The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1814 and is the oldest medical faculty in Norway. The Faculty is organized into three basic units and has approximately 1,500 employees and about 2000 students.

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.

The close interrelationship between the two university hospitals characterise the Institute as an organization. A large percentage of our employees have combined positions at the university and the university hospitals.

Institute of Clinical Medicine
PhD research fellowship in Suicide Prevention Research

PhD research fellowship in Suicide Prevention Research

A three-year PhD Research Fellowship is available at the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (NSSF).

The NSSF, established in 1996, is part of the Institute of Clinical Medicine, Division of Mental Health and Addiction at the University of Oslo. The centre’s main activities are clinical and epidemiological research, education and dissemination of knowledge. The centre has an active cooperation with similar research centers internationally. The centre also operates a master program in suicide prevention, provides several types of psychotherapist training, offers courses in clinical suicidology, and operates several websites and a peer reviewed journal “Suicidologi”. The fellowship is in a project focusing on outcome of referral psychotherapies for patients with deliberate self-harm, recently funded by the Norwegian Research Council.


Job description

The position is for three years full time. The research fellow will join the research group studying suicide and deliberate self-harm with data from Norwegian population registers, and specifically work on the funded project that will utilize personal data interlinked from several Norwegian registers to assess prospective influence of referral psychotherapies on health outcome and social performance for patients with deliberate self-harm.  The candidate is expected to participate in literature searching, data analysis and result presentation, and to develop a research proposal within the scope of this project for a PhD research program.  



The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The fellow must fulfill the requirements of and take part in the PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo and is expected to complete the degree within the set fellowship period.

For more information on the PhD program, please visit;


The ideal candidate:

  • Holds an MD or a Master’s degree in Psychology, Statistics, Behavior Science or equivalent
  • Has some knowledge in clinical psychology or psychiatry
  • Has some knowledge in epidemiology, biostatistics and population study
  • Is interested in suicide research
  • Is curious, ambitious, cooperative and highly motivated for research

Candidates with experiences of analyzing data with statistical packages such as SAS, R, Stata, or SPSS will be preferred.

The candidate is expected to work efficiently both independently and as part of a team under supervision of senior researchers, and is also expected to take an active part in the daily activities at the center, depending on interests and qualifications.

A good command of English is required.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for research fellowship positions:


We offer

  • An exciting research environment with opportunities for academic development.
  • Pay Grade 50-57, from NOK 432 700 to NOK 489 300, depending on qualifications
  • Favorable pension arrangements
  • Attractive welfare arrangements


The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Up to 3 academic publications that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Letters of recommendation or names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)


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, who are invited for an interview, are asked to bring educational certificates, diploma or transcript of records.

For more information about the position and the project, contact Prof. Ping Qin at, phone (+47) 220 29 126.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results, etc.

Pursuant to section 25, subsection 2, of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be disclosed to the public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.











  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 12/03/2017
  • Expected Start Date:
  • July 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2016/15608