Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Universitetet i Oslo
PhD Research Fellow
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Bli kjent med Universitetet i Oslo
Job description

Applications are invited for a 3 years PhD position to be based at the Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE), Department of Biostatistics, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway.

Short introduction

This is an opportunity to join one of Europe's most active biostatistics groups at an exciting time. Currently, OCBE has eight tenured professors, four tenured associate professors, fifteen tenured researchers, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students, making up a group of about 60 scientists. OCBE is internationally recognized, with interests spanning a broad range of areas (including time-to-event models, data integration, causal inference, statistical genomics, Bayesian inference, informative missingness and measurement error models, epidemiological studies of lifestyle and chronic diseases, stochastic models for infectious diseases, high dimensional data and models), and numerous collaborations with leading bio-medical research groups nationally and internationally. OCBE has a leading role in the center for research-based innovation BigInsight, it hosts the ERC Advanced Grant of Professor Corander, and several further important projects in the areas of statistical methods for biobank, health survey and registry data, of causal inference and of mathematical models for personalized cancer therapy. OCBE is responsible for the bio-statistical teaching for the professional study in medicine, for the faculty's bachelor and master programs, and for the PhD training. OCBE also provides an extensive advisory service for bio-medical and clinical researchers at the University of Oslo and the Oslo University Hospital, an existing source of data and challenges for our discipline.

More about the position

The appointment is a full-time position, and is made for a period of three years. There is the possibility of extending the fellowship period for a fourth year, with 25% work-load consisting of teaching or advising activities.

This PhD position is linked to the project ?Scalable Rank-based Bayesian Methods for Cancer Subtyping and Molecular Signature Discovery via Genomic Data Integration". Specifically, the project concerns the development of scalable Bayesian statistical methods for high-dimensional data, with a focus on applications in genomics, with the purpose of performing both variable selection and integration of heterogeneous data sources. A strong competence in methodological statistics and a good interest in programming are essential.

The research fellow must take part in the University of Oslo/Faculty of Medicine/OCBE approved PhD program, and she/he is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

Qualification requirements
  • MSc in statistics, data science, computer science, mathematics, or another field with a strong computing component (should have minimum grade B, ECTS grading scale).
  • Proficiency with programming languages (R, Matlab, Python, C++, FEniCs or others) is mandatory.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required.

The candidate must have interest in the broad area of biostatistics.

Some experience in statistical programming (ideally Monte Carlo simulation and/or numerical optimization), some knowledge of concepts in Bayesian modelling and inference, and of at least one compiled object oriented programming language, e.g. C++, is desirable. Familiarity with multitasking/parallel programming concepts, GPU and MPI programming is an advantage.

Knowledge of the Norwegian language is not required.

Personal skills
  • Ability to plan and manage tasks to a timetable, and to stick to the plan.
  • Experience in working collaboratively as a member of a team, good interpersonal skills.

We offer
  • salary 449 400 - 505 800 NOK per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow (position code 1017)
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo's family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and other relevant experiences)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a short description of the master thesis work
  • (if applicable) a complete list of publications and academic works
  • 2 reference persons (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link ?apply for this job". 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).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant's academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

Associate Professor Valeria Vitelli, email: valeria.vitelli@medisin.uio.no

Om arbeidsgiveren

The University of Oslo is Norway?s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Institute of Basic Medical Sciences overall objective is to promote basic medical knowledge in order to understand normal processes, provide insight into mechanisms that cause illness, and promote good health. The Institute is responsible for teaching in basic medical sciences for the programmes of professional study in medicine and the Master's programme in clinical nutrition. The Institute has more than 300 employees and is located in Domus Medica.

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