PhD position in parenthood and mental health

Folkehelseinstituttet FHI
PhD position in parenthood and mental health
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We have a vacant 3-year position as a PhD fellow in the project Parenthood, childlessness, and mental health in times of falling fertility (PARMENT), which is funded by the Research Council of Norway. The position will be established at the Centre for Fertility and Health, a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and hosted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The Centre for Fertility and Health researches how changes in fertility patterns and family structures affect the health of children and adults through social and biological mechanisms. The candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary and international team. The centre has a strong academic and social environment and has recently hired several postdoctoral and doctoral fellows.

Finding a partner and having children are life-changing events that are positively correlated with mental health. In the last decades, the proportion of childless individuals has increased. The potential consequences of these changes for the mental health of the population are unknown. Our overarching aim is to understand how mental health is linked with reproduction among men and women. Our specific aims are to understand: 1. How mental health leads to selection into partnership and parenthood; 2. The effects of reproduction on mental health; 3. How patterns of partner selection influence mental health (assortative mating). We will use epidemiological, econometric, and genetic methods. We will use large and detailed data sets for the entire Norwegian population and genetic data from families participating in cohort studies. The project collaborates with several national and international partners.

The right candidate will be encouraged to shape their research and to develop their own research ideas, within the topics of the project.


  • Contribute to the project and analyse research data
  • Write and publish scientific papers
  • Complete a PhD
  • Academic and popular dissemination of results
  • Contribute to the development of research at the centre and the institute
  • Collaborate with a large network of researchers


  • Masters degree, professional study, or equivalent in psychology, epidemiology, economics, medicine, or other relevant field of study with good results
  • Applicants must qualify for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Oslo
  • Good oral and written skills in English
  • Experience in using relevant statistical software such as R or STATA
  • Experience with large and complex data sets is an advantage
  • Experience with registry data, health surveys, or family studies is an advantage
  • Relevant research experience is an advantage

Personlige egenskaper

  • You are innovative, results-oriented and enterprising
  • You are interested in topics relevant to the project and the centre (social inequality, behavioural genetics, family studies, fertility, and mental health)
  • Personal suitability and good interpersonal and cooperation skills are of great importance.
  • You must be flexible and have the ability to work independently, efficiently and targeted as well as contribute to an inclusive work environment

Vi tilbyr

  • An interesting job with varied tasks in an active and pleasant research environment
  • The opportunity to work with world-class research data
  • Inclusion in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's network for doctoral fellows, with professional and social gatherings
  • The PhD candidate will be part of the large and broad research environment at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
  • A workplace that has great social responsibility and that plays an important role for the health and well-being of the population
  • 3-year temporary doctoral research position with salary by agreement, within the state's regulations
  • 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
  • Accession by appointment, after 1.8.2023

Om arbeidsgiveren

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s vision is better health for all. We produce, summarize and communicate knowledge for the public health sector and healthcare services. Our main activities are emergency preparedness, knowledge and infrastructure. Infrastructure comprises registries, health surveys, biobanks and laboratory services. The Institute is a government organization under the Ministry of Health. We have approximately 1200 employees located in Oslo and Bergen.

The Institute is committed to diversity. We urge qualified candidates to apply for a job with us, regardless gender, age, disability, ethnic or national background, or if there are periods of absence from work. 


Myrens verksted 2, 0473 Oslo
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Sist endret 30. mar. 2023 11:49

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