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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biostatistics at University of Oslo in Norway, 2016

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biostatistics at University of Oslo in Norway, 2016
Three postdoc positions, each for a period of three years, are available at the Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE), Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo. The Institute of Basic Medical Sciences consists of departments and units that pursue research and education within basic medical science. The institute has approximately 320 employees and is located in the Domus Medica.
This is an opportunity to join one of Europe’s most active biostatistics groups at an exciting time. Currently, OCBE includes nine tenured professors and associate professors, twelve researchers, and several post-doctoral fellows and PhD students, making up a group of about 50. OCBE is internationally recognized, with interests spanning a broad range of areas (including time-to-event models, data integration, causal inference, statistical genomics, Bayesian inference, informative missingness and measurement error models, epidemiological studies of lifestyle and chronic diseases, stochastic models for infectious diseases, high dimensional data and models) and numerous collaborations with leading bio-medical research groups nationally and internationally.
The postdoc positions are funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the project “National training initiative to make better use of biobanks and health registry data – Statistical methods for biobanks and registries” (Principal investigator Professor Magne Thoresen), and the general purpose of the project is to develop new statistical methodology for the analysis of biobanks and health registries. The project is a collaboration between the University of Oslo, the University of Tromsø and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and successful candidates will have some training components jointly with postdoctoral fellows at the other universities.
Two positions are in a project on high-dimensional data integration, developing methods for integration of different sources or layers of high-dimensional genomic information, in addition to other sources of structured data. For these two positions we are looking for candidates with a strong mathematical / statistical background. We particularly welcome candidates who have some experience with genomics. Primary responsible for these positions are Professors Magne Thoresen and Arnoldo Frigessi.
One position is in a project on causal inference and cancer epidemiology. The purpose of this project is to develop and implement methods for causal mediation analysis to study pathways through DNA methylation from various exposures to disease. Also here we are looking for candidates with a strong methodological background and preferably with some applied experience. Primary responsible for this position are Researcher Jon Michael Gran and Professor Marit Veierød.
All three candidates will be working on data from the Norwegian Women and Cancer study (NOWAC), a large cohort study that has been running for about 25 years (http://site.uit.no/nowac/).
In your application, please indicate which of the positions you are applying for.
For more information, please refer to the regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment as post-doctoral research fellow: link.
Qualifications and Personal Skills:
Candidates must have a PhD in statistics/mathematics or related field equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree. Successful candidates must have submitted their doctoral thesis prior to the application closing date.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates with an outstanding potential and a strong mathematical / statistical background and you will have conducted methodological research in statistics. Proven experience in programming is required. The ideal candidates are able to work effectively as part of a team, but also to develop and pursue independent ideas. The successful candidates are expected to conduct innovative research at the highest international level.
All fellowships are expected to start after summer 2016, but the starting date can be negotiated.We offer

  • Salary ranging from pay grade: 57 – 62 (NOK 483 700– 529 800)
  • Stimulating and attractive work environment
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits

The application must include:

  • A one-page text describing current research interests and potential contributions to the planned project.
  • CV summarizing education, positions held, details of  academic work, pedagogical and administrative experience and other qualifying activities
  • List of publications
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcripts of records
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees stating relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number

The application with attachments is to be delivered in our electronic recruiting system EasyCruit. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.
In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the project within the given timeframe.
Applicants may be called in for an interview.

In accordance with the University of Oslo´s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.
The University of Oslo has an agreement regarding acquisition of rights to work results for all employees, with the aim to secure rights to research results, etc.
According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

  • Application deadline:
  • 30/04/2016
  • Contacts:
  • Professor Magne Thoresen
    Telephone: +47 22851305
    Mobile: +47 934 19 332

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