popular master's degree program in pharmacy and has 350 competent and committed students.

Pharmaceutical related research and education forms the base of all activities at the Department of Pharmacy. The science of pharmacy lies in the interface between the natural sciences, pharmaceutical technology, health related topics and social sciences. This interdisciplinarity is reflected both in our study programmes and in our research.

About the position

A postdoctoral researcher position is available at the Department of Pharmacy at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway,

The appointment is a fulltime position starting 01.01.2022 and ending 31.05.2024.

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

Job/ project description

We are searching for a postdoctoral research fellow trained in one or more of the following fields: pharmacoepidemiology, genetic epidemiology/statistical genetics, reproductive/perinatal epidemiology, biostatistics, and/or causal inference, with strong statistical/methods training and an interest in working on interdisciplinary research targeting maternal and infant health. Successful applicants will work closely with the PharmacoEpidemiology and Drug Safety Research Group at the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.

The research group includes 3 full time researchers, 4 adjunct positions and over 10 PhD-students and post docs making up a group of more than 20 individuals. The PharmaSafe Research group at UiO is internationally recognized, with interests spanning a broad range of areas including pharmacoepidemiology, medication safety and clinical pharmacy, with special focus on complex patient groups. The research group is multidisciplinary and has expertise in pharmacoepidemiology, biostatistics, genetics, psychiatry, pharmacotherapy and clinical pharmacy.

Our Norwegian Research Council funded project focuses on investigating the role of pharmacogenomics in studies of prenatal exposure to psychotropic medications. The work is highly innovative in research design and will have the potential for translational and policy impact for prevention, management, and treatment of mental illness during pregnancy. This project uses data from the Norwegian Mother Father and Child Cohort Study linked to several population registries in Norway.

The candidate will also be included in the PharmaTox Strategic Research Initiative at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.PharmaTox is a multidisciplinary center comprising strong research environments in pharmaceutical bioscience, biology, bioinformatics and statistics.

Additionally, there will be ample opportunities for connecting with a wider network of scientists and career development. The project manager/primary investigator is based in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the candidate will have the opportunity to gain experience internationally, either at UNC or elsewhere.

Please note: this position requires presence at work at the campus University of Oslo.

Read more here:

The PharmaSafe research group: www.mn.uio.no/farmasi/english/research/groups/pharma-safe/index.html

The PharmaTox research environment: www.mn.uio.no/farmasi/english/research/groups/pharmatox/

The University of North Carolina: https://sph.unc.edu/epid/epidemiology-research/pharmacoepidemiology-research/

Qualification requirements

Required qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in epidemology or biostatistics, or a related field with relevant training. The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants who have successfully defended their dissertation are eligible for appointment
  • Experience in the analysis of epidemiologic data
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

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

  • Experience in causal modeling, genetic epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology and/or analysis of large data sets
  • Good computational and coding skills (SAS, Stata, or R)
  • High motivation for a research career, documented primarily via original publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Personal skills

  • Productive, self-driven, and collaborative
  • Ability to work independently as well as in multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to give and receive constructive scientific criticism

We offer

  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 615 800 per year, depending on qualifications in position as Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Postdoctoral development programmes
  • Attractive 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 (summarizing previous scientific work and research interests for the future)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other professional activities)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Up to 3 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Copies of educational certificates
  • Academic transcripts from post-baccalaureate training

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.

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. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

For further information about the position, please contact Mollie Wood, e-mail: [email protected]

For questions regarding the recruitment system Jobbnorge please contact HR Adviser Therese Ringvold, , e-mail: [email protected]

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