Postdoctoral Fellowship – “Developmental Pathways of Mental Health from Childhood to Middle Adulthood
University of Oslo Department of Psychology

 Postdoctoral Fellowship – “Developmental Pathways of Mental Health from Childhood to Middle Adulthood 


Job description


A Postdoctoral Fellowship are available at the PROMENTA Research Center, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. PROMENTA is a newly established interdisciplinary research center at the Department of Psychology aiming to provide answers to three central questions in mental health, well-being, and drug use research: What processes lead to poor and good mental health, and how? How do social and geographic inequalities in mental health arise? How can we develop, tailor, and evaluate effective interventions in communities to promote good mental health? To address these questions, we examine sources of mental health on a variety of levels, such as genetic risk, neurocognitive development, the psychosocial environment, and the socio-cultural and political context. The center is financed by the Research Council of Norway and contributions from the Department of Psychology. the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and other participating partners. For more information about PROMENTA, please visit


More about the position


The Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely together with other members of PROMENTA to examine pathways of mental health from childhood to middle adulthood. For this purpose, several large-scale, long-term, genetically informed longitudinal studies will be used. By using advanced longitudinal modelling approaches in the framework of structural equation modeling, the project will aim at (1) delineating developmental trajectories of mental health from early childhood to middle adulthood; (2) provide insights into sources of poor and good mental health by using novel causal modeling techniques; and (3) examining sources of social gradients in mental health. The project will provide as such novel knowledge about development of a variety of mental health problems in the internalizing and externalizing domain across several developmental periods.


For more information and a detailed project description, please contact Prof. Tilmann von Soest (


The fellowship is for a period of three years. A 4th year can be considered with the addition of 25 % teaching requirement, depending on the competence of the applicant and the needs of the department.


The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualification requirements


    A PhD degree or similar in relevant fields such as psychology, medicine, or related. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.

    Strong skills in quantitative data analysis

    Experience with complex longitudinal data analysis and structural equation modelling will constitute a clear advantage.

    Experience in research in the fields of mental health and developmental psychology is an advantage.

    Familiarity with genetically informed studies (behavioral genetics, molecular genetics) is an advantage.

    Excellent English skills, orally and in writing are required.

    Enthusiasm for the topic and for participating in building up a new research center.

    Plans for high-quality research within the project, as evidenced by the required three-page letter of application, explaining the motivation for applying and how own qualifications are suitable for the announced position.

    Personal suitability, motivation and willingness to collaborate with academics from diverse backgrounds.


We offer


    salary NOK 515 200 – 576 100 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)

    a professionally stimulating working environment in a newly established research center at the Department of Psychology

    Opportunities for extensive collaboration with our international collaborators

    Favorable pension and social welfare benefits

    Attractive welfare arrangements


How to apply


The application must include


    Letter of application, max. 3 pages, explaining the motivation for applying and how own qualifications are suitable for the announced postdoc position.

    Curriculum vitae summarizing education, positions and academic work.

    Copies of educational certificates

    publications/academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.

    Names and contact details of at least two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and telephone number).


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. 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.


In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.


It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations


Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.


No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.


According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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 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 Tilmann von Soest, e-mail:


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 Department of Psychology is one of seven units of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has 75 permanent and 70 temporary members of scientific staff. Degrees are offered at bachelor and master level, plus a clinical training programme, and the PhD programme has 140 students.



Deadline            26.05.2019


Employer           University of Oslo


Municipality        Oslo


Scope               Fulltime


Duration           Fixed Term


Jobbnorge ID    169267












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