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Two postdoctoral positions available

We have two postdoctoral positions available at the Centre for Fertility and Health, Oslo, Norway. Application deadline: June 10, 2019


We have two postdoctoral positions available at the Centre for Fertility and Health, Oslo, Norway. Application deadline: June 10, 2019

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Two postdoc positions are available at the Centre for Fertility and Health: one 3-year position funded by the project DimJob: Social, demographic and health dimensions of technology-induced job loss and one 2-year position funded by the Centre of Excellence grant. The positions will include collaboration with the Frisch Centre at the University of Oslo and the Institute of Social Research (ISF). The Centre has also established extensive collaborations with other national and international research groups. As a postdoc 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. Some traveling should be expected, and there are possibilities for research visits abroad during the postdoc period.

The 3-year position will be focused on studying the the social, demographic and health dimensions of robotisation in the labor market. Rapid technological progress has the potential to displace an increasing number of occupations. The social, demographic and health dimensions and its consequences are largely unknown and have been given insufficient attention when considering the implications of technology induced job loss. We study this by assessing Norwegian population registries data on occupation, education, cognitive test performance, personality, coping, health, intergenerational relations, physiological and mental health trajectories. We study how these factors relate to how individuals respond in terms of social and health outcomes, including quality of life, re-employment, disease incidence, training and demographic outcomes (e.g., partnership stability, childbearing). This endeavour can help to better prepare for and identify contexts and policies that mitigate adverse social and health effects of technology induced job loss. We will focus on attaining three major aims: i) How the risk of technology induced displacement differs by age, gender, and individual-level factors – and how aggregated risk is distributed across regions, households and family constellations. ii) The extent to which factors predicting risk of job loss also predict individual response to and consequences from job loss. iii) How parental job displacement affects health and social outcomes among children.

The project plan for the 2-year position will be developed togheter with the candidate. The overall theme for the project will be within at least one of the research themes of the Centre. The candidate will utilise new methods and unique data that our research centre has to shed light on new insights about fertility choices and health. Examples may be how changes in economic conditions, attitudes and family constellations can affect health risk behaviors or health outcomes. Data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) will be central in the project.


  • Contribute actively in the drafting of the postdoc project plan.
  • Take an active part in quality control, maintenance, analysis and storage of data generated through the
  • Publish own results in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Present results at meetings and conferences.
  • Collaborate and communicate with a large network of researchers.


  • PhD in economics, demography, statistics, epidemiology social sciences or other relevant fields.
  • Good oral and written presentation skills in English and preferably in a Scandinavian language.
  • Experience with data processing and statistics, as well as analysis of large data sets is an advantage.
  • Experience with relevant statistics programs such as R or STATA is an advantage.
  • Relevant research experience is an advantage.

Personal characteristics

  • You are results-oriented and targeted.
  • You have the ability to work independently.
  • You are innovative and flexible.
  • You have great working capacity and good teamwork skills.

We offer

  • An interesting job in a friendly and active research Centre.
  • A workplace that has a major social responsibility and plays an important role in the health and wellbeing of the population.
  • A position as postdoc. Salary by agreement, within the state's wage regulation.
  • Flexible working time.
  • Good welfare schemes.

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