Researcher in statistics/biostatistics
A position as researcher (SKO1109) is available at the Research Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain in Cognition, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo.The position would suit a highly motivated and very talented researcher within statistics, with a special interest in analysis of complex longitudinal data. The appointment is for 3 years, with an annual salary of NOK 503 800 - 621 800 per year.
LCBC research is aimed at describing changes in cognitive function through life, and which variables that explain these changes. We have large databases of unique longitudinal neurocognitive data, and we need a skilled and highly motivated statistician who will work with us on these. Key words are
- Incomplete data, 1-5 time points of observations
- Estimation and control for non-random attrition
- Estimation and control for test-retest effects on cognitive measures
- Estimations and fits of non-linear relationship
- Tests of change-change relationships, e.g. between a brain measure and a cognitive measure, that often are non-linear (and even non-monotonous)
- Assist in creation of simulation models to assess effects of hypothetical influences
The successful candidate has completed his/ her PhD within statistics or a related discipline, published at least two papers as first author in international peer-reviewed journals, and has high ambitions of making a significant contribution to the research center. The candidate is on a daily basis expected to work closely with other researchers at LCBC as well as with our international collaborators. The successful candidate needs to be able to combine three skills:
- Practical and focused on finding the best possible solutions to our current challenges within restricted time frames
- Able to efficiently implement “best practice” in the field
- Contribute to further development of methods where required
The research center
LCBC is an active multi-disciplinary research center, with a staff of 22 full time positions, including three faculty professors, 5 Post-doctoral fellows, 9 PhD candidates, 1 head engineer, as well as full-time RAs, supporting personnel and several affiliated researchers. Three international professors are also affiliated with the group (Heidi Johansen-Berg, Oxford; Lars Nyberg, Umeå; Ragnhildur Karadottir, Cambridge). Our research aims at understanding brain and cognitive changes from birth to old age, in healthy participants and different patient groups, and to what extent training can contribute to maintenance and augmentation of cognitive capacities. LCBC coordinates a large H2020 EU-project (2017-2022, 10 mill €) and has two ERC grants. Further funding comes from the Norwegian Research Council and the National Health Association. The group was in 2015 appointed status as “world leading” as one of five at the University of Oslo, with special funding for five years.
- Salary according to SKO 1109 Researcher NOK 503 800 - 621 800, depending on qualifications and experience
- Professional development in a stimulating academic environment
- Attractive welfare arrangements
- Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
The application must include
- Letter of application, 1-2 pages, explaining the motivation for applying
- Curriculum Vitae summarizing education, positions and academic work
- Copies of educational certificates, complete list of publications and publications/academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
- Names and contact details of at least two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).
Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. All documents should be in English.
In assessing applications, emphasis will be placed upon the quality of the candidate’s academic qualifications. Interviews with selected candidates may be arranged where the applicant’s motivation and cooperative skills will be emphasized.
The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o. According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act information about an applicant may be included in the public applicants list, even if the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.
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