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
Post-doctoral research fellowship in biostatistics

Second announcement

One postdoc position for a period of three years is available at the Institute of Clinical Medicine.

The postdoc position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the project “National training initiative to make better use of biobanks and health registry data - #248817” with the overall aim to build expertise in biostatistics in order to utilize the potential that opens up as extensive genetic information becomes available for research within population-based cohorts.

An important part of the project is to establish a structured training and interdisciplinary forum for researchers in biostatistics and bioinformatics.  In total six postdoctoral fellows included in this project will be mentored and trained at the multidisciplinary interface of applied and methodologically driven biostatistics and bioinformatics to meet the increasing complexity of the new era of precision medicine. This effort will be coordinated by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in close collaboration with the Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE), Department of Biostatistics and Institute Clinical Medicine at the University of Oslo (UIO) and the University of Tromsø (UIT). 

The proposed project takes advantage of very large datasets and our combined national and international collaborations, to train competent researchers to handle this challenge. The hosting research group at OUS/UIO has for a long time worked on data from population-based studies, in particular the HUNT and Tromsø studies, with an emphasis on pain and neurological diseases including migraine. In later years, much of this research has been focused towards genetic studies, and the current project will extend our ongoing collaboration with researchers within UIO, NTNU and UiT, as well as international expertise within neurogenetics.


Job Description

The post-doctoral fellow will focus on characterizing genotype-phenotype mapping in neurological traits, polygenetic effects, develop and apply statistical and machine learning methods for the analyses of high dimensional big and complex data. The candidate will participate in the jointly training of the other post-doctoral fellows in this project.

The post-doctoral fellow will work at the Neurogenetic research unit at Domus Medica, under supervision of professor John-Anker Zwart in close collaboration with participating partners.

The fellowship period is three years. No one can be appointed as a post-doctoral fellow for more than one specified period at the same institution. The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines. 

For more information, please refer to the regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident.


Qualifications and Personal Skills:

Candidates must have a PhD in a related field equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree. Successful candidates must have defended their doctoralthesis prior to starting in this job.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with an outstanding potential, experience in epidemiology and population genetics. The ideal candidate is able to work effectively as part of a team, but also to develop and pursue independent ideas. The successful candidate is expected to conduct innovative research at the highest international level.

Personal aptitude and good collaborative skills will be emphasized.


We offer

  • Position code 1352, NOK 486 100– 535 800, (pay Grade 57-62)
  • Stimulating and attractive work environment
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits
  • Workout during hours (1,5 hours per week)


The application must include:

  • A one-page text describing current research interests and potential contributions to the planned project.
  • CV summarizing education, positions held, details of academic work, pedagogical and administrative experience and other qualifying activities
  • List of publications
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcripts of records
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees stating relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number


The application with attachments is to be delivered in our electronic recruiting system Easycruit.


The applications with the required attachments should preferably constitute as few files as possible, preferably 1-2 PDF-files.


Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.


In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the project within the given timeframe.


Applicants may be called in for an interview.


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 agreement regarding acquisition of rights to work results for all employees, with the aim to secure rights to research results, etc.


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.


Guidelines for appointments to post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Oslo may be obtained at .









  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Fixed Term Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 28.02.2017
  • Expected Start Date:
  • by agreement
  • Location:
  • Department of Neurology
  • Reference number:
  • 2016/9982