Open job position: Stipendiat – Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

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Published 14 Mar 2019 08:02:14 +0100
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Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

Klaus Torgårds vei 3
0372 OSLO

Oslo University Hospital is a highly specialized hospital in charge of extensive regional and local hospital assignments. As Scandinavia’s largest hospital, we carry out more than 1.2 million patient treatments each year. The hospital has a nationwide responsibility for a number of national and multi-regional assignments, and has several national centers of competence. Oslo University Hospital is responsible for approximately 50 percent of all medical and health care research conducted at Norwegian hospitals, and is a significant role player within the education of a large variety of health care personnel. 

Four-year PhD position in epidemiology and biostatistics

Org. nr: 998150701 Stillingsident: 4035521379 Presentasjon av stillingen:

The Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE) is a joint centre integrating the activities of the Section for Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Oslo University Hospital (OUS) and the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Oslo. OCBE has expanded considerably during the recent years, becoming one of Europe’s most active biostatistics groups. The Oslo University Hospital is a highly specialized hospital in charge of extensive regional and local hospital assignments. As Scandinavia’s largest hospital, OUS carries out more than 1.2 million patient treatments each year. The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. 

OCBE is part of the Regional Research Support (FST) of the Oslo Hospital Services division at Oslo University Hospital. FST delivers services and advice to research groups and employees at Oslo University Hospital and other hospitals that are part of the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority. FST has approximately 100 employees and collaborates closely with a broad range of academic areas and dicliplines within the University of Oslo. 

Project description

OCBE is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic candidate for a PhD position in epidemiology and biostatistics. The position is funded by the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority and available for four years, with 25% compulsory biostatistical consulting work. The overall aim of the PhD project is to investigate the effect of physical activity on fatigue and quality of life in adult survivors of childhood cancer. The PhD project will be led by researcher Corina S. Rueegg and is part of an ongoing international physical activity intervention in childhood cancer survivors. Within this project we have access to high-quality data from a randomized controlled trial running in Switzerland and a questionnaire survey from Norway. The candidate will collaborate with leading national and international researchers in the field.  

Although the vast majority of children who experience cancer now survive into adulthood, almost 100% of them suffer from a chronic health condition by the age of 50 years. These late effects include cardiovascular diseases, second cancers, overweight, osteoporosis, fatigue or psychological distress, directly impacting their quality of life (QoL). Therefore the focus of childhood cancer research has shifted from pure survival to long-term health and QoL with the ultimate goal to increase their well-being.

Physical activity (PA) interventions have been demonstrated to be beneficial to reduce chronic diseases and fatigue and improve QoL in the general population and adult cancer patients. However, no randomized controlled trial (RCT) to date, has tested the effect of PA on fatigue and QoL in adult CCS. Childhood cancer patients are at risk to enter a vicious circle between PA and fatigue, impacting their QoL, and following them long into adulthood. Therefore the current study will investigate PA, fatigue and QoL in adult survivors of childhood cancer. It makes use of data from a first-of-its-kind, large RCT running in Switzerland complemented by a Norwegian, in-depth questionnaire survey.

The successful candidate will have her or his workplace at OCBE and be part of an internationally active research group. The candidate will collaborate with the Swiss study team of the RCT including 3 PhD students and 2 professors and travel there depending on needs and preferences. The PhD student will also be embedded in the Norwegian research group in the field of childhood cancer survivors and join the PhD programme of the Medical Faculty of the University of Oslo. The current position is for four years, where 75% of the time will be devoted to the PhD project and 25% of the time to the biostatistical advising service of OCBE. OCBE advises, consults and supports researchers and PhD students from the Oslo University Hospital, Regional hospitals in South-Eastern Norway, and the Medical Faculty of the University of Oslo in methodological and statistical questions. This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to contribute and collaborate in different biomedical research projects. The advising activity is centrally organised in whole OCBE and the candidate will be mentored and supervised in this task.

The current position is for four years, where 75% of the time will be devoted to the PhD project and 25% of the time to the biostatistical advising service of OCBE. OCBE advises, consults and supports researchers and PhD students from the Oslo University Hospital, Regional hospitals in South-Eastern Norway, and the Medical Faculty of the University of Oslo in methodological and statistical questions. This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to contribute and collaborate in different biomedical research projects. The advising activity is centrally organised within OCBE and the candidate will be mentored and supervised in this task.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in epidemiology, statistics, public health or a related field
  • Genuine interest in applied research in the biomedical field, especially childhood cancer
  • Excellent command of written and oral English
  • Knowledge in any statistical software such as STATA is an advantage but not a necessary requirement Students who expect to complete their Master’s degree in 2019 are encouraged to apply.  

Personal attributes

  • Highly motivated, creative, independent, precise and organised working skills
  • Good collaborative skills

We offer

  • An ambitious, interesting and international research environment including a large group of PhD and Postdoctoral students
  • Education in biomedical research skills and preparation for a research career
  • Access to unique data with the potential to be published in high-ranking journals
  • Opportunities for national and international collaborations
  • Membership in the Norwegian pension fund and other benefits of the Norwegian welfare state
  • Salary according to guidelines

 
Evaluation of the candidates

In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal ability (including motivation) of the candidate to complete the project within the given time-frame. Interviews with selected candidates will be arranged.

The application must include:

  • CV (summarizing education, positions, academic work and other relevant activity)
  • Application letter including a half page motivation statement
  • Copies of educational certificates
  • Names and contact details of at least two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • For candidates with research experience: a list of publications and academic work

The start date of the position may be later than June 1, upon agreement. 

Contacts

Corina S. Rueegg, Project leader, corrue@ous-hf.no
Morten Wang Fagerland, Head of Section for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, morten.wang.fagerland@ous-hf.no

Location

Klaus Torgårds vei 3
0372 Oslo

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Key information:

Employer:Oslo universitetssykehus HF

Reference number:4035521379
Percentage of full-time: 100%
Start date: 01/06/2019
End date: 31/05/2023
Application deadline: 22/04/2019

Stillingsnummer: 0331-2019-03-254 (Oppgis ved kontakt med NAV) Kilde: Overført fra arbeidsgiver

Four-year PhD position in epidemiology and biostatistics for Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

 

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DIVERSE INFO

Arbeidsgiver Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
Bransje Universitet og høgskole]
Yrke Stipendiat
Sted Oslo (Postnr: 0372)
Stillingstype Unknown
Krav Høyere utdanning
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