PhD Position in University of Oslo Norway

PhD Candidate in Biostatistics, Epidemiology – University of Oslo, Norway, 2022


Applications are invited for a 3-year position in a Research Fellowship as PhD Candidate in biostatistics and epidemiology to be based at Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE), Department of Biostatistics, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway – 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Candidate
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 – 534 400 NOK/Year

Institute of Basic Medical Sciences

University of Oslo (UiO), Norway


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Qualification Details

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in biostatistics or a relevant field (statistics or epidemiology with a documented knowledge in statistics beyond basic level). The Master’s degree must have a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent, and include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS. If the master’s studies are not completed at the point of application, a statement of the supervisor must be provided with an expected date for obtaining the degree. This cannot be after 1 September 2022.
  • Documented programming skills, preferably with experience in using softwares such as Stata or R
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Experience with analyses of cancer registry data or cohort studies will be an advantage

Personal skills

  • The candidate must express a genuine interest in statistical methods in an epidemiological project
  • The candidate will work in a team and excellent communication skills are required
  • The candidate is able to work independently and efficiently

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with a strong background in biostatistics, interested in statistical applications in epidemiological research. The project is a collaboration with the Cancer Registry of Norway and the Norwegian Women and Cancer Study at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. We will study the incidence and survival of uveal, acral and mucosal melanoma in the Norwegian population over a long period, and also study risk factors of uveal melanoma. The PhD candidate will contribute important insights to the research field and publish the results in international scientific journals.

The fellowship period is 3 years and devoted to carrying out the project entitled “Uveal, acral and mucosal melanoma: rare, severe and little studied cancers”.

Depending on the candidate, a 4-year position with a compulsory work load of 25% that consists of teaching and supervision duties, may be possible.

The candidate must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD programme and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The PhD programme is characterized by a strong research profile, and the PhD thesis will include scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals of highest quality.

The candidate will also be invited to participate in OCBE’s advising services for bio-medical projects at the Faculty of Medicine and the regional research hospitals (for about one week per semester), often leading to significant experiences and sometimes further co-authorships.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

  • Cover letter statement of motivation for this position and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • List of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Institute of Basic Medical Sciences overall objective is to promote basic medical knowledge in order to understand normal processes, provide insight into mechanisms that cause illness, and promote good health. The Institute is responsible for teaching in basic medical sciences for the programmes of professional study in medicine and the Master's programme in clinical nutrition. The Institute has more than 300 employees and is located in Domus Medica.

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Note or Other details

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

We offer

  • An exciting and stimulating academic environment
  • Salary NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

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Contact details

Professor: Marit B. Veierød, e-mail: [email protected]

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