PhD Candidate – PROMENTA (Oslo, Norway)

Applications are invited for a 3-4 year position as PhD fellow in psychology in “Genetic and environmental factors in wellbeing and mental health”, at the PROMENTA Research Center, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo.

The PhD fellow will collaborate with colleagues at PROMENTA, and internationally, to examine the role of genetic and environmental factors in wellbeing and mental health. The PhD project will aim to examine a) causal factors and processes in wellbeing, b) the genetic and environmental underlying structure of the broader wellbeing spectrum, and c) gene-environment interplay in wellbeing and mental health. Methodologically, the project will be based on longitudinal twin studies and molecular genetic studies, with data from the Norwegian Twin Registry and the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). The MoBa is a unique pregnancy cohort comprising genetic and phenotypic data from 250 000 individuals nested in family trios.

The study will offer opportunities to develop high-quality research competence, to work with leading experts in the field, and potentially conduct a visiting research arrangement abroad. The candidate is expected to develop strong skills in advanced statistical methods and finalize a PhD dissertation within the period. The project is led by professor Espen Røysamb in collaboration with other PROMENTA researchers.

More about the position

The fellowship is for a period of three years. A 4th year can be considered with the addition of 25 % teaching requirement, depending on the competence of the applicant and the needs of the department.

The research fellow must take part in the Department’s approved PhD program and 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.

PROMENTA is a newly established interdisciplinary research center aiming to provide answers to three central questions in mental health, well-being, and drug use research: What processes lead to poor and good mental health, and how? How do social and geographic inequalities in mental health arise? How can we develop, tailor, and evaluate effective interventions in communities to promote good mental health? To address these questions, we examine sources of mental health on a variety of levels, such as genetic risk, neurocognitive development, the psychosocial environment, and the socio-cultural and political context. The center is financed by the Research Council of Norway and contributions from the Department of Psychology, the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and other participating partners. For more information about PROMENTA, please visit www.promenta.no.

Follow this link to apply: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/170065/phd-candidate-genetic-and-environmental-factors-in-wellbeing-and-mental-health