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Call for Expressions of Interest to apply for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships at Nord University: Epidemiology – Women’s health

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    03/05/2021 12:30 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Norway, Bodø
    Nord University
    Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences

“Expression of Interest” by 1st May 2021

The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at Nord University calls for expressions of interest from early career researchers to apply for an EU-funded Marie Skłodowska Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF-2021). We will then work with selected applicants to write their full proposal for the 15th September 2021 deadline. Details at: www.nord.no

The Faculty is especially interested to host and train post-doctoral fellows in women’s health in the field of cardiometabolic disorders and malignancies in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), including the following subjects:

  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes type 2
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovary cancer
  • Endometrial cancer

In addition to the combination of subjects, related topics can also be considered for an individual investigation.

Participants in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) shall be followed up in relevant central, national health registers. The study population are women from Bergen in Norway; Umeå, Gothenburg and Uppsala in Sweden; Aarhus in Denmark; Reykjavik in Iceland and Tartu in Estonia in the RHINE studies I (1990–1994), II (1999–2001), and III (2010–2014).

The successful candidate will be introduced to the RHINE study groups, a network developed by researchers from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Estonia that have been involved in the ECRHS study.

Potential candidates may want to address the following questions:

  • What is the risk of women-specific malignancies among women with PCOS?
  • What is the risk of cardiometabolic disorders among women with PCOS?
  • What are associated factors influencing the risks of women-specific malignancies and cardiometabolic disorders among women with PCOS?

The successful candidate will be supervised by Associate Professor Samira Behboudi-Gandevani, PhD/Reproductive Health and Professor, Mojtaba Vaismoradi, PhD. Also, researchers from the RHINE study group will be invited to participate in the project.

Associate Professor Samira Behboudi-Gandevani, PhD/Reproductive Health has around 10 years of research experience in the field of reproductive health and participation in national cohort studies on cardiovascular and endocrine disorders among women.

Professor Mojtaba Vaismoradi, PhD in Nursing Science is an international researcher that specifically work on patient safety and medicines management. He has a vast research experience in health care and improvement of well-being and quality of life in the community.

Expected qualification of candidates

Candidates must have a PhD within reproductive health/women’s health. We are primarily looking for experienced researchers who wish to use this period as an opportunity to further develop their research, and to develop longer term research collaborations with Nord University and other institutions conducting research in the field. The candidates must be eligible for a Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship.

We are looking for applicants who have:

  • Broad knowledge of women’s health and reproductive endocrinology
  • An excellent track record in research and publications of cohort studies and registry national data, necessary for being able to develop a competitive Marie Curie Fellowship application
  • An open and cooperation-oriented nature, with strong abilities for independent academic work.

MSCA PF eligibility criteria

  • MSCA PF are open to excellent researchers of any nationality.
  • Researchers must be in possession of a doctoral degree.
  • At the call deadline, researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree.
  • Mobility rule: The researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.

Assessment and selection of candidates

Please send a CV, including publications list and a one-page description of the project idea by 1st May 2021 to forskning.fsh@nord.no and vilija.duleviciute@nord.no.

Administrative information on MSCA from Vilija Duleviciute, vilija.duleviciute@nord.no.

In the first step of the process we will choose the candidates for developing competitive MSCA-Postdoctoral grant applications. These qualified candidates will be invited to submit a proposal to the EU funded MSCA-PF programme. Applicants will be shortlisted by an internal panel and informed if they have been selected for the next stage within two weeks, by 15th May 2021.

There will be a training workshop for applicants at the end of May 2021.

The selected applicants will develop their MSCA-PF proposal in cooperation with their future supervisors at the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences. In addition, they will be offered individual consultations and review of their MSCA-PF proposal.


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