1-2 PhD Research Fellow(s) related to Economic Evaluation

University of Oslo
June 20, 2023
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1-2 PhD Research Fellow(s) related to Economic Evaluation Job description

Applicants are invited for a 3-year position in a Research Fellowship as PhD Candidate in Economic Evaluation to be based at the Department of Health Management and Health Economics (HELED), Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo.

HELED is a multidisciplinary department, consisting mostly of economists, social scientists and medical doctors, and conducting research in the fields of health economics, evaluation of health care interventions, health management and health policy, and public health. HELED is organized in four research groups, where this projects falls within the Economic Evaluation group (see https:// www. med.uio.no/helsam/english/about/organization/departments/heled/index.html).

The fellowship period is 3 years and devoted to carrying out deliverables in an EU-sponsored project entitled ASCERTAIN.

The research fellow must take part in the Faculty's approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

More about the position

The position is funded by Horizon 2020 – ASCERTAIN (see https: // www. access2meds.eu/) where HELED is partner. Prof. Eline Aas (partner lead), Ass. Prof Emily Burger and Prof. Eli Feiring are members of the ASCERTAIN (Affordability and Sustainability improvements through new pricing, Cost- Effectiveness and ReimbursemenT models to Appraise iNnovative health technologies) project. The affordability of newly approved innovative health technologies (IHTs) is challenging in many health systems. Health care payers and health care industry across the European Union (EU) have explored different ways of defining payment for new products. Starting in December 2022 the HORIZON funded project ASCERTAIN addresses the need of patients, physicians, payers, regulators, and manufacturers to improve the affordability and accessibility to innovative health technologies (including pharmaceuticals) in Europe.

The PhD position(s) are mainly related to health technology assessment (HTA) modelling, where Oslo has the responsibility and will take lead on one user case, related to precision cancer medicine. In addition, the PhD candidates will contribute to other aspects of the ASCERTAIN project, e.g., meetings, administer the ASCERTAIN project in Oslo.

The applicant must, in collaboration with her/his supervisor, within three months after employment, have worked out a complete project description to be attached to the application for admission to the doctoral program. For more information, please see our web site: Doctoral degree: PhD in medicine and health sciences - Faculty of Medicine (uio.no)

Qualification requirements
  • Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in Economic Evaluation, Health Economics or Statistics.
  • A Master's degree (120 ECTS) with a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The master's degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS, with a minimum grade B.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Experience (courses and/or master thesis) with cost-effectiveness analysis is required
  • Experience (courses and/or master thesis) in programming in R or other programming software, such as STATA and Excel will be valued
  • Experience with individual level data will be valued, but not required
  • Experience in open access modelling will be valued, but not required
  • Personal skills

    When considering the application, we would, in addition to the abovemention criteria, also consider the candidates:

  • Ability to collaborate
  • Interest in learning new methods and tools
  • We offer
  • Salary NOK 532 200 - 575 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017).
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo's family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.
  • How to apply

    The application must include

  • Cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • If needed, documentation of english proficiency
  • A complete list of publications and academic works
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)
  • The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

    When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to applicant's academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

    Formal regulations

    Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

    No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

    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.

    The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

    The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

    The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

    Contact information

    Professor Eline Aas, +47 411 41 924, e-mail: [email protected]

    For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR-adviser Susan Rockwell, e-mail: [email protected]

    About the University of Oslo

    The University of Oslo is Norway's oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

    The Institute of Health and Society is one of three institutes at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo. The Institute covers various disciplines and consists of six departments: General Practice, Health Sciences, Health Management and Health Economics, Medical Ethics, Community Medicine and Global Health and Public Health Science.

    The Institute of Health and Society bases its work on a complex understanding of disease, health and health systems. Culture, environment, economics, society and biology play direct and indirect roles. Our teaching responsibilities include seven Master's programs, one Bachelor program and part of the Faculty's medical school and PhD-program. We employ about 220 FTE and have almost 700 Bachelor and Master students. Annual income is about 200 mill NOK, half of which is external funding. Our researchers play an active part of public policy and disseminate new knowledge through many channels.


    20th June 2023


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