3 PhD positions in health economics (3 years)
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3 PhD positions in health economics (3 years)
At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Global Public Health and Primary
Care, 3 PhD positions (100%) are available for a period of three (3)
years, starting April 1, 2022. The positions are located at ”Bergen Centre for
Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS)” and funded through the NORAD project
“Defining and integrating essential NCD interventions in national health
About the project/work tasks:
Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS), situated at the
Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care at the University of
Bergen, is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to studying the
ethics and economics of priority setting in health. It provides decision
support to countries on the path to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – in
partial fulfilment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). BCEPS
seeks to build scientific and technical capacity in the field of health care
priority setting in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by using
established methods of priority setting and applying these to concrete
priority setting challenges (e.g. defining national essential health care
packages) in collaboration with local partners.
The objectives for this project are to:
1. Develop and propose essential NCD UHC packages in Tanzania, Nepal and
2. Train national experts in health economics and priority setting. A number
of PhD candidates and Master's students will be recruited from the selected
3. Develop recommendations for integrated delivery of priority interventions
in the selected countries.
BCEPS is responsible for achieving outcomes 1 & 2, while Harvard Medical
School's Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Integration Science in Global
Health Delivery is responsible for outcome 3.
The University of Bergen invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a
PhD training opportunity through BCEPS at the Department of Global Public
Health and Primary Care. This PhD opportunity will focus on revising and
evaluating impact of the national essential health care package for NCD
services in the three countries (Tanzania, Nepal and Ghana). There will be
one PhD hired for each country, but the candidate will be based in Bergen,
Qualifications and personal qualities:
Required qualifications. The applicant must:
hold a master's degree or equivalent in economics, public health or public
have experience with applied research in the respective country the
applicant aims to work in (Tanzania, Nepal or Ghana)
be able to work independently in a structured manner and to cooperate with
be fluent in spoken and written English, and a local language for the
country that the candidate applies for
Qualifications considered to be an added advantage:
have experience with applied work on health priorities in low-income
2-3 years' work experience in an academic, public health, or other
aptitude and interest in quantitative social science research methods
experience with basic principles in health economic evaluations
experience from relevant research projects will be considered as positive
experience with non-communicable disease policy
Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also
attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to
English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these
languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT
whether the education (bachelor and master degree) in question is of a scope
and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master's degree. Please
see www. nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT's general recognition.
The review from NOKUT may take some time and the application should be sent to
NOKUT as soon as you have decided to apply for the position. If no answer
within the application deadline, you may enclose documentation from NOKUT that
they have received your application. Language qualifications:
https:// www. uib.no/en/med/115526/english-language-requirements-phd-admission
About the PhD position (applies to university PhD positions):
Organised research training (PhD programme):
The candidate must take part in the University of Bergen approved PhD
programme leading to a completed doctorate within a time limit of 3 years. You
must have admission to the organised research training (PhD programme) at
the Faculty in order to qualify for the PhD position. Application for
admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline, must be
submitted no later than three months after the date of commencement.
The PhD position:
PhD positions are fixed-term positions. You cannot be employed in a PhD
position for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution or have
had similar employment at another institution in the region.
We can offer:
Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong
Salary level 54 (code 1017/pay range 20.10) NOK 491 200 before taxes, in
accordance with the state salary scale. Further increases in salary will
be based on seniority in the position. For applicants with at least one
year of employment in a position as a General Practitioner or Dentist,
salary level 56 NKR 507 600. Medical specialist start on wage level 59 NKR
Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Good welfare benefits
Your application must include:
A brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for
the position (maximum two pages).
Certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades. Applicants whose
education is from a country other than Norway, need to attach a certified
translation of their diploma and transcript of grades to English or a
Scandinavian language if the original is not in any of these languages. It
is compulsory for the applicant to enclose a review from NOKUT to document
whether the education in question (bachelor's and master's degree) is of
a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master's
degree. Please see www. nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT's
general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend that you
apply as soon as you have decided to apply for this position. If you have
not received an answer before the application deadline, please enclose
documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.
Documentation of language skills (English)
https:// www. uib.no/en/med/115526/english-language-requirements-phd-
A complete list of publications and scientific work you want to be
Any publication(s) in your name.
Two referees (name and contact information).
For further information, please contact project leaders Professor Ole Frithjof
Norheim, BCEPS, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +47 55586145 or Professor
Kjell Arne Johansson, BCEPS, E-mail: email@example.com, phone: +47
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the
greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with
disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information
when recruiting staff for academic positions.
Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has
asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant
must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.
The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the
position at all times.
For further information about the recruitment process, click here.
Life as a PhD candidate at UiB
Marion Claireaux tells about life and work as a PhD candidate at UiB.
About The University of Bergen
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31st January 2022
University of Bergen
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