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Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019 – Developmental Pathways of Mental Health from Childhood to Middle Adulthood, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: May 27, 2019

Deadline: Jun 02, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellowship – “Developmental Pathways of Mental Health from Childhood to Middle Adulthood

Job description

A Postdoctoral Fellowship are available at the PROMENTA Research Center, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. PROMENTA is a newly established interdisciplinary research center at the Department of Psychology aiming to provide answers to three central questions in mental health, well-being, and drug use research: What processes lead to poor and good mental health, and how? How do social and geographic inequalities in mental health arise? How can we develop, tailor, and evaluate effective interventions in communities to promote good mental health? To address these questions, we examine sources of mental health on a variety of levels, such as genetic risk, neurocognitive development, the psychosocial environment, and the socio-cultural and political context. The center is financed by the Research Council of Norway and contributions from the Department of Psychology. the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and other participating partners. For more information about PROMENTA, please visit

More about the position

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely together with other members of PROMENTA to examine pathways of mental health from childhood to middle adulthood. For this purpose, several large-scale, long-term, genetically informed longitudinal studies will be used. By using advanced longitudinal modelling approaches in the framework of structural equation modeling, the project will aim at (1) delineating developmental trajectories of mental health from early childhood to middle adulthood; (2) provide insights into sources of poor and good mental health by using novel causal modeling techniques; and (3) examining sources of social gradients in mental health. The project will provide as such novel knowledge about development of a variety of mental health problems in the internalizing and externalizing domain across several developmental periods.

For more information and a detailed project description, please contact Prof. Tilmann von Soest (

The fellowship is for a period of three years. A 4th year can be considered with the addition of 25 % teaching requirement, depending on the competence of the applicant and the needs of the department.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualification requirements

  • A PhD degree or similar in relevant fields such as psychology, medicine, or related. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Strong skills in quantitative data analysis
  • Experience with complex longitudinal data analysis and structural equation modelling will constitute a clear advantage.
  • Experience in research in the fields of mental health and developmental psychology is an advantage.
  • Familiarity with genetically informed studies (behavioral genetics, molecular genetics) is an advantage.
  • Excellent English skills, orally and in writing are required.
  • Enthusiasm for the topic and for participating in building up a new research center.
  • Plans for high-quality research within the project, as evidenced by the required three-page letter of application, explaining the motivation for applying and how own qualifications are suitable for the announced position.
  • Personal suitability, motivation and willingness to collaborate with academics from diverse backgrounds.

We offer

  • salary NOK 515 200 – 576 100 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment in a newly established research center at the Department of Psychology
  • Opportunities for extensive collaboration with our international collaborators
  • Favorable pension and social welfare benefits
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

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