Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Public Health with Focus on Health Economic Assessments of Nutritional Measures

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Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Public Health with Focus on Health Economic Assessments of Nutritional Measures
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About the position

A fixed-term 100% position is available for a period of 3 years at the University of Agder, Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Public Health Sciences with a focus on health economic evaluation, affiliated to the Department of Nutrition and Public Health. The position is located at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable with the faculty, but will preferably take place in spring 2022.

The faculty has four (4) departments: Department of Nutrition and Public Health, Department of Health and Nursing Science, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education and Department of Psychosocial Health. The Post-doctoral position will be affiliated with the Priority Research Centre Lifecourse Nutrition and related to the project “Nutrition Now - Scaling up evidence-based-early-life nutrition interventions for community resilience and lifecourse health”.

Nutrition Now is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is a collaborative project between, among others, the University of Agder, Arendal municipality and Agder county. Nutrition Now aims to improve nutrition among pregnant women, infants, and the youngest children in the municipality. In the project, we are to adapt and implement previously developed diet and nutritional e-learning resources addressing diet during pregnancy, infancy, and toddlerhood. The project targets preschools, maternity care, health nurses and parents or other care providers for infants and young children. It will evaluate how the e-learning resources are implemented and used in the section for childcare and youth services (health nurses and preschool employees) and by end-users (pregnant women and parents). Further, a cost-effectiveness evaluation of dietary changes will be conducted.


The successful candidate will have the main responsibility for the evaluation of health economic effects from the interventions, by 1) assessing health economic effects pertaining to the implementation of the intervention, and 2) assessing health economic long-term effects of early-life nutritional interventions by using data from relevant cohorts and literature search in simulation models.

The Post-doctoral Research Fellow will work actively in multiple phases of the project with responsibility for health economic perspectives and will participate in data collection and project development in the project as a whole. The person will work closely with researchers in the international research front of evaluating long-term effects and societal benefits of early efforts to promote life-long health, development, and well-being. 

Responsibilities are:

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Writing articles and publication of results

A detailed description of the project may be requested from the leader of the project, Professor Nina C. Øverby,

Required qualifications
  • A doctoral degree in a relevant research area, e.g., health economics, public health, nutrition, or another relevant area. Only candidates with an approved doctoral thesis before the application deadline will be considered for the position.
  • Good communication skills in the English language, both verbal and in writing.

Further provisions relating to the positions as Post-doctoral Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident. The working language at the University of Agder is Norwegian.

Desired qualifications
  • Experience with quantitative research methods
  • Experience with health economic modelling
  • Experience with teamwork

Personal qualities
  • Flexible with collaborative skills
  • Independent, structured, and effective
  • Focused on progress
  • Analytic and reflected

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

We offer
  • Participation in the Priority Research Centre Lifecourse Nutrition
  • Professional development in a large, exciting, and socially influential organisation
  • A positive, inclusive, and diverse working environment
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers 
  • Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352, NOK 544 400 – 618 600 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability, or an incomplete CV.

Men are strongly encouraged to apply for the position. 

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before the appointment. Read more about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right. 

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Certificates with grades
  • List of publications
  • Doctoral thesis
  • Up to 10 academic articles and R&D projects which the candidate wishes to particularly emphasise for the assessment process
  • Motivation letter for the position

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. We must note that we cannot assess the application if supporting documents are absent.  All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 18 October 2021.


For questions about the position:

  • Prof. Nina C. Øverby, tel: +47 38 14 13 24, mobile: +47 99 25 20 12, e-mail:
  • Prof. Elisabet R. Hillesund, tel: +47 38 14 12 85, mobile: +47 48 21 69 88 e-mail: e-post:
  • Senior adviser Erik Grasaas, tel:+47 38 14 17 03, e-mail

For questions about the application process:

  • Senior adviser Turid Ervik, tel. +47 37 23 37 71, e-mail

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

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