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PhD-position (4 years) at Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health (BCEPS)

by Public Health Update

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen.

Call for applications for PhD position

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care (IGS), a full-time PhD-position is available for a period of four (4) years or max 4 months after completed the PhD-degree, if this is achieved within a shorter time than four years. The positions include 25 % required duties such as teaching, exam work or supervision, depending on the demands at the department.

The position is available from 1 January 2024 and is located at Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health (BCEPS), a new Research Council of Norway Centre of Excellence (SFF). The position is funded by the University of Bergen.

Norwegian Centres of Excellence aim to give Norway’s best researchers the opportunity to achieve ambitious scientific objectives through collaboration. The research conducted at the centres must be innovative and have the potential to generate ground-breaking results. As a Centre of Excellence, BCEPS aims to become a world-leading research environment capable of developing a new ethical framework for achieving fair priorities in health. BCEPS has an extensive network of international collaborative partners, including universities, international organisations and national ministries of health.

UiB encourages international exchange, and research can be carried out in collaboration with and with time spent at the University of Pennsylvania.

About the project/work tasks:

  • Write a PhD (three publications in peer- reviewed journals) on the topic of ethics and priority setting in health.
  • The candidate will work for the Rationing Lab at BCEPS led by professors Zeke Emanuel (University of Pennsylvania) and Ole F. Norheim (University of Bergen).
  • The Rationing Lab aims to develop a general ethical framework for priority setting that integrates utilitarian, egalitarian and prioritarian principles. In addition, the Lab will elaborate a new procedural approach for implementing models of priority setting.
  • The PhD candidate will help the Lab achieve these goals, and a PhD protocol will be developed in collaboration with the Lab leads. Short bullet point description.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a master`s degree or equivalent in medicine, philosophy, ethics, political science, or economics.
  • We are especially interested in people whose area of interest include political philosophy and democratic theory.
  • Experience from relevant research projects will be considered an advantage.
  • The candidate should have the ability to work independently and in a structured manner, with good collaborative skills.
  • The candidate must have the ability and motivation to carry out a PhD project.
  • The applicant must be fluent in spoken and written English, see documentation requirements.

The candidate must take part in the University of Bergen approved PhD programme leading to the degree within a time limit of 3 years. You must have admission to the organized research training (PhD program) at the Faculty in order to qualify for the position. Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline for the training plan must be submitted no later than three months after the date of commencement.


  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary NOK 540 500 (code 1017, pay grade 55) in the state salary scale. For applicants with at least one year of employment in a position as a General Practitioner or Dentist, salary NOK 557 100 (code 1017, pay grade 57). Medical specialist starts on salary NOK 575 400 (code 1017, pay grade 59)
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant`s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades
  • Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is also required that the applicant enclose a review from HK-dir whether the education in question (bachelor and master degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see https://hkdir.no/en/ for more information about HK-dir’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from HK-dir that they have received your application
  • Documentation of language skills (English)
  • Complete list of publications and scientific work you want to be evaluated
  • Any publication in your name
  • Two references (name and contact information)

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