Dear all,

Below is a vacant position for Norwegian Institute of Public Health:

Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Modelling – Folkehelseinstituttet

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, research and health analysis, risk assessment and systematic reviews, providing advice, services, communication and infrastructure for knowledge. Infrastructure for knowledge comprises registries, health surveys, biobanks and laboratory services. The Institute is a government organization under the Ministry of Health. We have approximately 950 employees located in Oslo and Bergen.

The Institute is an Inclusive Working Life (IA) employer and is committed to diversity. We urge qualified candidates to apply for a job with us, regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnic or national background.

Division of Infection Control and Environmental Health is one of four divisions at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. This division is working to prevent infectious diseases and reduce damage to health caused by environmental factors. Key activities are emergency preparedness, investigations, consultancy, laboratory services and research, both at national and international levels.

A full time permanent position as statistician is vacant at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Modelling. Main activities in the department are design, analyses and evaluation using quantitative methods and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to other departments. There are 20 employees in the department with different professional background: statistics, bioinformatics, modelling, health economics, medicine and epidemiology that form very dynamic and nice working environment cooperating with both national and international research groups.

In the first two years (2019-2020), the job related tasks are primarily within activities of a transdisciplinary European Joint Programme (One Health EJP). One of the tasks in this project is to improve surveillance of infectious diseases by inclusion of veterinary data to the existing Norwegian Syndromic Surveillance System (NorSySS). NorSySS has been built up in-house to detect municipal level outbreaks of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections based on diagnoses codes from general practitioners in Norway. Municipal health authorities receive outbreak notifications through automated emails and interactive dashboards. You will be part of the team working on developing this system. Other opportunities for possible later involvement include disease burden modelling and development of monitoring systems using the rich Norwegian registries and participation in research projects.

Job description

Perform regression and time series analyses and data management tasks within the One Health EU project
Plan and carry out statistical analyses to evaluate measures, disease burden estimation, and emergency and preparedness tasks in interdisciplinary projects
Contribute to the department’s activities like provision of advisory services, expertise and training to other departments
Writing scientific articles for publication in national and international journals and disseminating results to key actors in Norway and abroad
Participate actively in the department’s research and project activities


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree, preferably PhD.) in statistics or related field is required
Proven experience in using infectious disease epidemiological methods, infectious disease modelling, interactive web dashboards (R-Shiny), Docker and continuous integration (CI) is desired
Work experience in project coordination and transdisciplinary cooperation
Quantitative statistical methods: regression and time series analyses
Programming in R and Python
Fluency in English and Norwegian/Scandinavian

Personal qualities

is systematic, organised and result oriented
likes challenges and innovative solutions
has a high working capacity, ability to work independently
has the ability to work effectively as part of a transdisciplinary team
is highly motivated and competent with a wide range of skills and experience

We offer

Worthwhile, challenging and rewarding career in the field of infection control and environmental health statistics
An attractive and interesting job with varied tasks
Engaged colleagues who emphasize professionalism and cooperation
Salary by agreement according to state regulation
Possibility for physical exercise during working hours
Pension scheme in the Government Pension Fund
Flexible working hours

Key info:
Ref. nr.: 1884 SM
Full or part time (%): 100%
Number of positions: 1

Contact info:
Gry Grøneng
+47 47333004

Birgitte Freiesleben de Blasio
+47 47679077 

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