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PhD Fellow in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Department of Community Medicine

Deadline: 20.02.2020

The position

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT is a multi-campus research univeristy in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

The Faculty of Health Sciences at UiT The Arctic University of Norway represents a newly created entity gathering almost all possible health study programs. This facilitates an unique interdisciplinarity and innovation in health education and research.

We work closely with the services in the North to solve tomorrow's challenges.

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A PhD position is available at the Department of Community Medicine, the Faculty of Health Sciences. The position is affiliated with the research group Systems Epidemiology. The research group Systems epidemiology focuses on population-based research. The main objective of the group’s research is to assess associations between lifestyles and cancer risk, but other health outcomes are also considered. The group is highly interdisciplinary with a large international network.

The position is available for commencement from 1 July 2020, and is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year, and will consist of teaching and other duties for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor(PhD) are available at the following address: PhD - Faculty of Health Sciences

The project - "Life-course socioeconomic conditions, modifiable factors, and self-reported fibromyalgia (NOWAC)"

The PhD fellow will conduct research in the field of epidemiology and biostatistics and will during the PhD write and publish three scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.

The overall aim of the project is to examine the lifestyle- and behavioral pathway from childhood socioeconomic position (CSEP) to risk of self-reported fibromyalgia in later life, using longitudinal data from the large population-based NOWAC cohort.

The objectives are:

1) To identify lifestyle predictors of fibromyalgia.

2) To assess the mediating effect of lifestyle factors on the relationship between adult socioeconomic position (SEP) and fibromyalgia.

3) To assess the mediating effect of childhood and adult lifestyle factors together with SEP on the relationship between CSEP and fibromyalgia.


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A requirement of the position is the completion of a Master’s degree in health- or social sciences, statistics or other natural sciences. Master students in the final stages are also qualified to apply, but have to document completed degree before employment.

Importance will be attached to personal suitability for the position. We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person with excellent analytical skills.

Documented knowledge of English as stated here is required.

The position requires admission to the Faculty's PhD programme. Information about requirements is available here: Regulations PhD Faculty of Health Sciences Applicants that don't speak and write Norwegian, Danish or Swedish fluently, must be willing to learn Norwegian within two years from commencement.


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Documentation on English proficiency. This website states how English profiency shall be documented.
  • References and certificates
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works

The documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via www.jobbnorge.no.

We offer

  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: Welcome to UiT!

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional abilitWe process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.

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