25 Aug 2019 Vacancy

Postdoctoral Researcher Global Health

Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) is an independent development research institute based in Bergen, Norway, with around 70 staff members. In cooperation with partners from all over the world, we address key development challenges in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. We combine high quality research with an engagement to make knowledge accessible and used. The main disciplines are economics, political science, and social anthropology.  (www.cmi.no)

Postdoctoral Researcher Global Health

CMI is hiring a Postdoctoral Researcher in a four-year full-time position in cooperation with the Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS) at the University of Bergen. Three years will be devoted to a BCEPs project and one year to a project at the Development Learning Lab (DLL) at CMI, a new initiative in the making. 

The main objectives of BCEPS are:

  • Enhance global knowledge and guidance on progressive realization of universal health coverage in resource poor settings
  • Establish and support in-country capacity to define essential health benefit packages in the three countries (Ethiopia, Malawi, Zanzibar)
  • Support the definition of health benefit packages and follow implementation in the three countries


The main objective of the Developing Learning Lab is:

  • To enhance the effectiveness of development aid interventions through implementation research and dialogue with practitioners and policy makers.


More about BCEPS

Bergen Center 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 with more than 30 excellent researchers. The BCEPS team, led by Director and professor in medical ethics, Ole Frithjof Norheim, is dedicated to becoming a world leading center in health policy priorities and decision support, aiming for better health, reduced inequity, and improved financial risk protection. With sustainable capacity building and impact on ground at its core, the center is educating and bringing together outstanding resources from the most competitive academic environments across the globe – including professionals from both high- and low-income countries – in medicine, statistics, epidemiology, health economics, ethics, and human rights.

BCEPS is supported by Trond Mohn Foundation, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the University of Bergen (UiB), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


About the position

This post doc. will conduct various types of implementation research:

  • Evaluate the benefits and costs of 3 ongoing health interventions in Ethiopia, Malawi and Zanzibar.
  • Follow the implementation of essential health benefit packages in Ethiopia and Zanzibar and design a plan for impact evaluation.
  • Contribute to one health related project at the Development Learning Lab.
  • Supervise PhD candidates in the project
  • Develop policy briefs


Essential skills and qualifications

  • The applicant must hold a PhD degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g., economics, political science, epidemiology) or have the doctoral thesis submitted. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Solid knowledge of quantitative research methods including impact evaluation.
  • A keen interest in pursuing a career within global health research. Candidates who can combine global health research with related thematic areas are welcome to apply.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Skills needed to develop and conduct field-based research in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Personal qualities will be emphasized. The candidate should be able to work independently and interactively in a team setting, be motivated and responsible, have a great work capacity, and have commitment and enthusiasm for communication of research findings to policy makers.


We offer

  • The opportunity to be part of both a leading multidisciplinary development research institute and a dynamic research center on health policy priorities. Work space will be offered in both locations.
  • Salary level 63 (presently NOK 563,700) with further promotion based on seniority.
  • Enrollment in CMI’s insurance and pension plans.
  • Good welfare benefits. 
  • Assistance in moving from abroad.


How to apply

The deadline for application is 25 August 2019. We only accept applications via Jobbnorge.no, job ID 172220.


Please submit the following:

  • Application letter with a description of the applicant’s research interests, motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • CV including complete list of publications. Transcripts and diplomas.
  • Copies of three academic pieces for evaluation.
  • Two references including phone numbers and email addresses.
  • One reference letter.


For further information please contact Director Ottar Mæstad (ottar.mestad@cmi.no) or Professor Ole Frithjof Norheim (ole.norheim@uib.no).