PhD Fellowships in Social Science Genomics, University of Oslo, Norway

Two PhD fellowships are available at the PROMENTA Research Center, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo ( The PhD fellows will be working in the project The PsychoGeography of Intergenerational Mobility: Early life socioeconomic position, mental health, and educational performance (GeoGen) funded by the European Research Council (ERC). GeoGen is an interdisciplinary project integrating genetic and social science approaches to study geographical variation in genetic and environmental effects related to intergenerational mobility.

GeoGen will use Norway since 1940 as a laboratory (n=8 400 000) with registries giving full genealogy and year-by-year event data on place of residence, indicators of socioeconomic status (SES), mental health, and educational performance. GeoGen combines this with a population-based cohort study comprising genotyping of families (n=240 000 in 110 000 families) and a wide array of survey data. An approach combining temporal, spatial, social, genetic, and individual levels of inference will allow the PhD fellows to do novel studies on the gene-environment interplay between risk and protective factors for mental health and academic outcomes.

The project is based in the neighborhood genetics workgroup at PROMENTA lead by Professor Eivind Ystrom. The goal of the genetics workgroup is to study the interplay between genetic and contextual factors in families, schools, and wider contexts by integrating genotyped family trios into population-based registries on family structure, residence, schools, health, and education. The PhD students will be working with GeoGen Team members from Sociology, Psychology, and Educational Sciences.