Researcher on genetic factors for mental disorders


Forskning og utvikling

We have an exciting position as researcher available at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Oslo funded through the Research Council of Norway on the project “Intergenerational Transmission of risk for common mental disorders" with a duration of 16 months with the possibility of extension. The successful applicant will work on novel data from more than 100,000 children and their parents from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), including genomic data, longitudinal questionnaire data from pregnancy onwards, and National registry data. The focus of the project is on the role of genetic and environmental risk factors in intergenerational transmission of risk for common mental disorders and personality traits. We will also examine associations between genetic risk factors and a number of environmental exposures, and the interplay between genetic and environmental risk factors.

The successful applicant will become part of an international and multidisciplinary research environment. The project is led by Professor Eivind Ystrøm and his research group at the Department of mental disorders at the NIPH in collaboration with PROMENTA research center at the University of Oslo, and King’s College London.


  • Completed PhD in a relevant field (e.g., epidemiology, genetics, psychology, statistics, or medicine). Strong publication record, including in international peer-reviewed journals as first author
  • Experience in using genetic epidemiological methods (e.g., polygenic risk scoring, linkage disequilibrium score regression, GCTA, GWAS, genomic SEM)
  • Computing skills in R, Structural Equation Modelling, Genome-Wide Complex Trait Analysis, LD Score Regression, or Polygenic Risk Score Software
  • Excellent English skills, orally and in writing are required
  • Personal suitability, motivation and willingness to collaborate with academics from diverse backgrounds.

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 professionally stimulating and inter-disciplinary working environment
  • Position as postdoctoral research fellow
  • Salary by agreement, within the state's regulations.
  • Opportunities for extensive collaboration with our international and national collaborators
  • Favourable pension and social welfare benefits
  • Flexible working arrangements