Two PhD Research Fellowships in Oslo, Norway

Two positions as PhD students in occupational cancer epidemiology are available at the Cancer Registry of Norway. The fellowships' duration is 3 years, starting 2019. The positions are funded by a grant from the Research Council of Norway (RCN), the PETROMAKS2 programme, for the project "Exposure-related risks of cancer in Norwegian offshore petroleum workers":

The project seeks to use epidemiological methods to describe and compare cancer incidence in a cohort offshore petroleum workers, related to occupational exposures during work at platforms. The project group collaborates closely with other researchers at the Cancer Registry, the University of Oslo and Bergen, and with the U.S. National Cancer Institute (MD) and Albert Einstein University (NY), USA. The PhD fellows will be part of leading national and international research groups in epidemiological research. The project is run by a multidisciplinary group (epidemiology, biostatistics, mathematics, biology, medicine and industrial hygiene) and the positions may appeal to people with different interests and backgrounds. Today there are 18 PhD/postdoc fellows at the Cancer Registry who regularly meet. There will be possibilities for scientific and personal development in parallel with the programme for the PhD degree at the University of Oslo.

Position 1 – “Cancer among female offshore workers”
The work will be focused on cancer among female offshore workers, and comparisons of cancer incidence will be made with the general Norwegian population. Further, the risk of breast cancer and skin cancer will be studied in particular, based on information about shift-work and exposure to ultra violet radiation.

Position 2 – ”Urinary tract cancer among male offshore workers”
The work will be focused on incidence of bladder cancer and kidney cancer among male offshore workers, and the risk will be compared with the general population. Further, studies of aetiological questions will be performed based on information on exposure to hydrocarbons from oil mists and oil vapours, trichloroethylene, toluene and possibly other agents.

Qualification requirements
The candidate must

  • Have a five-year Master's degree with very good academic results or corresponding qualification in medicine, epidemiology, public health, toxicology, biology, biostatistics or similarly appropriate subjects. (Please see additional information on:
  • Have strong analytical skills, with hands-on experience in writing codes or syntaxes with statistical software, such as Stata, SAS or R, experience in handling big data sets; and knowledge on quantitative analyses and epidemiological study design
  • Have a strong motivation and interest in cancer epidemiology and aetiological research
  • Have appropriate personal skills for close co-operation in a team (emphasized)
  • Have the ability to work independently, organized and focused
  • Be fluent in English (written and oral) and in a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish)

We can offer

  • A dynamic, multidisciplinary working environment
  • Collaboration with renowned researchers nationally and abroad
  • Flexible working hours according to rules for Oslo University Hospital
  • Possibility to attend conferences, and visit collaborating partners for exchange stays
  • Start salary of NOK 442 000 per year
  • Insurance and pension scheme in accordance with Oslo University Hospital agreements

Personal skills may be assessed through interviews, tests, and references.
How to apply
The application must include

  • A cover letter stating motivation, research interests, qualifications and relevant work experience, and what position you apply for
  • CV, including specification of scientific work if appropriate
  • Copies of certificates and grades
  • Contact information for 2–3 reference persons

The application with attachments must be delivered by e-mail to or by mail to Kreftregisteret Postboks 5313 Majorstuen, 0304 Oslo. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language). Application deadline: December 2nd 2018.

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.

Contact information

Questions regarding the project and position:

The inquiries regarding the technical aspects of the application can be directed to:

  • HR advisor Martine Staib, e-mail, tel. + 47 92691858