Postdoctoral Fellow in the research project “SIBS - Preventing Mental Health Problems in Siblings of Children with Chronic Disorders” - Section for Clinical Psychology 

University of Oslo


December 21, 2021


Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Section for Clinical Psychology

Postdoctoral Fellow in the research project “SIBS - Preventing Mental Health

Problems in Siblings of Children with Chronic Disorders” - Section for Clinical Psychology

Job description

A 2-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Section for Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, is open for candidates with a PhD in Psychology, Medicine or other health-related disciplines. The section carries responsibilities for the Department's research, teaching, innovation and communication in clinical psychology.

More about the position

The appointment is a fulltime position for a period of two years connected to the SIBS research project at the Section for Clinical Psychology.

About the SIBS research project

The SIBS research project is initiated by the Department of Psychology, UiO, and Frambu Resource Centre for Rare Disorders. The research project involves a multidisciplinary consortium of national and international collaborators, including academic institutions, health care authorities and providers, and patient user organizations. The SIBS project focuses on siblings of children with chronic disorders, who have a documented elevated risk for mental health problems and reduced quality of life. The vision of SIBS is to improve the mental health and quality of life in children and adolescents who are siblings of children with chronic disorders. More information about the SIBS project can be found at www. or by contacting the Project Manager.

Currently, the project is conducting a randomized controlled trial (RCT) examining a preventive group intervention for siblings and parents of children with chronic health conditions, involving multiple sites across Norway. The SIBS RCT study is a collaboration with Lillestrøm municipality and is funded by the Research Council of Norway. The aim of the study is to provide municipal health care services with a novel and user-tailored intervention that will allow health providers to offer evidence-based health services to siblings. The study protocol is described in Trials. The SIBS RCT study will generate sibling- and parent-reported questionnaire data, biological data, video data, registry data, and implementation data. This extensive database allows for multiple and various research questions and both quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches. The candidate will take on a central role in executing the research efforts connected with the SIBS RCT study; however, the post doc candidate will be able to take an active part in the development of the research questions and publication plan of the post doc fellowship, which can be accommodated to specific research interests and skills of the candidate.

The post doc candidate will be part of a large international research network. The SIBS project group comprises several national and international senior researchers, as well as three PhD candidates. In addition to being primary author on their own papers, the post doc candidate will be invited to co- author papers of co-workers in the project group. A detailed publication plan for the candidate will be developed based on their interests and qualifications. Please indicate in the application letter if your interest is mainly in genetics/biological data, intervention research, family process research, group dynamics or in specific disorders. Please also describe your experience with and preference for qualitative and/or quantitative approaches.

Qualification requirements
  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in psychology, medicine or other health-related disciplines (PhD). The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation prior to the closing date. The appointment is dependent on the public defense and the doctoral thesis being approved
  • The candidate's research focus must be relevant to ongoing research activities in the SIBS research project. Skills in statistical programs is an advantage as well as interest in and knowledge of the structuring of quantitative -, qualitative- and mixed research designs.
  • The successful applicant will be selected on the basis of educational background, publication record, and interest in the area. Clinical experience within the field of the topic for the SIBS project or experience with other preventive mental health programs will also be considered valuable for the application but is not required.
  • The candidate must have the ability to work in collaborative groups and independently, be structured and goal oriented, have high motivation and be capable of efficient work structure, and have strong relational skills.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English is required.

    Personal skills
  • Ability to work in collaborative groups and independently
  • Structured and goal oriented
  • High motivation and capable of efficient work structure
  • Strong relational skills
  • Dedication to excellence in practice and science
  • Flexibility
  • We offer
  • A salary NOK 563 900 - 650 300 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits
  • A generous pension agreement
  • How to apply

    The application must include

  • Letter of application, max 3 pages, explaining motivation for applying and suitability for the position
  • A CV summarizing education, employment, positions, and academic work.
  • A complete list of publications.
  • Up to three articles that the candidate finds relevant to be considered by the evaluation committee.
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only).
  • A list of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number).
  • When assessing the applications special emphasis will be placed on academic qualifications, the candidate's motivation, and personal suitability. The assessment of the applicants will be performed according to the DORA initiative, emphasizing quality and content rather than quantity, and considering a range of scientific outputs beyond traditional journal publications (e.g. open access sharing of data and code, dissemination etc.). Academic achievements will be assessed in relation to experience, seniority, and career breaks (e.g. parental leave).

    Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be performed as part of the selection process.

    The application with attachments must be delivered through 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).

    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 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.

    Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

    If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

    Contact information

    Project Manager in SIBS, professor Krister Westlye Fjermestad, mobil nr. +47 94201947, e-mail:

    Head of Section, Professor Ole André Solbakken, 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.


    21st December 2021


    University of Oslo




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