Applications are invited for a 3 year position in a Research Fellowship as a PhD Candidate in (Genetic epidemiology)

Applications are invited for a 3 year position in a Research Fellowship as a PhD Candidate in (Genetic epidemiology) to be based at the Institute of Clinical Medicine, Division of Medicine at the University of Oslo.

We are seeking a PhD candidate to join our research team in this exciting project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The position is affiliated with the Institute of Clinical Medicine, Division of Medicine at the University of Oslo, but your daily work place will be at Oslo University Hospital, Aker. The research group has conducted work within genetic epidemiology, focusing on pregnancy related exposures and outcomes.  

More about the position

The project will involve working on three well-defined projects in the area of genetic epidemiology funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Depending on the student’s level of experience and aptitude, they will help develop and/or apply statistical genetics approaches to investigate the possible existence of transgenerational epigenetic effects on human phenotypes.

Whilst the PhD student will have their primary workplace at the University of Oslo, there is funding available for a one-year research stay at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia working in world renowned Professor David Evans’ laboratory.

A PhD is about learning new skills and learning how to do research. Our ideal candidate will have knowledge or keen interest in learning genetics, epidemiology, statistics, unix and shell scripting, and statistical software such as R.

You will work closely with an experienced researcher and a postdoctoral fellow on the project. The position is over a three-year period. The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

For more information, please see our web site : How to apply for admission to the PhD programme – Faculty of Medicine (

Qualification requirements

  • MD or MSc (or equivalent) in relevant topic such as:
  • Epidemiology, statistics, genetics, mathematics, computer science, bioinformatics, econometrics, psychology, molecular biology and physics.
  • Ability to design, plan, and execute experiments
  • The advertised projects are fundamentally quantitative and computer-based, and so evidence of aptitude in these areas is essential.
  • Experience with statistical software, such as R
  • Proficient in English, both written and oral

For applicants who have yet to receive their Master’s degree, the Master’s thesis must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline. Such applicants should note the date of submission of their Master’s degree in the cover letter. Appointment is dependent on the master thesis being approved. The candidate will admit to the PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine (see How to apply for admission to the PhD programme – Faculty of Medicine ( for requirements).

Personal skills

  • Excellent communication and team working skills
  • Organized and structured
  • Flexible
  • Enthusiastic and willing to learn new methods and techniques

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • A professionally stimulating working 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 interest organization for PhD and postdoctoral fellows Home – UiODoc

How to apply

The application must include

  • cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • documentation of english proficiency
  • any research publications that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • 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, 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).

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

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

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship 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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

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

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

Postdoktor Gunn-Helen Øiseth Moen,

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 Clinical Medicine (Klinmed) is one of three institutes under the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty’s educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university’s largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas.

For more information: Division of Medicine – Institute of Clinical Medicine (

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