Researcher: Behavioural interventions in cancer prevention

The Research Department at the Cancer Registry of Norway is looking for a researcher within behavioural science to work on cancer prevention strategies. The position is affiliated with the section working with etiology and modifiable risk factors.

The Cancer Registry of Norway is a research institution that hosts the national cancer registry, clinical cancer registries, as well as the cancer screening programs and multiple prospective cancer cohorts and biobanks. We are part of the Oslo University Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center. Now we are looking for a researcher with a background in behavioural science, to conduct interdisciplinary research on interventions to prevent cancer. 

The Cancer Registry of Norway is one of the oldest in the world with complete nationwide cancer count since the 1950s, and in addition hosts eight nationwide clinical registries with extensive information on clinical and pathological aspects covering mostly the main cancers sites. The registry administers the national cancer screening programs for breast cancer and cervical cancer, and a screening program for colorectal cancer is currently under development. Collection of Patient Reported Outcome and Experience Measures (PROMs and PREMs) has recently started on major cancers sites. Together with data from other registries, questionnaires, cohorts and biobanks, we conduct a wide range of studies, from observational to clinical interventions. Relevant ongoing  research is on primary prevention of cancer (with focus on major lifestyle factors), barriers to participate in cancer screening programs, prevention of invasive disease after pre-invasive conditions, and prevention of late effects from cancer treatment. Our research team is multidisciplinary, including experts within epidemiology, statistics, but also oncology and basic science.

We are looking for a candidate who is collaborative, ambitious and enthusiastic, to strengthen our research to prevent cancer and recurrence, to improve quality of life and survival after cancer, and to assist with our communication of prevention strategies. The successful candidate is expected to initiate his/her own research program, and participate in ongoing research activities across the Cancer Registry. 


Specific qualifications:

  • Researcher within behavioural science with graduate level training, doctorate or Ph.D.


The successful candidate will have

  • Experience from cancer prevention or other public health interventions
  • Knowledge of epidemiology or population-based prevention studies
  • Ability to lead and conduct research in a collaborative environment and supervise PhD and master students
  • Experience in obtaining grant funding
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English


We can offer

  • A dynamic, multidisciplinary and creative work environment with close collaboration with clinical and basic science researchers
  • Our expertise in cancer epidemiology, biostatistics, biobanks, registry and screening programs 
  • Collaboration with strong national and international cancer research groups in Europe and US particularly
  • Good welfare benefits and insurance and pension scheme in accordance with Oslo University Hospital agreements


Salary to be determined depending qualifications.

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

Personal qualifications will be assessed through interviews and references.

If you are interested in the position, we welcome your application including a cover letter, your CV, publication list, copy of university diplomas and certificates, and contact details for at least three references, in one pdf online to the Cancer Registry of Norway. The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for position”.  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.