Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Call for research fellows interested in a MSCA Individual Fellowship in Neurology/ Neuroepidemiology

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    28/04/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Norway, Bergen
    Haukeland university hospital, Norway
    Department of Neurology
    Bergen Epilepsy Research Group

Haukeland University Hospital (HUH) in Bergen, Norway is looking to recruit and support excellent junior scientists from outside Norway who plan to submit applications for independent research fellowships through the mobility program Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF). The call is aimed at talented, young researchers within the field of Neurology/ Neuroepidemiology (more information under “Who should apply”). 

We invite prospective candidates who envisage HUH as their host institution to be part of our application support program:

Prospective research fellows will be selected by HUH supervisors and invited to Bergen for a MSCA-IF application writing workshop on June 3-5, 2019, free of charge.

HUH will reimburse all travel and accommodation costs for the participants.

After the workshop, the candidates will get further support in the application process by experienced advisors until the submission deadline on the 12th of September 2019.


How can a MSCA IF at HUH enhance your research career?

Haukeland University Hospital has a high international profile with close collaboration and shared infrastructure with the University of Bergen. With a MSCA fellowship at HUH, you will develop research experience and autonomy, hone your professional skills and grow your international profile and network. You will also live in a charming, vibrant and international city and benefit from the advantageous working conditions enjoyed in Norway.

HUH offers: 

  • An excellent research environment with dedicated top researchers
  • An excellent assemblage of state-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • An attractive remuneration package including top-up funding to ensure Norwegian standard salary for postdocs (> the EC contribution). (Yearly salary from 520 000 kr before taxes).
  • Free courses in transferable skills
  • Free assistance from the Bergen Technology Transfer office (BTO)
  • Flexible working time
  • Attractive welfare schemes
  • Norway provides attractive conditions for families including affordable kindergartens, free school for children from 6 years and above (in State or Communal schools) and the facilitation of social integration of foreigners from early childhood.

Who should apply?

We are looking for ambitious, creative and scientifically curious early career researchers who meet the eligibility criteria for the MSCA IF program. You must have a strong track record commensurate to your experience; a clear idea of what you will achieve during your fellowship and how you will succeed; and a reflexive understanding of your career development needs.

In this call, we search for talented, young researchers within the field of Neurology/ Neuroepidemiology as presented by Associated Professor Marte H. Bjørk and Professor Nils Erik Gilhus:

Bergen Epilepsy Research Group (BERG) has a major focus on the effects of antiepileptic drugs taken by female patients with epilepsy from conception until giving birth on the developing child. We are especially interested in variation between different types of antiepileptic drugs as well as the interactions between antiepileptic drugs and genetic and environmental risk factors.  We are examining a large Norwegian cohort with more than 100 000 individuals (MoBa; The Norwegian Mother and Child study), and combining this with data from the compulsory Norwegian Birth Registry and the MoBa biobank.

BERG is based at Department of Neurology, Haukeland University Hospital and Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen. The research group has around 15 active members, including researchers from neurology, obstetrics, epidemiology, pharmacology, neurophysiology, and pediatrics. We have recently received major funding for a joint Nordic project (SCAN-AED; The Scandinavian Antiepileptic Drug Teratogenicity Study). The SCAN-AED links 17 population registries from four Nordic countries. The database will yield individual level data from around 4 million births in 2019. The goal is to study rare outcomes of in utero antiepileptic drug exposure, as well as interactions between environmental and pharmacological factors.

Furthermore, Department of Neurology has recently received major funding for the first national research center for clinical treatment (Neuro-Sysmed), to perform research on severe brain disorders. BERG has annually published 5-15 original papers in high-impact journals, includes 7 PhD-candidates and several postdocs. The research takes place in a clinical context, near to and associated with ongoing treatment and diagnostic work.  

We seek a candidate with interest in working with large epidemiological datasets using STATA programming, or a candidate with interests in genetic epidemiology.

Examples of projects:

The interaction between antiepileptic drug exposure in pregnancy and maternal psychiatric disease for the risk of childhood autism based on Nordic population data.

The impact of maternal genetic risk factors and low folate levels on risk of developmental delay in children of mothers using antiepileptic drugs.

Does high dose folic acid in women using antiepileptic drugs in pregnancy increase long-term cancer risk in mother and child in the Nordic population?

Bergen Epilepsy Research Group https://www.uib.no/en/rg/epilepsy

Marte Bjørk https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Marte-Helene.Bj%C3%B8rk

Nils Erik Gilhus https://www.uib.no/personer/Nils.Erik.Gilhus

MSCA IF eligibility criteria:

  • The program is open for all academic disciplines.
  • A researcher can move to a country that is a member of the European Union or an associated country to conduct research for up to 24 months.
  • Before applying, the researcher should have a PhD-degree or 4 years of research experience after attained master's degree and there is no upper age limit after achieving the PhD-degree.
  • The researcher cannot have been living or have had his main occupation in the country of the host institution (Norway) for more than 12 months within the last 3 years counting from the time of application. The researcher can come from anywhere in the world.
  • The 2019th call is not open yet, but it will be very similar to the last call: here

How to apply?

Applications should include the following:

Cover letter outlining your eligibility and motivation for applying (max 1 side A4)

Short summary of the proposed project (max 1 page)

CV (max 2 pages plus a list of publications and full contact details)

Please send the application documents to forskning@helse-bergen.no

Application deadline: 17th February 2019.

The supervisors will conduct skype interviews and notify selected candidates by mid-March 2019.

For more information, please contact: forskning@helse-bergen.no


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