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Research Position in Molecular Epidemiology or Bioinformatics

Offentlig forvaltning

The Research Department at the Cancer Registry of Norway has a vacancy available for a Researcher with expertise in molecular epidemiology and/or bioinformatics. Research on early detection cancer biomarkers, cancer causes and epidemiological studies to inform cancer prevention strategies is an overarching aim of our research. The position is affiliated to the Section for Molecular Epidemiology and Infections which is working on identification of biomarkers of cancer risk and early detection and conducts research using large prospective population-based biobanks and cohorts combined with epidemiological data from registries and health surveys. 

The Cancer Registry of Norway is a research institution that hosts the national cancer registry, clinical cancer registries, as well as population-based biobanks. We are part of the Oslo University Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Registry is one of the oldest in the world with complete nationwide cancer count since the 1950s. The clinical registries have extensive information on clinical and pathological aspects covering eight main cancers sites. The registry administers the national cancer screening programs for breast cancer and cervical cancer, and a screening program for colorectal cancer is currently under development. It also manages several prospective cohorts and biobanks including the large population-based Janus Serum Bank with pre-diagnostic serum samples from more than 300 000 individuals of whom more than 100 000 have developed a cancer diagnosis after sampling.  


We are looking for a candidate who is highly collaborative, ambitious and enthusiastic and who will facilitate a close collaboration between the existing epidemiological milieu in our department with the molecular and clinical research environments nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will initiate his/her own research projects as well as contribute to ongoing studies in the Research Department and across the Cancer Registry’s departments. The candidate will be expected to conduct original research using data from national registries, biobanks and health surveys to  further develop our ongoing collaboration with national and international partners in pursuing her/his research.

Personlige egenskaper:

Completed Ph.D. in molecular epidemiology or medicine, computational biology, bioinformatics or a closely related discipline.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Expertise on cancer biomarkers
  • Expertise on molecular epidemiological research methods relevant for biobank research
  • Expertise on bioinformatic analyses /analysis of omics data  
  • Ability to lead and conduct research in a collaborative environment and to supervise PhD, Postdocs and master students 
  • Experience in obtaining grant funding 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English 

Vi tilbyr:

  • A dynamic, multi-disciplinary and creative work environment with close collaboration with clinical research and bioinformatic environments at University of Oslo
  • Expertise in cancer epidemiology, cancer biomarkers, biostatistics, biobanking, registry – based research and cancer screening research   
  • Collaboration with strong national and international cancer research groups in Europe and US particularly 
  • Good welfare benefits and insurance and pension scheme in accordance with Oslo University Hospital agreements 
  • Salary to be determined depending on qualifications

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the candidate’s motivation and personal suitability. 
Personal qualifications will be assessed through interviews and references. 
If you are interested in the position, we welcome your application including a cover letter, your CV, publication list, copy of university diplomas and certificates, and contact details for at least three references, in one pdf online to the Cancer Registry of Norway. The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for position”. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language). 
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.