Post-Doctoral Fellow: non-cancer drugs for cancer prevention and treatment

The Cancer Registry of Norway is searching for a post-doctoral fellow who will join us in the research on non-cancer drugs for prevention and treatment.
Sist oppdatert: 15.06.2020

A position as postdoctoral research fellow is available at the Cancer Registry of Norway, Institute of Population-based Cancer Research, Oslo, Norway.

The fellowship duration is 3 years, and is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Our research group’s ultimate aim is to demonstrate that the use of certain non-cancer drugs, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-hypertensives and anti-diabetics, can lower the risk of cancer and improve its prognosis.

In the present project, we will investigate if use of three promising drugs - metformin, beta-blockers and aspirin - can improve the prognosis and reduce the risk of breast cancer and colorectal cancer.

The potential of the three drugs will be studied from different angles.

First we will use the linkage between national registries, including the Cancer Registry of Norway and the Norwegian Prescription Database, to investigate how the use of these drugs affect cancer incidence and prognosis in the Norwegian population.

Second, the most promising results will be investigated in cell experiments and mouse models, in collaboration with external research groups.

Duties and responsibilities

The post-doctoral fellow will work in a team of biostatisticians, epidemiologists and researchers in cancer.

  • He/she will be primarily responsible for the analysis of registry data for the breast cancer part of the project.
  • He/she will identify drugs that lower the risk of cancer and/or improve cancer prognosis, by applying statistical models for longitudinal and survival data.
  • He/she will collaborate with the team in the organization and management of the data, perform data analyses and write scientific papers.
  • He/she will present the results of his/her research in international journals and at national and international conferences.


We are looking for a candidate who is collaborative and enthusiastic, with the following qualifications:

  • Completed PhD degree (or equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree) in epidemiology or (bio)statistics. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Experience with handling and analysing large registry-based datasets
  • Experience with studies on cancer incidence and/or prognosis
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in EnglishPersonal qualities
  • Highly motivated, with an interest in pharmacoepidemiology or drug safety
  • Ability to work independently and systematically
  • Result oriented
  • Ability to lead and conduct research in a collaborative environment

We can offer

  • Dynamic, multi-disciplinary and creative work environment
  • Our expertise in cancer research, biostatistics and pharmacoepidemiology
  • Collaboration with strong cancer research groups, such as the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Victoria, Australia, the Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital and possibly more
  • We have flexible working hours, good welfare benefits and insurance and pension scheme in accordance with Oslo University Hospital agreements

The Postdoc position will be placed in salary according to the agreement in the Oslo University Hospital, minimum NOK 537.000 p.y.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the candidates motivation and personal suitability.

Personal qualifications will be assessed through interviews and references.

How to apply

Follow this link to Webcruiter to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter describing how she/he fits the description of the person we seek, including a summary of the applicant's scientific work and interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • A complete list of publications and academic works
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 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 position”.

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).

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.