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Applications are invited for a three-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Health and Society as part of a larger project analyzing effects of primary and municipal care in patients with chronic diseases funded by the Research Council of Norway. The position is within a work package focusing on COPD led by Associate Professor Trond Tjerbo. Starting date is January 1st 2021.

The project will use large-scale register data covering the COPD population in Oslo and Trondheim to investigate the relationship between primary and municipal care services, multimorbidity and the outcomes employment, functioning and hospital use for COPD patients. The project group will apply various regression methods to identify patterns of multimorbidity and health care services associated with particularly poor and good outcomes: i.e. long-term use of welfare benefits or quick return to employment, poor or good functioning, and high and low use of hospital services. Data are linked at the individual level, giving complete health care and outcome histories for each patient. The project is part of a larger project, including collaboration with national and international colleagues. The successful candidate will work in a team of health care professionals, academics and statisticians.

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The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of 3 years.

The main purpose of the Postdoctoral Fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

The successful applicant will to some extent have the opportunity to define and pursue her or his own research interests within the scope of the main project.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved
  • Applicants must have the capacity for independent academic research at a high level, preferably documented through publications in international journals
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English is required. Fluency in a scandinavian language is an advantage, but not a requirement
  • Education or experience from the health sector will be an advantage
  • It is expected that the candidate has a residence in Norway during the appointment period
  • Experience in statistical programs such as STATA, SPSS or R is required
  • Experience in analyses of registries or large databases is an advantage

Personal skills

You should be highly motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to work with a diverse range of individuals and organizations.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 523 200 – 605 500 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A professional academically stimulating working environment including the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary 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

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, both bachelor and masters (academic transcripts only) and PhD diploma
  • A complete list of publications
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. International 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 the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented qualifications as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged, either in person in Oslo or via Skype.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

Questions regarding the project and position: Associate Professor Trond Tjerbo, Phone number: +47 22845362

Practical information regarding the application process: HR Advisor Susan Rockwell, E-mail:

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About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

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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