Postdoctoral position (5-year, 50%)


Forskning og utvikling

We have an exciting 50% five year position as post doc researcher available at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Oslo funded in collaboration with National Institute of Mental Health, USA. The successful applicant will work on Norwegian genotype and National Registry data including novel data from 230,000 participants (children and their parents) from the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study (MoBa).
The aim of the project is to investigate why some individuals with major depressive disorder experience more severe symptoms and outcomes than others, and to develop algorithms for identification of these individuals. Analyses will be performed with cutting-edge molecular genetics and statistical methods and findings will be put into a clinically meaningful context. The current project is part of a trans-Nordic big data collaboration including researchers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden using nation-wide registry data integrated with large-scale genetic data from biobanks.
The successful applicant will become part of an international and multidisciplinary research environment, including Professor Ole A. Andreassen at University of Oslo, Professor Patrick Sullivan (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), and Professor Thomas Werge (University of Copenhagen), in addition to US partner University of North Carolina. There will be possibilities for exchange visits to participating sites. 


  • Completed PhD in a relevant field (e.g., medicine or psychology)
  • Strong publication record, including papers in international peer-reviewed journals as leading author
  • Clinical experience with mental disorders is an advantage
  • Experience in using genetic methods (e.g., polygenic risk scoring, GWAS)
  • Statistical and quantitative analytical skills
  • Demonstrable expertise in the use of programs like plink, SPSS or R for data management and statistical analysis
  • Excellent skills in written and oral English
  • Experience with analysis of large data sets is an advantageExperience of UNIX/Linux and cluster computing is an advantage

Personlige egenskaper:

  • Self-motivated, proactive, and able to take initiative
  • Good organizational skills and attentiveness to detail
  • Ability to plan and prioritize workload
  • Track record of being able to work independently and take responsibility for project completion
  • Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with colleagues from multiple scientific disciplines 

Vi tilbyr:

  • A workplace which plays an important role in the health and well-being of the population
  • Fixed term contract for 5 years (50%). Individually negotiated salary depending on qualifications
  • An inspiring working environment with highly qualified national and international collaborators
  • Use of unique data sources such as the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study and national registries
  • Flexible working hours
  • Attractive benefits from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A wide range of company sports activities
  • Oslo’s rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities