University of Bergen

Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Full-time temporary position as PhD candidate at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, Centre for International Health

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, Centre for International Health, (CIH) a specially designed interdisciplinary full-time temporary PhD-position is available for a period of four (4) years or max 4 months after completed the PhD-degree, if this is achieved within a shorter time than four years. The position includes 25 % duties such as teaching, exam work or supervision, depending on the demands at the department.

The position is part of the project “Nutrition policy and food systems recommendations anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) frameworks: Perspectives from nutrition, biology and ethics” funded by the strategic area ‘Global Challenges’ at the University of Bergen, Norway https://www.uib.no/en/globalchallenges

 

About the department/the centre and the project

The Centre for International Health (CIH) is an interdisciplinary and interfacultary centre at the Faculty of Medicine and a part of the Department of Global Health and Primary Health Care. CIH is both a research and educational institution. CIH runs a Research school with approximately 70 PhD candidates. CIH is also running a master degree training in Global Health providing an interdisciplinary Master’s of Philosophy program for approximately 40 Master´s students. These programmes at CIH are all in English and closely linked to partnership programmes in research and staff development programmes with institutions in Africa and Asia. The staff at CIH also teaches the medical students and nutrition students in the subject global health and nutrition.

 

Project description

Nutrition recommendations are complex as they incorporate physiological needs with dietary habits and the availability of foods. One area of discussion is land-based protein production comprising both plant-based and animal proteins. There is a need for improved protein consumption in populations suffering from undernutrition. At the same time, there is an environmental cost in producing it. There are also major uncertainties in the knowledge base which create an ethical challenge to nutrition policy and recommendations.

The aim of this PhD is to cross-disciplinary investigate how nutrition recommendations can be designed considering food systems from the angles of health, biology and ethics and suggest a framework for policy recommendations which has the potential to guide decision making for sustainable development. Protein needs in vulnerable populations and land-based production of proteins will be the problem case. The main methods will involve epidemiological considerations based on available data sets, literature studies and ethical discussions; field work in a low-income setting of minimum 4-6 months duration; meta analysis or comprehensive systematic literature research.

About the PhD position

The Centre for International Health (uib.no/en/cih) will coordinate this interdisciplinary research project, in close collaboration with Centre for Nutrition (uib.no/en/nutrition), both at the Faculty of Medicine. The candidate will do the independent research project in the framework outlined above in collaboration with the main supervisor Professor Ingunn Marie S. Engebretsen, and the co-supervisors Professor Jutta Dierkes, Associate Professor Inger Elisabeth Måren, Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group, Department of Biological Sciences (BIO), (https://www.uib.no/bio) and Professor Carl Walter Matthial Kaiser, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT), Faculty of Humanities (www.uib.no/svt/en)..

For further information please contact Professor Ingunn Marie S. Engebretsen, Centre for International Health, e-mail: ingunn.engebretsen@uib.no, phone: +47 55 58 85 53 or Professor Jutta Dierkes, e-mail: jutta.dierkes@uib.no, phone: +47 55 97 73 44.

Qualifications and qualities

We are searching for a candidate with competence combining medical or nutrition science with that of social science, humanities or natural science.

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or the equivalent in human nutrition, and documented experience and/or studies in other disciplines such as social science, humanities, ethics, theory of science or natural science is wanted
  • The candidate must have excellent collaboration and communication skills and be ready to take on a new multi-disciplinary research project 
  • English will be the working language. Fluency in Norwegian and other languages is an advantage.
  • Experience from fieldwork or longer stays in low- or low-middle income countries will be considered an advantage.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies will be used. An interest in statistics is a strong advantage as outcomes of this thesis are meta-analyses of existing literature and data.
  • Primary data collection in a low or lower middle-income country is expected of a minimum duration of 4-6 months and the applicant must be willing to travel.
  • The candidate must be self-motivated, with the capacity to work independently and in teams
  • The candidate must show ability and enthusiasm to work in an intercultural and interdisciplinary group.
  • Personal qualifications will be considered

Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language. If the original is not in any of these languages, it is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education in question is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. The review from NOKUT may take some time and the application should be sent to NOKUT as soon as you have decided to apply for the position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

Language qualifications: http://www.uib.no/en/med/115526/english-language-requirements-phd-admission

 

Organized research training (PhD program)

The main goal for the PhD positions are to complete the PhD-program. The applicant must take part in the University of Bergen approved PhD programme leading to the degree within a fixed time limit. You must have admission to the organized research training (PhD program) at the Faculty in order to qualify for the position.

Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline for the training plan must be submitted no later than three months after the date of commencement.

 

The PhD-position

PhD-positions are fixed term positions. You cannot be employed in a PhD- position for more than one fixed term period at the same institution, or had similar employment at an institution in the region.

 

The teaching is usually performed in Norwegian.

 

We can offer:

  • salary in accordance with level 51 (code 1017/pay framework 20.9) NOK 449 400 on the government salary scale. For applicant with at least one year of employment in a position as a General Practitioner or Dentist level 53. Further increases in salary will be based on seniority in the position. For applicant with specialist education level 58 (code 1017/Pay framework 20.17)
  • a good pension scheme in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • a position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • good welfare benefits

 

For more information regarding what the University of Bergen can offer its employees please visit: http://www.uib.no/en/poa/74243/what-can-university-bergen-offer-its-employees

 

Recruitment to state employment

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. The University of Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced composition regarding age and sex and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds and persons with disabilities. Persons of different ethnic backgrounds and persons with disabilities are therefore encouraged to apply for the position.

 

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

 

The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to scientific positions. Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

 

How to apply

The application must contain your CV and application with enclosures and:

  • a brief letter of application stating your motivation for the position, why you are applying and why the position is perfect for you
  • certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades. Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education in question is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. The review from NOKUT may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for the PhD position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application. Documentation of language skills in English (TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS)
  • complete list of publications and scientific work you want to be evaluated
  • two referees (name and contact information)

 

Please send your application with attachments electronically via Jobbnorge by clicking on the button marked “Apply for this job”.


The applications will be sent electronically to the assessment committee. Please notice that the applications will be assessed only with the information available in Jobbnorge when the deadline expires.


Further information about our employment process can be found here.


Closing date for applications: 1 January 2019

 

 

 

 

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About this job

  • Deadline
    Tuesday, January 1, 2019
  • Employer
    University of Bergen
  • Website
  • Municipality
    Bergen
  • Place of service
    Bergen
  • Jobbnorge ID
    161039
  • Internal ID
    18/12449 (IVØI)
  • Scope
    Fulltime
  • Duration
    Fixed Term

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