PhD Position in University of Oslo Norway

PhD Fellowship in Health science, Social science – RESPIRE project – UiO, Norway, 2022


PhD Research Fellow in Medical Ethics and/or Law is available at Centre for Medical Ethics (CME) at the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Oslo, Norway – 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 – 553 500 NOK/Year

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Health and Society (HELSAM)

University of Oslo (UiO), Norway


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Qualification Details

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in health, and/or a master’s degree in a relevant health or social science programme, as e.g., health care ethics and law.
  • Excellent knowledge of everyday and academic English is a requirement.

In the assessment of applications, emphasis will be placed on

  • The application’s compliance with the main objective of the RESPIRE project.
  • The applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for being involved in the research project,and to form part of a cross-disciplinary academic community.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The successful PhD candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary research group at CME participating in a Research Collaboration between Oslo University Hospital and the University of Oslo on the research project Responsible Explainable Machine Learning for Sleep-related Respiratory Disorders (RESPIRE).

The objective for the overarching project is to address the opportunities and risks that arise when using Machine Learning (ML) in practical health care and research. With novel low-cost health monitoring solutions and explainable ML (xML) the project aims to: (1) improve the diagnostic process of sleep-related respiratory disorders, (2) enable long-term monitoring of patients, and (3) gain new knowledge concerning these disorders and personalized treatment.

Part of the project will elaborate and establish ethical, legal, and technological guidelines and because it can be difficult to understand algorithms, an explainability framework will be elaborated to enable the systematic development and evaluation of responsible xML for sleep-related disorders.

In particular, the project will address substantial challenges, such as (1) protection and control of use of collected data, (2) false alarms, health anxiety, overdiagnosis, subsequent overtreatment, and medicalization, (3) reliability, relevance, and validity of data analysis results, and (4) challenges with explaining results obtained with modern ML.

To address these issues, we invite applicants with background in the health sciences, ethics, epistemology, and law. CME welcomes applications demonstrating the candidate’s suitability to address issues highlighted in the above-mentioned project description (Medical Ethics, Epistemology, and/or Law).

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

  • Letter of application and project description of 2-3 pages
  • Certified copies of diplomas, grade transcripts and any other testimonials
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)
  • In the event of diplomas from other countries: printouts of prospectuses or similar that describe the content and framework of the courses of study on which the application is based
  • CV that also includes an overview of any previously published academic/scientific works.

Applicants from countries outside the Nordic countries where English is not the official language must attach a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 unless they have a diploma from a university in an English-speaking country.

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 “project description” and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Incomplete applications will in normal circumstances not be assessed.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Institute of Health and Society is one of three institutes at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo. The Institute covers various disciplines and consists of six departments: General Practice, Health Sciences, Health Management and Health Economics, Medical Ethics, Community Medicine and Global Health and Nursing Science.

The Institute of Health and Society bases its work on a complex understanding of disease, health and health systems. Culture, environment, economics, society and biology play direct and indirect roles. Our teaching responsibilities include seven Master’s programs, one Bachelor program and part of the Faculty’s medical school and PhD-program. We employ about 220 FTE and have almost 700 Bachelor and Master students. Annual income is about 200 mill NOK, half of which is external funding. Our researchers play an active part of public policy and disseminate new knowledge through many channels.

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Note or Other details

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

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Contact details

Professor Bjørn Hofmann, telephone: +47 22844645, e-mail: [email protected]

Heidi Beate Bentzen, mobile: +47 95070185, e-mail: [email protected]

Helle Fritzsønn, HR Adviser (for questions regarding the electronically application); e-mail: [email protected]

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