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Open post-doc position in "Statistical Learning for Precision Cancer Medicine" within the UiO Medical Faculty's Scientia Fellows programme. Deadline: May 11th.

We currently have an opening for a 3-year post-doc position in Biostatistics at the Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE), University of Oslo, Norway. 

The position is funded under the SCIENTIA FELLOWS program, a transnational research fellowship programme in the field of Health Life Sciences at the University of Oslo, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 under the Maria Skłodowska-Curie scheme.

Host: Manuela Zucknick
Deadline for submission: May 11th, 2021
IMPORTANT: Please contact the host by May 4th, 2021. This is important, because the host and candidate need to coordinate the application.

Call, detailed information and how to apply:  (thematic area: "biostatistics") 

Broad theme: Statistical learning for personalized cancer therapy: modelling and prediction of drug response in pharmacogenomic screens

This project’s objective is to explore and develop statistical methods for predicting the sensitivity of a tumour to specific drugs and for discovering combinations of drugs that work particularly well together, i.e. are synergistic. For prediction we wish to use the tumour’s molecular characterisation, for example from DNA sequencing to identify mutations, together with information about the drugs. One possible path towards achieving the objectives of this project could be to explore Bayesian multi-response regressions and multi-kernel learning models, with structured priors for incorporating prior knowledge about the dependence structure.

If you are interested in the position, please contact the host by sending CV and links to your papers as soon as possible and by May 4th, 2021. We will then jointly identify common research interests and discuss the concept of your research proposal. While you are responsible for the research proposal, you will discuss your application with the host, who will help you to write a good proposal. Finally, in order to apply for the position, you have to submit the research proposal (and other documents as specified in the call) by May 11th, 2021. 

The position will be at the Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE), Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo ( OCBE is one of the largest biostatistics centres in Europe with over 70 researchers with an exciting research environment active in most research areas, including statistical genomics, big data, statistical machine learning, longitudinal and time-to-event data, measurement uncertainty, evidence synthesis, causal inference, clinical trials, and observational studies.


  • You possess a PhD degree (at the latest by 1 July 2021) in statistics, biostatistics, mathematics, computer science or other related disciplines with a documented competence in statistics or biostatistics, preferably with experience in statistical (probabilistic) machine learning methods.
  • You have not been resident in Norway for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

More details on the Scientia Fellows program:
The purpose of the three years postdoc is to produce scientific results of the highest quality, in collaboration with your host at the University of Oslo and its other partners. You will also be part of the University of Oslo's career development programme designed for researchers at the beginning of their career, including our Health Innovator course which aims to provide researchers with tools and insight into how innovation can be put to work for the benefit of patients, the healthcare system and society. At completion of your three year term, your academic profile will be such that you can successfully apply to the best research positions worldwide.

Salary:  526 000 NOK/year  (roughly 52K EUR/year)
A Fellow of the Scientia Fellows programme will be employed at the University of Oslo for three years. The place of work is the university Blindern campus in Oslo. The gross salary of a Fellow will amount to 526 000 NOK/year. Full health insurance and pension payments with the Norwegian pension fund will be covered by the university. As an employee in Norway you have several welfare benefits. In addition the university will support research costs (laptop, travel, courses etc) with 54 600 NOK per year. For further information related to moving and settling in Norway, please visit the website of the International Staff Mobility Office (, which will also assist incoming fellows and their families with relocation to Oslo. For more information on the position, contact the hosts mentioned above.

Published Apr. 26, 2021 12:18 AM - Last modified Apr. 26, 2021 12:18 AM