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Postdoctoral Opportunity in Public Health/Global Health

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The Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s vision is better health for all. We produce, summarize and communicate knowledge for the public health sector and healthcare services. Our main activities are emergency preparedness, knowledge and infrastructure. Infrastructure comprises registries, health surveys, biobanks and laboratory services. The Institute is a government organization under the Ministry of Health. We have approximately 1200 employees located in Oslo and Bergen.

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Postdoctoral Position in Public Health/Global Health, Helsetjenester, Folkehelseinstituttet FHI

Application deadline: 10.11.2023
Employer: Folkehelseinstituttet FHI
Town/city: Oslo
Title: Post Doc ved Klynge for global helse
Positions: 1
Full-time/part-time: Full-time
Employment type: Temp
Percentage of full-time: 100
Webcruiter ID: 4717482454

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet, FHI) has a postdoctoral position available for a fixed term of three years. The postdoctoral researcher will work on the project titled “Implementing a life course approach in antenatal and postnatal care settings for prevention and reduction of non-communicable disease risks in Nepal (IpreventNCD)”. This project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council through an international joint call on a life course approach to the prevention and reduction of common non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factors, organized by the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. The IpreventNCD project is led by NIPH and the University of Queensland, and will be carried out in partnership with the University of Bergen, Nepal Health Research Council, Kathmandu University School of Medical Science, and Central Queensland University.

In IpreventNCD, our goal is to work with users and stakeholders to understand the barriers and enablers for implementing NCD risk reduction interventions in antenatal and postnatal care settings in Nepal. We will use these barriers and enablers to develop implementation strategies. Finally, we will assess whether the NCD interventions and implementation strategies are acceptable, feasible, and effective in reducing NCD risks among young women during and after pregnancy.
The postdoctoral researcher will play a central role in mapping the barriers and enablers, as well as in developing implementation strategies in collaboration with users and stakeholders. Two PhD candidates, affiliated with the University of Bergen, but based in Nepal, will also be hired. As a postdoctoral researcher on the project, you will collaborate closely with the researcher team, which includes members from various research institutions, and stakeholders in Nepal. You will have access to the resources and networks of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.

The position will be affiliated with the Global Health Cluster in the Division of Health Services at FHI in Oslo. At FHI, you will be part of the Nepal and Global NCD teams, and the implementation research network. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Acquire a solid understanding of the literature on the implementation of NCD interventions.
  • Examine the barriers and enablers for implementing NCD preventive interventions in antenatal and postnatal care settings in Nepal.
  • Identify implementation strategies tailored to the local context and the identified barriers and enablers.
  • Develop protocols for the assessment of NCD interventions and implementation strategies.
  • Conduct statistical analysis and/or qualitative analysis.
  • Write scientific articles for publication in international journals.
  • Disseminate results in various scientific and popular science forums and contribute to the organization of meetings and seminars.
  • Contribute to the further development of the project, both scientifically and through applications for external funding.
  • Supervise students, including PhD candidates.
  • Maintain and establish national and international collaborations with relevant colleagues and research environments. 

Qualifications 

  • A PhD in medicine, health sciences, public health, global health, social sciences, or a related field.
  • Strong skills in data collection and analysis, and the interpretation of qualitative and/or quantitative data.
  • Experience working in and with partners from low- and middle-income countries, preferably in Nepal.
  • Experience in implementation research is a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally for short periods of time.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Norwegian is desirable but not mandatory. 

Personal Qualities 

  • Ambitious and motivated for research.
  • Reliable and responsible, with a strong work ethic and capacity.
  • Solution-oriented, creative, and proactive.
  • Structured and meticulous.
  • Goal-oriented, skilled in prioritization and self-management.
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, with the ability to develop relationships and networks effectively. 

Offer 

  • A three-year postdoctoral position with a competitive salary in accordance with the government’s pay scale.
  • An interesting job with the opportunity to produce high-quality research results.
  • Access to a large international network of highly qualified researchers.
  • Flexible working hours and good welfare benefits, including on-site exercise opportunities.
  • Good pension benefits through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Type of Appointment: Temporary Start Date: January 1, 2024, or as agreed.

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