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Postdoctoral Fellow in Biostatistics – Healthy Choices project – UiT, Norway

UiT – University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway


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At the Department of Community Medicine a position is available for a Postdoctoral research fellow in Biostatistics. The position is affiliated with the Systems Epidemiology Research group and will be part of the RCN funded “Healthy choices and the social gradient” project, at UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: October 27, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Systems Epidemiology Research group
Department of Community Medicine
UiT - University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

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Qualification Details

For appointment as Post-doctoral research fellow, the applicant requires a Norwegian doctoral degree or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree. For this position, the candidate should have a master’s degree in statistics or other natural science, and a PhD within the field of biostatistics, bioinformatics or epidemiology. Additionally, documented fluency in English is required. The candidate must also have extensive experience with computing and programming, preferably in data analysis environments such as STATA or R.

Qualification with a PhD is required before commencement in the position. If you’re at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for doctoral degree evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. You must have dissertated before the start-up date of the position.

In the assessment the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works and the project proposal for the qualifying work. Emphasis shall also be attached to experience from popularization/dissemination and academic policy and administrative activity.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on the candidates motivation, potential for research, and personal suitability for the position.

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Responsibilities/Job Description

The “Healthy Choices” project is a five-year project which started in January 2020, where the overall objective is to provide new insight into the complex interrelationships between health-related choices, the social gradient and modifiable risk factors, as well as building actionable knowledge among the public and decision makers to reduce inequalities in health. This position is part of WP 3, a work package focused on the social and behavioral pathways that shape health over the life course and across generations. The present postdoctoral position is dedicated to the selection and application of appropriate statistical methods for the project, within the framework of generalized multilevel structural equation modelling, and joint modelling of longitudinal and event time data.

The project involves data and samples from the Norwegian Women and Cancer Study (NOWAC) and the Tromsø Study, which are both studies managed at the Department of Community Medicine, UiT. More information can be found here and here.

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Documents Required

Your application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Written references
  • Contact information to 2-3 references
  • A list of your academic production
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work.

In order to achieve a targeted use of the postdoctoral position, and to strengthen the employee’s career development, a development plan must be available no later than three months after the appointment contract is signed. The development plan must be approved by the immediate leader with personnel responsibility.

The documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via

About the Department

The Faculty of Health Sciences at UiT The Arctic University of Norway represents a newly created entity gathering almost all possible health study programs. This facilitates an unique interdisciplinarity and innovation in health education and research. We work closely with the services in the North to solve tomorrow's challenges.

About the Employer: UiT - University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

Note or Other details

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here:  International staff

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

If you recieve a personal overseas research grant from NFR it is possible to apply NFR for an extension of the fellowship period corresponding to the length of the stay abroad (minimum three months, maximum 12 months).

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Contact details

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Tonje Braaten:

Phone: +47 77 64 48 20


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