PhD position in statistical methods
We have a vacant 3-year position as a doctoral research fellow in the Centre for Fertility and Health. As a doctoral research fellow in the centre, you will be part of an interdisciplinary and international team consisting of researchers in medicine, epidemiology, genetics, bioinformatics, demography and statistics. The Centre for Fertility and Health is a Centre of Excellence financed by the Research Council of Norway. The centre was establishes at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in 2017. The scientific goal of the centre is to understand how changes in patterns of fertility and family structure influence child and adult health through social and biological pathways. The Centre currently has around 40 affiliated team members, and will continue to grow in the coming years as new research funding is secured. We have established extensive collaborations with international researchers and teams.
We are looking for a candidate who is motivated to delve into statistical methods and development of methods to study big and complex data files, especially in genetics. The right candidate will work with genetic data, particularly with combinations of GWAS data (Genome-wide association studies) and EWAS methylation data (Epigenome-wide association studies) in family triads. We will use internationally renowned data sources, such as data from around 100 000 families in the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). The unique START-study (led by Siri Håberg) will also be central, with the possibility to study the effect of assisted reproductive technologies on DNA methylation patterns in children. Few statistical methods for integrated analysis of GWAS and EWAS data exist, and the development of such methods will be an integral part of the candidates work.
The right candidate will be part of a large and broad research team at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and will be encouraged to shape her or his research and to develop own research ideas, within the topics of the project and the centre.