UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus research university 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.
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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.
At the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Community Medicine, a full-time position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available for a period of three (3) years. The position is affiliated with the Systems Epidemiology Research group and will be part of the RCN funded “Healthy choices and the social gradient” project.
The position is a fixed term position for a duration of three years. Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant can carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. No person may hold more than one fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution. The position can additionally be assigned to teaching and related work for UiT in an amount equivalent to a maximum 25 % of a full-time employment. The position might be extended to four years if the candidate is involved in teaching at the department.
The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer. Unless special circumstances indicate otherwise, postdoctoral projects shall be planned with stays abroad. The duration should be at least 6 months.
If you receive a personal overseas research grant from NFR it is possible to apply NFR for an extension of the fellowship period corresponding to the length of the stay abroad (minimum three months, maximum 12 months).
“Healthy Choices and the social gradient” is a six-year project which started in January 2020, where the overall objective is to provide new insight into the complex interrelationships between health-related choices, the social gradient and modifiable risk factors, as well as building actionable knowledge among the public and decision makers to reduce inequalities in health. This position is part of WP 3, a work package focused on the social and behavioral pathways that shape health over the life course and across generations.
The project involves data and samples from the Norwegian Women and Cancer Study (NOWAC) and the Tromsø Study, which are both studies managed at the Department of Community Medicine, UiT. More information can be found here. Questions about the project and the position can be addressed to Tonje Braaten.
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The candidate should have a PhD within the field of epidemiology, biostatistics, public health or social science. Candidates who have submitted their PhD thesis for doctoral degree evaluation may also be considered. Additional relevant research experience is an advantage, but not required. The candidate must have experience with computing and programming, preferably in data analysis environments such as STATA or R.
The candidate should be proficient in spoken and written English. Skills in writing scientific publications in English is essential. Personal skills will be emphasized. We are seeking a highly motivated and responsible candidate who is able to work independently, with excellent analytical skills, great work capacity and enthusiasm for research.
In order to achieve a targeted use of the postdoctoral position, and to strengthen the employee’s career development, a development plan must be available no later than three months after the appointment contract is signed. The development plan must be approved by the immediate leader with personnel responsibility.
At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).
Inclusion and diversity
UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength, and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.
If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.
Exciting work tasks in an interdisciplinary research field
Involvement in an interesting research project
A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
Pension scheme through the state pension fund
Norwegian health policy aims to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their personal finances and where they live, has access to good health and care services of equal standard. As an employee you will become member of the National Insurance Scheme which also include health care services.
More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here.
In order to be considered for the position, your application must include:
CV containing a complete overview of education, experience, and professional work
Cover letter explaining your motivation to apply for the position, research interests, and relevant education
Contact details of three references, including the PhD supervisor
Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees)
All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.
The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee's mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants' qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description draw up for the position.
The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview should among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s motivation and personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture may also be held.
The remuneration for Postdoctoral research fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted. In addition, UiT pays directly to the pension fund on top of the salary - in 2023 this rate is 9 %. As a state employee, you have one of the best pension schemes availiable. For more information see: spk.no.
The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.
According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.