Post-doc, Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Oslo, Norway)

Postdoctoral fellow in mental health, social differences, and genetics. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has a vacant 3-year position as postdoctoral fellow in the project Reproduction of socioeconomic differences and mental health across generations (REMENTA), which is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Children’s mental health and school performance vary greatly by social background and determines their opportunities in life. The overall goal of the project is to investigate the role of mental health in the reproduction of socioeconomic differences. The project investigates transmission of risk across generations, interactions between genetics and environment, and the role of assortative mating. We will use epidemiological and genetic methods in data from parent-child triads and extended families. We will use large and detailed data sets for the entire Norwegian population and data from approximately 100,000 families participating in the Norwegian mother, father and child survey, which includes genetic data. The project collaborates with several national and international partners.

The position will be established at the Centre for Fertility and Health, a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and located at 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 centre has a strong academic and social environment. The right candidate will have freedom to shape their research and to develop their own research ideas, within the topics of the project and the centre.

As a postdoctoral fellow at the centre, you will be part of an interdisciplinary and international team and also be part of the large and broad research environment at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.


  • Analyse research data.
  • Write and publish scientific papers.
  • Academic and popular dissemination of results.
  • Contribute to the development of research at the centre and at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
  • Collaborate and communicate with a large network of researchers.


·         PhD in psychology, medicine, genetics, social science, or other relevant field.

·         Good oral and written skills in English.

·         Experience with organizing and analysing large and complex data sets is an advantage.

·         Good knowledge of registry data, health surveys, or family studies is an advantage.

·         Experience with genetic methods or analysis of family members is an advantage.

·         Experience with relevant statistical software such as R is an advantage.

·         High research activity with a central role in important publications is an advantage.

·         Thematically relevant research or practical experience is an advantage.


Personal characteristics

·         You are innovative, results-oriented and enterprising

·         You are interested in topics relevant to the project and the centre.

·         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


We offer

  • An interesting job with varied tasks in an active and pleasant research environment.
  • The opportunity to work with world-class research data.
  • Professional development, development of own research and inclusion in the professional environments 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 position as postdoctoral fellow with salary by agreement, within the state’s regulations

·         Pension scheme in the Government Pension Fund

·         Flexible working hours and good welfare schemes, such as exercise during working hours

·         Accession by appointment


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