PhD Candidate in Epidemiology/Public Health 177 views

Job Description

One PhD position is available for 3 years in the Public Health Nutrition group at the Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo.

The PhD candidate (Research Fellow) will work on a project recently funded by the Norwegian Research Council titled “Tackling socioeconomic differences in weight development among youth: assessing trends, mechanisms and potential interventions”.

The PhD candidate will work on data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Birth Cohort Study and will be involved in research aimed at assessing the development of body weight between birth and adolescence, exploring related socioeconomic differences, as well as identifying mediators of socioeconomic differences in weight development. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of and experience with quantitative data analysis.

The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with members of the research group in Public Health Nutrition and with two other PHD students that will be recruited in the project. There will also be a possibility for an overseas research stay at the Department of Epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The objective of a research fellowship is completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Candidates must have completed higher education equivalent to a Norwegian master degree and be granted admission to the Faculty’s PhD program. The grade requirement is an average grade of no less than grade B on subjects at master’s level and on master thesis. Subjects on bachelor’s level should be no less than grade C. The fellowship period is 3 years devoted to research training.  The research fellow is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a master degree (equivalent to Norwegian master degrees) in Epidemiology, Statistics, Public Health or other related quantitative fields.  Minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS
  • Applicants must have a strong background in quantitative research methodology
  • Applicants must have a good knowledge of one or more statistical analysis software such as SPSS, SAS, STATA
  • Excellent command of written and oral English
  • Applicant must be granted admission to the Faculty’s PhD program

Desirable qualifications

  • Previous experience of research on overweight/obesity and/or lifestyle behaviors
  • Previous research experience including experience as a research assistant
  • Previous experience with peer-reviewed publication
  • Previous experience working with large datasets
  • Very good collaborative skills

We offer

  • Salary ranging from pay grade: 50 – 57 (NOK 436 900 – 490 900)
  • Stimulating and attractive work environment
  • 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

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter (including a summary of the applicant’s scientific work and interests and describing how she/he fits the description of the person we seek)
  • CV ( education since high school (place, grade), positions held  and details of  academic work)
  • List of publications, published abstracts, presentations
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcripts of records
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone 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).

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.

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