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Available position as Postdoctoral fellow in infertility and cardiovascular health

We have a 3-year position postdoc position available working the INFERTILITY project funded by the European Research Council (ERC): Understanding the causal nature of the relationship between infertility and cardiovascular disease.

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We have a 3-year position postdoc position available working the INFERTILITY project funded by the European Research Council (ERC): Understanding the causal nature of the relationship between infertility and cardiovascular disease.


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About the position

At the Centre for Fertility and Health, we have a 3-year position postdoc position available working on the INFERTILITY project funded by the European Research Council (ERC): Understanding the causal nature of the relationship between infertility and cardiovascular disease. As a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre you will be part of a multidisciplinary research team consisting of epidemiologists, geneticists, demographers, and other social scientists from Norway and abroad. The Centre has extensive collaborations with national and international research groups.

The INFERTILITY project sets out to understand the complex relationship between infertility and cardiovascular diseases. We will first evaluate whether both men and women who are infertile have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. To evaluate the direction of the relationship, we will also examine whether classic risk factors for cardiovascular disease (overweight, smoking, high blood pressure, etc.) influences the risk of infertility. This will highlight whether infertility might simply be a marker of a poorer underlying cardiometabolic health present before being diagnosed with fertility problems. We will also evaluate whether pregnancy complications and the use of assisted reproductive technologies might explain any increased risk of cardiovascular disease among infertile women. The project will use readily collected data from large population-based cohorts and the national health registries, including the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) and the Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT). The project will use genotype data both to conduct genetic association studies and to use genetic variants as instrumental variables in Mendelian randomization analyses.

The candidate who takes up the position will focus on the part of the research project which uses the national health registries, and will therefore obtain experience in using several of the large scale registries, such as the birth registry, the patient registry, and the prescription database. This will for example entail using information from these health registries to examine the association between the number of cycles with assisted reproductive technologies and risk of cardiovascular disease among women.  

Tasks

  • Conduct statistical analyses of population-based data according to the description of the INFERTILITY grant.
  • Write and publish scientific papers.
  • Communicate results also in a popular scientific way to the general public.
  • Contribute to develop research at the Centre and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in general (contribute to writing further applications for funding and to ongoing research in other projects).
  • Collaborate and communicate with a larger network of researchers.

Qualifications

  • PhD within medicine, biostatistics or epidemiology.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and preferably also in a Scandinavian language.
  • Experience with organizing and analysing big complex datasets is an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of registry data, population-based cohort studies or genetic studies is an advantage.
  • Experience with using statistical software such as R or STATA is an advantage.
  • High productivity with a central role in important publications is an advantage.
  • Previous relevant research experience or practical clinical experience is an advantage.

Personality traits

  • You should be innovative, take initiative and be results oriented. 
  • Have an interest in topics relevant to the project and the Centre (such as cardiovascular disease, genetic, and fertility).
  • Personal suitability will be considered.
  • The successful candidate should be flexible and able to work independently, efficiently and goal oriented and contribute to an inclusive working environment. 

We offer

  • An interesting job with varied tasks in an active and engaging research environment.
  • The opportunity to work on population-based data sets and with researchers that are world-class.
  • The opportunity for professional advancement and development of an independent research profile.
  • An employer with a great societal responsibility who plays an important role in the health and welfare of the Norwegian population.
  • A three-year temporary position as a postdoc. Salary by agreement, within the state's wage regulation.
  • Good welfare schemes.
  • Flexible working times.
  • The start date will be decided together with the candidate.