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's 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.

Professor / Associate Professor of Biostatistics

Two positions as professor and/or associate professor of Biostatistics are available at the Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE), Department of Biostatistics, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IMB), the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway.

Job description

Excellent and enthusiastic academics are sought to be part of one of Europe's most active biostatistics departments at an exciting time. Both posts are permanent.

You will have expertise in statistics, to be interpreted in the widest sense and to include both applied and methodological statistics, together with a strong interest in biology, medicine, epidemiology and/or public health. Applicants for the professor position must have an excellent publication record and ability to secure research funding. Applicants for the associate professor position must show exceptional promise to become leading academics. Together with your colleagues at OCBE, you will shape research and teaching leadership in this fast-developing discipline.


Currently, OCBE has eight tenured professors, four tenured associate professors, fifteen tenured researchers, 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 (including time-to-event models, data integration, causal inference, statistical genomics, Bayesian inference, stochastic simulation algorithms, probabilistic graphical models, machine learning, evolution and population genetics, informative missingness and measurement error models, epidemiological studies of lifestyle and chronic diseases, stochastic models for infectious diseases, high dimensional data and models) and numerous collaborations with leading bio-medical research groups internationally and in Norway. In the last national research evaluation, OCBE was judged as excellent by an international committee. OCBE has a leading role in the recently funded prestigious centre for research-based innovation BigInsight, a consortium of academic, industrial and public partners, with a funding of about 4 mil Euro annually until 2023. Furthermore, OCBE hosts the ERC Advanced Grant of Professor Corander (Scalable inference algorithms for Bayesian evolutionary epidemiology) from 2017 until 2022, and several further important projects in the areas of statistical methods for biobank, health survey and registry data, of causal inference and of mathematical models for personalised cancer therapy.


These positions are part of a substantial investment in the statistics and computational sciences by the University of Oslo and the Oslo University Hospital. Within the strategic focus area of the life sciences, a new large and elegant building will be raised on campus, where OCBE is expected to move from 2022.


OCBE is responsible for the biostatistical teaching for the professional study in medicine, for the faculty's bachelor and master programmes and for the PhD training. OCBE also provides an extensive advisory service for bio-medical and clinical researchers at the University of Oslo and the Oslo University Hospital - often an existing source of data and challenges for our discipline.

The successful candidate is expected to initiate, perform and lead research, supervise PhD candidates, participate in teaching and in exam setting and assessment at all levels, and to carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences.

Role summary:

The two appointments will strengthen the Department’s national and international reputation for excellence in research. Contribution to excellence in research will correspond in quantity and quality to the position applied for, with documented evidence of high level competence, obtained results and an independent standing. The appointed candidates will have full operational responsibility for her/his research projects and related funding. The appointed professor will initiate, identify sources of funding, develop and manage an independent scientific programme, within the broad research areas of biostatistics, usually and desirably in collaboration with other colleagues of OCBE, at UiO, in Norway and internationally. The appointed associate professor will successfully start to build her/his research activity in this direction, act as principal investigator in some projects, and is expected to apply for promotion to professorial level within 3-7 years. Both appointed scientists will lead and contribute enthusiastically to collaborative research projects, with the aim of producing best science with impact. They will contribute to the strategic research leadership of OCBE.


Teaching, advising and student supervision will amount to approximately half of the working load. The role holder will be an excellent teacher who motivates students and leads them pedagogically through biostatistical themes, from introductory to advanced level. The UiO has programmes that recognise excellence in teaching. As an adviser, she/he will be able to recommend state-of-the-art approaches and tools to scientists in the bio-medical field who require support. Some of the advising work will lead to co-authorship.


Collaboration within and outside OCBE and UiO are expected, to complete and advance research projects, including developing new contacts and collaborations with leading research groups and participating and developing international networks. The role holder will be proactive to make her/his research known to the general public. When actual, she/he will consider commercial exploitation of discoveries.


The role holder is expected to contribute to the management and organisation of OCBE, IMB and UiO, by taking direct responsibilities in the administrative and leading tasks of these units. This includes tasks related to organisation, teaching and research.


The location of OCBE is in the campus of UiO in Oslo. Knowledge of the Norwegian language is not necessary at start, but the role holder is expected to learn the language in her/his first three years, as some teaching is in Norwegian.


Person profile:


The candidate holds a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, mathematics, computer science or in another relevant field. Her/his research has been and is in the broad area of biostatistics. The successful professor candidates will have a very strong research record, as judged by the strength of her/his scientific, peer-reviewed publications, with particular reference to the last 5-8 years. She/he has supervised PhD students and is an innovative and independent researcher and leader in her/his field. She/he is an excellent teacher and advisor. Candidates at the associate professor level will have started to achieve results in these directions and show strong and documented potentials. The ability to win research funding will be essential and a proven record of attracting research funding and/or research studentships is required at professor level. Experience in leading research and managing research groups is necessary at professor level. The role holders will possess sufficient administrative skills to manage projects and contribute to the common workload of OCBE. A track record of public communication activities, if available, is useful. Candidates must demonstrate team spirit in developing their own research, with strong interpersonal skills.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD in statistics, biostatistics, mathematics, computer science or in another relevant field.
  • Documented pedagogical skills
  • Documented potential for project acquisition and project management
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

We offer

  • Salary NOK 650 200 – 910 900 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Professor (position code 1013) or Associate Professor NOK 569 000 - 650 200 ( position code 1011)
  • Annual paid leave for 5 weeks, plus public holidays
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Access to public health services through membership of the National Insurance Scheme
  • Starting date: as soon as possible, to be agreed upon

For further description of the position see link

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and academic work and scientific publications)
  • A complete list of publications
  • List of referees (at least three)
  • Documentation of basic pedagogical competence (if available) and lecturing experience
  • Documentation of scientific advising competence (if available)
  • Plans for future research (at most 2 pages); can include recent/current reference to applications for funding
  • Description of up to 10 publications which the applicant considers particularly noteworthy
  • The same 10 publications uploaded as PDF-files (preferably combined into one file but maximum 10 MB)
  • Other qualifications and documentation

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Application process:

A scientific evaluation committee will be appointed to evaluate the applications. A second committee will interview shortlisted candidates remotely or in person and will propose a ranked list. The final appointment is made by the faculty. The evaluation process can take up to three months. The basis for the assessment of the applicant will include the education and training, scientific production and quality, professional and academic experience, teaching experience and qualifications as well as the documented experience in administration and management. As part of the ranking of qualified applicants, the full scope of these qualifications will be explicitly assessed. Particular weight will be attached to qualifications that are central to the job description. Recent scientific qualifications will carry more weight than other qualifications. Originality, quality and innovation will be given priority before volume.

Informal enquires can be addressed to Professor Arnoldo Frigessi ( or Professor Marit Veierød ( or to any other senior member of the Department.


Formal regulations
The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a three-year period.

The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of English. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected within a three-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.

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 University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Deadline: 26. November 2017

Contact persons: Professor Arnoldo Frigessi, Mobile +47 95735574

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