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Vacant position at the Centre for Fertility and Health

Postdoctoral fellow on gender differences in education and health


We have a vacant 3-year position as a postdoctoral fellow in the project HEALTH GAP: Health, maturation and the gender gap in education.

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We have a vacant 3-year position as a postdoctoral fellow in the project HEALTH GAP: Health, maturation and the gender gap in education.

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Application deadline: March 23, 2020.

The position 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 postdoctoral 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.

The overall aim of the project is to understand the health consequences of the gender differences in education. Women now take longer education than men and have better results at all levels of education. At the same time, there is a strong link between educational attainment and health. We aim to determine to what extent the gender difference in education leads to differences in health, in particular mental health. We also aim to to investigate whether differences between boys and girls in physical and mental development can explain gender the differences in school performance. We will use large and detailed datasets for the entire population of Norway and data from approximately 100,000 families participating in the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study, which includes genetic data. The project collaborates with several partners, among these the Institute for Social Research and the University of Bristol. The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a group of researchers at the Centre for Fertility and Health with interest in social inequalities in health . The postdoctoral fellow will also be part of the large and broad research environment at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

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


  • 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.


  • PhD in psychology, epidemiology, economics, medicine, statistics, social science, or other relevant field.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English and preferably in a Scandinavian language.
  • 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 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 (gender differences, education, social inequality, family studies, fertility, and 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.

The Centre for Fertility and Health is a Centre of Excellence (SFF) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.