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Three Doctoral & Postdoctoral Positions

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Positions in Social Differences and Mental Health

We have two vacant 3-year positions in the project Reproduction of socioeconomic differences and mental health across generations (REMENTA).

The positions will be established at the Centre for Fertility and Health, a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and hosted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The scientific goal of the Centre for Fertility and Health is to greatly advance the understanding how changes in patterns of fertility and family structure influence child and adult health through social and biological pathways. As a doctoral research fellow at the centre, you will be part of an interdisciplinary and international team. The centre has a strong academic and social environment and has recently hired several postdoctoral and doctoral fellows.

Children's mental health and school performance vary greatly by social background and determines their opportunities in life. The overall goal of the project is to investigate the role of mental health in the reproduction of socioeconomic differences. The project covers topics such as the intergenerational transfer of risk, the interaction between genetics and environment, and the role of assortative mating for socioeconomic differences in mental health. We will use epidemiological and genetic methods in data from parent-child triads and extended families. We will use large and detailed data sets for the entire Norwegian population and data from approximately 100,000 families participating in the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), which includes genetic data. The project collaborates with several national and international partners, including the University of Bristol. The doctoral research fellow and postdoctor will also be part of a broad research environment at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

The right candidates will be encouraged to shape her or his research and to develop own research ideas, within the topics of the project and the centre.  

Doctoral research position

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the project and analyse research data.
  • Write and publish scientific papers.
  • Complete a PhD.
  • Academic and popular dissemination of results.
  • Contribute to the development of research at the centre and the institute.
  • Collaborate with a large network of researchers.

Qualifications

  • Masters degree, professional study, or equivalent in psychology, epidemiology, economics, medicine, statistics, social science or other relevant field of study with good results.
  • Applicants must qualify for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Oslo.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English.
  • Experience with large and complex data sets is an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of registry data, health surveys, or family studies is an advantage.
  • Experience in using relevant statistical software such as R, STATA, or SPSS is an advantage.

Postdoctoral position

Responsibilities

  • Carry out the project and analyse research data.
  • Write and publish scientific papers.
  • Academic and popular dissemination of results.
  • Contribute to the development of research at the centre and at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (contributions to funding applications, other research papers and projects).
  • Collaborate and communicate with a large network of researchers.

Qualifications

  • PhD in psychology, epidemiology, economics, medicine, statistics, social science, or other relevant field.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English.
  • Experience with organizing and analysing large and complex data sets is an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of registry data, health surveys, or family studies is an advantage.
  • Experience with molecular genetic methods, especially polygenic methods and analyses of family members, is an advantage.
  • Experience with relevant statistical software such as R or STATA is an advantage.
  • High research activity with a central role in important publications is an advantage.
  • Thematically relevant research or practical experience is an advantage.

 

Postdoctoral Fellow on Gender Differences in Education and Health

We have a vacant 3-year position as a postdoctoral fellow in the project HEALTH GAP: Health, maturation and the gender gap in education.

The position will be established at the Centre for Fertility and Health, a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and hosted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The scientific goal of the Centre for Fertility and Health is to greatly advance the understanding how changes in patterns of fertility and family structure influence child and adult health through social and biological pathways. As a postdoctoral fellow at the centre, you will be part of an interdisciplinary and international team. The centre has a strong academic and social environment and has recently hired several postdoctoral and doctoral fellows.

The overall aim of the project is to understand the health consequences of the gender differences in education. Women now take longer education than men and have better results at all levels of education. At the same time, there is a strong link between educational attainment and health. We aim to determine to what extent the gender difference in education leads to differences in health, in particular mental health. We also aim to to investigate whether differences between boys and girls in physical and mental development can explain gender the differences in school performance. We will use large and detailed datasets for the entire population of Norway and data from approximately 100,000 families participating in the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study, which includes genetic data. The project collaborates with several partners, among these the Institute for Social Research and the University of Bristol. The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a group of researchers at the Centre for Fertility and Health with interest in social inequalities in health . The postdoctoral fellow will also be part of the large and broad research environment at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

The right candidate will be encouraged to shape her or his research and to develop own research ideas, within the topics of the project and the centre.

Responsibilities

  • Carry out the project and analyse research data.
  • Write and publish scientific papers.
  • Academic and popular dissemination of results.
  • Contribute to the development of research at the centre and at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (contributions to funding applications, other research papers and projects).
  • Collaborate and communicate with a large network of researchers.

Qualifications

  • PhD in psychology, epidemiology, economics, medicine, statistics, social science, or other relevant field.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English and preferably in a Scandinavian language.
  • Experience with organizing and analysing large and complex data sets is an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of registry data, health surveys, or family studies is an advantage.
  • Experience with relevant statistical software such as R or STATA is an advantage.
  • High research activity with a central role in important publications is an advantage.
  • Thematically relevant research or practical experience is an advantage.
More information
Country: 
Norway
City: 
Oslo
Institution: 
Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)
Deadline: 
23/03/2020