Post-doctoral stipends (2 years) in register-based research

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Two post-doctoral stipends of two years are announced by the research program “Microdata research on childhood for lifelong health and welfare” which is funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) through the Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM, The research program is also funded by Umeå University and ’Kempestiftelserna’.

Research group and program: The national SIMASM network consists of six research nodes and a graduate school. The Umeå SIMSAM node (, has embarked on a long-term endeavour towards improved understanding of the interplay between different aspects of childhood throughout the life course and how lifelong health and welfare is influenced. We believe that combining social and medical sciences together with novel statistical research is crucial with respect to gaining a better understanding of how a diverse range of interlinked factors contribute to health and welfare. Extraordinary opportunities for conducting pioneering cross-boundary research can be generated by linking information from  “the Swedish micro-data gold-mine ”, i.e. by linking Swedish registers containing information on for instance demographic, geographic, socioeconomic, life style and medical variables. About 50 scholars from a wide range of disciplines have joined the Umeå SIMSAM node, including senior researchers, guest researchers, post docs, and PhD students. Furthermore, the Umeå node is coordinating the national SIMSAM network involving researchers also from Karolinska Institutet, Lund University and Stockholm University.

Now you have the opportunity to join our multidisciplinary research team at Umeå University as we announce 2 new postdoc positions. The details of each postdoctoral project will be elaborated in collaboration with the successful applicants. We especially welcome projects where the applicant has, within his or her area of interest, a specific research question that can be investigated using Swedish registers. In our multidisciplinary environment we can provide collaborations and support within for example: Epidemiology and Global Health, especially child health issues, including coeliac disease (Anneli Ivarsson); Human Geography, especially regional development (Urban Lindgren); Environmental Medicine, especially effects of air pollution, drinking water and/or extreme weather (Bertil Forsberg); Sociology, especially family structures and labour market position (Karina Nilsson); and Statistics, especially causal inference and life course analyses based on microdata  (Xavier de Luna). We can also provide connections to other senior researchers working at Umeå University. For further information, please visit the webpage of the Umeå SIMSAM node:

Position description
The positions are initially available for two years as tax-exempt stipends with the possibility of extension dependent upon available funding.
 Each position will be located at one of the following departments/units: Epidemiology and Public Health, Statistics, Sociology, Human Geography or Occupational and Environmental Medicine depending on the profile of the applicants. 

Application details:
We are looking for enthusiastic candidates which
 should hold a PhD degree or be close to finishing their PhD in a relevant discipline for the research program (see above). The PhD degree should not be older than three years at the final date of the application. Applicants who have previously held a postdoctoral fellowship in the same or a related field at Umeå University are not eligible.

The applications will be judged based on the quality of the scientific publications and the research proposal. Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English. Candidates who received their PhD degrees from other universities than Umeå University are encouraged to apply.Applicants should submit a letter of intent, their CV, a publication list, a research proposal (maximum three pages), copies of relevant exam certificates and the contact details of three references.

For further information please contact:

Professor Xavier de Luna
+46 90 7865559

Professor Bertil Forsberg
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
+46 90 7852751

Associate Professor Anneli Ivarsson 
Epidemiology and Global health 

Urban Lindgren
Human Geography
+46 90 7865539

Associate Professor Karina Nilsson

 Union information is available from SACO, +46-(0)90-786 5365, SEKO, +46-(0)90-7865296 and ST, +46-(0)90-786 5431.

Your complete application, marked with reference number 223-1054-12, should be sent to (please state the reference number as subject) or to the Registrar, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå Sweden, to arrive May 31st, 2012 at the latest.

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