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PhD Research fellow in Nutritional Epidemiology

Deadline: 05.05.2019

Job description

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 Basic Medical Sciences overall objective is to promote basic medical knowledge in order to understand normal processes, provide insight into mechanisms that cause illness, and promote good health. The Institute is responsible for teaching in basic medical sciences for the programmes of professional study in medicine and the Master's programme in clinical nutrition. The Institute has more than 300 employees and is located in Domus Medica.

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Applications are invited for a 3- 4 year position in a Research Fellowship as a PhD Candidate in Nutritional Epidemiology to be based at the Department of Nutrition, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo.

The project is aimed at elucidating to what extent diet, dietary factors and dietary changes through time influence the development of frailty in elderly persons in Norway. Frailty is a multidimensional geriatric syndrome. The risk factors involved in initiation and progression of the frailty syndrome is poorly understood. Diet is one of the most important modifiable determinants of health and suggested to impact frailty outcome. The project will use data from The Tromsø Study, a longitudinal study initiated in 1974, and include data on diet and dietary changes over time to investigate the associations between frailty and diet.

More about the position

The Division of Nutritional Epidemiology, at the Department of Nutrition, conducts research within three main areas; dietary research, nutritional epidemiology and public health nutrition. The division’s research environment is active and productive and the successful candidate will be working in close collaboration with the researchers at the division. The project entitled “Diet and dietary factors as predictors for frailty among elderly people” is located within the research group Dietary Research and Nutritional Epidemiology; main supervisor is Associate Professor Monica H. Carlsen. Included in the project group are also researchers from the UiT, the Arctic University of Norway. The project will focus on dietary intakes as predictors of frailty and investigate this using longitudinal data identifying dietary patterns and dietary changes over time.

The fellowship period is 3 years, with the possibility of a fourth year that requires compulsory 25% teaching duties distributed over the fellowship period. The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The applicant must, in collaboration with the supervisors, within 2 months after employment, have worked out a complete project description to be attached to the application for admission to the doctoral program.

Qualification requirements

We seek a highly motivated, creative and energetic candidate that is expected to take active part in the research cooperation within the project.

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (equivalent to Norwegian master degrees) in nutrition, epidemiology, public health or other related quantitative fields. Minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience with epidemiological and statistical analyses
  • Have an interest in nutritional epidemiology
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and preferably a Scandinavian language

Personal skills

  • High working capacity
  • Strong dedication and motivation to carry out the project
  • Ability to work independently
  • Be structured and responsible
  • Good communication and social skills
  • Good collaboration skills

In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal abilities of the candidate to complete the project within the given time-frame. Experience from previous research, in particular nutritional and / or epidemiological research will be emphasized.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 449400 – 497000 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • 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 and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • A complete list of publications and academic works
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be submitted in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. 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).

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

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.

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

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