Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Senior Researcher and Postdoc Position at the Center for Fertility and Health

Posted: 4/9/2018 (Employment)

We have two open vacancies as Senior Researcher and Postdoctor at the Center for Fertility and Health, funded through the Norwegian Research Council’s Center of Excellence scheme (SFF). The center was established in 2017.

The positions are linked to the Health-GAP project: Health, maturation and gender differences in education funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The overall objective of the project is to understand the health consequences of inequalities in higher education for men and women. We want to determine the extent to which gender differences in education lead to inequality in health, especially mental health. The second goal is to find out if the difference in time of physical maturation between boys and girls is a significant explanation for gender differences in education.

As a researcher in the center you will be part of an interdisciplinary and international research team consisting of, among others, epidemiologists, genetics, demographers, economists, social scientists and statisticians. We research how changes in fertility patterns and family structures affect both the health of children and adults through social and biological mechanisms.

Job description

  • Be responsible for carrying out the project, conducting analyzes and facilitating and guiding other researchers / fellows.
  • Contribute to further development of research in education and health and in the center in general by using large datasets from registers and health surveys.
  • Build national and international cooperation with relevant research communities.
  • Apply for external funding for research at the center. It is expected that the researcher will apply for funding from national and international funding bodies.
  • Dissemination of results in various forums, including popular science dissemination.
  • Write scientific articles.
  • Contribute to developing research at the institute as a whole, through the Center’s activities (other applications, articles and projects).

Qualifications

  • Education at doctoral level in epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, economics, social sciences, public health or other relevant subjects.
  • Experience with epidemiological and statistical methods.
  • Experience with organizing and analyzing large and complex datasets.
  • Experience and ability to develop international cooperation is important.
  • Experience with using statistical programs like STATA, R, SPSS is an advantage.
  • High research activity and concrete results are an advantage.
  • Experience in publishing in highly rated international peer-reviewed journals is an advantage.
  • A good knowledge of Norwegian data (health data and other data sources) is beneficial.

Personal qualities

  • Performance-oriented and goal oriented
  • Ability to work independently
  • Innovative and flexible
  • Large working capacity and good cooperative skills

We offer

  • A workplace that has a major social responsibility and which plays an important role in the health and well-being of the population.
  • A permanent position as a researcher or a 3-year temporary position as postdoctor.
  • Wage by appointment within the government’s regulations.
  • Pension scheme in the Government Pension Fund.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Good welfare schemes.

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Deadline: 04/15/2018

Location: Norwegian Institute of Public Health