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20 Oct 2017

Full-Time Postdoc – Norwegian institute of public health – Dept. Genetics and bioinformatics

Norwegian institute of public health – Posted by universitypositions Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Job Description

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s vision is “better health for all.” We produce, summarize and communicate knowledge for the public health sector and healthcare services. Our main activities are emergency preparedness, research and health analysis, risk assessment and systematic reviews, providing advice, services, communication and infrastructure for knowledge. Infrastructure for knowledge comprises registries, health surveys, biobanks and laboratory services. The Institute is a government organization under the Ministry of Health. We have approximately 1,000 employees located in Oslo and Bergen.

The Institute is an Inclusive Working Life (IA) employer and is committed to diversity. We urge qualified candidates to apply for a job with us, regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnic or national background.

LifeCycle is a large EU project that brings together European pregnancy and child cohort studies into a new EuroCHILD Cohort Network. LifeCycle will harmonize, integrate and analyze data from participating studies to identify novel markers of early life stressors influencing developmental trajectories for respiratory, cardio-metabolic and health. A secondary goal is to Identify DNA methylation markers mediating the relations of early-life stressors and these health trajectories. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health will participate in the LifeCycle project using data from the Norwegian Mother Child Cohort Study (MoBa).

We are seeking an excellent and enthusiastic post-doctoral candidate to join our LifeCycle research team. The successful candidate will work across the full range of activities necessary to maximize the contribution of MoBa data to LifeCyle research. In addition to participating in LifeCycle consortium research activities, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop and conduct research using the unique data available through MoBa.

Job description

  • Participation in LifeCycle consortium activities
  • Data preparation, harmonization and analysis
  • Authoring and co-authoring scientific manuscripts
  • Contribution to research proposal preparation and writing
  • Responsibilities associated with research administrative tasks for the use of MoBa data in the project (i.e. applications to ethics boards, data use applications)
  • Attendance at project workshops and meetings
  • Project reporting
  • Travel to project meetings in Europe


  • Doctoral degree in epidemiology, genetic epidemiology or a relevant field
  • Strong data analytical skills
  • Previous experience with large data sets
  • Excellent R coding skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, some fluency in Norwegian preferred
  • Solid experience with methylation analyses, GWAs and/or the Unix environment not required but desirable

Education field

  • Epidemiology
  • Research

Education level

  • College / University, Doctorate

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work across multiple research areas (e.g. asthma, mental health)
  • Flexible, self-motivated and goal oriented
  • Ability to work well in an international team involving scientists from diverse disciplines
  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently
  • Strong organizational and time management abilities


  • English
  • Norwegian

We offer

  • A two year position as a post-doctoral candidate in Norway, Oslo starting at the earliest convenience
  • Access to large and unique genomic and register-based datasets
  • Possibility to independently generate and explore new scientific questions within the framework of the available data
  • Opportunities to present your methods or findings at international conferences
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Ethical and respectful work environment

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected

Key info:


Ref. nr.: 1777 HD
Full or part time (%): 100%
Number of positions: 1

Contact info:

Anina Falch
Admin project coordinator
0047 21078193

Jennifer Harris
Project leader and senior researcher
0047 21078214

Search criteria:



Special field
Forskning / Utvikling


Job location:
Sandakerveien 24 C, inngang C, 0473 Oslo

How to Apply

Job Categories: Researcher/Academic. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: data analytics, epidemiology, genetics, Large data, and R coding. Salaries: Less than $100,000.

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