Researcher, Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Oslo)

Researcher on genetic factors for mental disorders Department of Mental disorders, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)

We have an exciting position as researcher available at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Oslo funded through the Research Council of Norway on the project “Intergenerational Transmission of risk for common mental disorders” with a duration of 16 months with the possibility of extension. 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 genomic data, longitudinal questionnaire data from pregnancy onwards, and National registry data. The focus of the project is on the role of genetic and environmental risk factors in intergenerational transmission of risk for common mental disorders and personality traits. 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 Eivind Ystrøm and his research group at the Department of mental disorders at the NIPH in collaboration with PROMENTA research center at the University of Oslo, and King’s College London.

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  • Application deadline: May 23rd 2021
  • Full-time (16 months temporary position with the possibility of extension)
  • Approximate start date: 1.9.2021
  • Approximate end date: 31.12.2022

Task description

  • Perform statistical analyses, including genomic relatedness methods, polygenic risk scoring, linkage disequilibrium score regression, and genomic structural equation modeling
  • Combining genomic and pedigree data, such as sibling fixed effects and trio-based polygenic methods.
  • Write articles on intergenerational transmission of risk and common genetic factors for personality traits and mental disorders
  • Participation in research seminars and lab meetings.


  • Completed PhD in a relevant field (e.g., epidemiology, genetics, psychology, statistics, or medicine). 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, GCTA, GWAS, genomic SEM)
  • Computing skills in R, Structural Equation Modelling, Genome-Wide Complex Trait Analysis, LD Score Regression, or Polygenic Risk Score Software
  • Excellent English skills, orally and in writing are required
  • Personal suitability, motivation and willingness to collaborate with academics from diverse backgrounds.

Personal qualifications

  • Self-motivated, proactive, and able to take initiative
  • Good organizational skills and attentiveness to detail
  • Ability to plan and prioritize workload
  • Track record of being able to work independently and take responsibility for project completion
  • Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with colleagues from multiple scientific disciplines

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating and inter-disciplinary working environment
  • Position as postdoctoral research fellow
  • Salary by agreement, within the state’s regulations.
  • Opportunities for extensive collaboration with our international and national collaborators
  • Favourable pension and social welfare benefits
  • Flexible working arrangements

Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Sandakerveien 24 c, 0473 Oslo, Norway


Eivind Ystrøm

Professor/ Senior researcher +47 99001730



Ragnar Nesvåg

Department director +47 97504831

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 actvities 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 1050 employees located in Oslo and Bergen.

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