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Vacant positions at the Centre for Fertility and Health

Doctoral and postdoctoral positions in social differences and mental health

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We have two vacant 3-year positions in the project Reproduction of socioeconomic differences and mental health across generations (REMENTA).

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We have two vacant 3-year positions in the project Reproduction of socioeconomic differences and mental health across generations (REMENTA).


Apply for doctoral research fellowship

Apply for postdoctoral position

Application deadline: March 23, 2020

The positions will be established at the Centre for Fertility and Health, a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and hosted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The scientific goal of the Centre for Fertility and Health is to greatly advance the understanding how changes in patterns of fertility and family structure influence child and adult health through social and biological pathways. As a doctoral research fellow at the centre, you will be part of an interdisciplinary and international team. The centre has a strong academic and social environment and has recently hired several postdoctoral and doctoral fellows.

Children's mental health and school performance vary greatly by social background and determines their opportunities in life. The overall goal of the project is to investigate the role of mental health in the reproduction of socioeconomic differences. The project covers topics such as the intergenerational transfer of risk, the interaction between genetics and environment, and the role of assortative mating for socioeconomic differences in mental health. We will use epidemiological and genetic methods in data from parent-child triads and extended families. We will use large and detailed data sets for the entire Norwegian population and data from approximately 100,000 families participating in the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), which includes genetic data. The project collaborates with several national and international partners, including the University of Bristol. The doctoral research fellow and postdoctor will also be part of a broad research environment at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

The right candidates will be encouraged to shape her or his research and to develop own research ideas, within the topics of the project and the centre.  

Doctoral research position

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the project and analyse research data.
  • Write and publish scientific papers.
  • Complete a PhD.
  • Academic and popular dissemination of results.
  • Contribute to the development of research at the centre and the institute.
  • Collaborate with a large network of researchers.

Qualifications

  • Masters degree, professional study, or equivalent in psychology, epidemiology, economics, medicine, statistics, social science or other relevant field of study with good results.
  • Applicants must qualify for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Oslo.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English.
  • Experience with large and complex data sets is an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of registry data, health surveys, or family studies is an advantage.
  • Experience in using relevant statistical software such as R, STATA, or SPSS is an advantage.

Personal characteristics

  • You are innovative, results-oriented and enterprising.
  • You are interested in topics relevant to the project and the centre (social inequality, behavioural genetics, family studies, fertility, and mental health).
  • Personal suitability and good interpersonal and cooperation skills are of great importance.
  • You must be flexible and have the ability to work independently, efficiently and targeted as well as contribute to an inclusive work environment.

We offer

  • An interesting job with varied tasks in an active and pleasant research environment.
  • The opportunity to work with world-class research data.
  • Inclusion in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's network for doctoral fellows, with professional and social gatherings.
  • A workplace that has great social responsibility and that plays an important role for the health and well-being of the population.
  • 3-year temporary position as doctoral research fellow with salary by agreement, within the state's regulations.
  • Pension scheme in the Government Pension Fund.
  • Flexible working hours and good welfare schemes, such as exercise during working hours.
  • Accession by appointment.

Postdoctoral position

Responsibilities

  • Carry out the project and analyse research data.
  • Write and publish scientific papers.
  • Academic and popular dissemination of results.
  • Contribute to the development of research at the centre and at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (contributions to funding applications, other research papers and projects).
  • Collaborate and communicate with a large network of researchers.

Qualifications

  • PhD in psychology, epidemiology, economics, medicine, statistics, social science, or other relevant field.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English.
  • Experience with organizing and analysing large and complex data sets is an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of registry data, health surveys, or family studies is an advantage.
  • Experience with molecular genetic methods, especially polygenic methods and analyses of family members, is an advantage.
  • Experience with relevant statistical software such as R or STATA is an advantage.
  • High research activity with a central role in important publications is an advantage.
  • Thematically relevant research or practical experience is an advantage.

Personal characteristics

  • You are innovative, results-oriented and enterprising.
  • You are interested in topics relevant to the project and the centre (social inequality, behavioural genetics, family studies, fertility, and mental health).
  • Personal suitability and good interpersonal and cooperation skills are of great importance.
  • You must be flexible and have the ability to work independently, efficiently and targeted as well as contribute to an inclusive work environment.

We offer

  • An interesting job with varied tasks in an active and pleasant research environment.
  • The opportunity to work with world-class research data.
  • Professional development, development of own research and inclusion in the professional environments at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
  • A workplace that has great  social responsibility and that plays an important role for the health and well-being of the population.
  • 3-year temporary position as postdoctoral fellow with salary by agreement, within the state's regulations.
  • Pension scheme in the Government Pension Fund.
  • Flexible working hours and good welfare schemes, such as exercise during working hours
  • Accession by appointment.
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The Centre for Fertility and Health is a Centre of Excellence (SFF) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.