Researcher, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo (Norway)

We have an exciting three-year position as researcher/senior researcher available at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Oslo funded through the Research Council of Norway. 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 genotype data, longitudinal questionnaire data from pregnancy onwards, and National registry data.

The focus of the project is on genetic risk factors for five mental disorders (Autism, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, Major Depression) and their manifestations in traits, symptoms and disorders during different developmental stages from birth to adulthood in females and males. 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 Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud and his research group at the Department of mental disorders at the NIPH in collaboration with the University of Oslo, the University of Bristol, Cardiff University and Aarhus University. The successful candidate will be able to stay at least one year in the University of Bristol working with Professor George Davey Smith and colleagues at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit. Other exchange options are also possible.


Job description

  • Perform statistical analyses, including polygenic risk scoring, linkage disequilibrium score regression and Mendelian randomization
  • Retrieve and prepare data for analysis
  • Develop analysis plans
  • Write papers for publication both as first author and co-author
  • Present findings at international research conferences and in popular media
  • Maintain and develop own research skills by participation in seminars, journal clubs, research meetings, and short courses, as appropriate
  • Collaborate with other team members across all aspects of the project
  • Develop the project by contributing to new grant applications
  • Ensure that all work adheres to the research governance, data protection and confidentiality protocols Assist in the organisation of research seminars and conferences



  • Completed PhD in a relevant field (e.g., epidemiology, genetics, statistics, medicine or psychology) 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, Mendelian randomization, GWAS)
  • Excellent statistical and quantitative skills
  • Demonstrable expertise in the use of programs like Stata or R for data management and statistical analysis
  • Excellent skills in written and oral English
  • Education and/or research and/or clinical experience in mental health is an advantage
  • Experience with analysis of large data sets is an advantage
  • Experience of UNIX/Linux and cluster computing is an advantage
  • Experience of programming is an advantage


Education field

  • Medical / Health / Social subjects
  • Other
  • Epidemiology


Deadline for application:


Contact info:

Research Fellow Alexandra Havdahl

Department Director Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud

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