The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Institute of Basic Medical Sciences overall objective is to promote basic medical knowledge in order to understand normal processes, provide insight into mechanisms that cause illness, and promote good health. The Institute is responsible for teaching in basic medical sciences for the programmes of professional study in medicine and the Master's programme in clinical nutrition. The Institute has more than 300 employees and is located in Domus Medica.

PhD Research Fellowship in biostatistics / bioinformatics

The Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE), Department of Biostatistics at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo (UiO), and the Department of Tumor biology at Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital (OUS), are seeking a candidate for a PhD Fellowship (3 years) within our centre of excellence BigInsight.

The PhD student will have a joint affiliation and supervision from the Department of Biostatistics (Assoc. Prof. Manuela Zucknick) and the Department of Tumor Biology at OUS (Prof. Eivind Hovig and Dr. Sigve Nakken).

OCBE is one of Europe's most active biostatistics groups and currently has 12 tenured professors and associate professors, fifteen tenured researchers, and post-doctoral fellows and PhD students, making up a group of about 60 scientists. OCBE is internationally recognized, with interests spanning a broad range of areas and numerous collaborations with leading bio-medical research groups internationally and in Norway. The Institute for Cancer Research at OUS has seven research departments and more than 300 employees. The institute is engaged in both basic and translational cancer research involving experimental research on model organisms from various evolutionary levels as well as human material from all types of cells and tissues. The goal for the Department of Tumor Biology is to identify candidate biomarkers and therapeutic targets, followed by validation in preclinical models and clinical trials. Cancer genomics constitutes a main pillar in the research program at the department.

Job description

This position is funded through the center for research-based innovation BigInsight: Statistics for the Knowledge Economy, a consortium of academic, industrial and public partners, running from 2015 to 2023. BigInsight will develop original statistical and machine learning methodologies and analytical and computational tools to extract knowledge from complex and big data, with focus on two central themes, namely novel personalized solutions and sharper predictions of transient behaviors. BigInsight will be a leading international center in model-based statistics for complex, high dimensional data.

The successful PhD candidate will explore and develop statistical models for the prediction of drug responses, as well as synergistic effects of drug combinations, and to develop software solutions to make them accessible. More details can be found in the project description. The candidate will join the research efforts within the BigInsight project “Personalized cancer therapies” and as such will be part of a growing multi-disciplinary group of researchers in Oslo working on the development of methods for personalized therapies in cancer.

The PhD studies at the University of Oslo are characterized by a strong research profile: the PhD thesis includes several papers which are published in leading scientific journals, while the candidates are required to take a small number of advanced courses as part of the training component of their degree.

BigInsight and the University of Oslo offer a lively and socially rewarding environment, with many common activities, like the organization of an annual international Junior Research Lab and a broad visitor program, with guests from the best universities also as adjunct professors.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The fellowship requires admission to the research training program at the Faculty of Medicine. The admission must be approved within three months. For more information see:

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in biostatistics, bioinformatics, statistics, mathematics, computer science, or a related quantitative subject with proven competence in both statistics and programming.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

We seek a highly motivated and skilled person, able to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team, who is eager to both gain and share insight while being focused on publishing papers in leading international journals. Knowledge of the Norwegian language is not required.

The ideal applicant has a strong background in statistical methodology, solid programming skills (for example in R or Python) and a strong interest in applications in molecular biology and cancer research.

We offer

An ambitious, interesting and international research environment. PhD research fellows are employed by the University of Oslo. Salary is in the range between 432 700 NOK and 490 900 NOK annually depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017). Pension and national health insurance is included according to Norwegian law, in addition to several attractive welfare arrangements (

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • List of reference persons: 1-2 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Interviews with selected candidates will be arranged, in person or via Skype.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results and intellectual property.

In accordance with the University of Oslo´s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of sex or ethnicity.

Deadline: 15th of October 2017

Contact persons:

Manuela Zucknick (

Sigve Nakken (

Eivind Hovig (

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    15. oktober 2017
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