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PhD Research Fellowship in statistics
Department of Mathematics, University of Oslo

Company Information: This is an opportunity to join one of Europe’s most active statistics communities at an exciting time. Currently, the department includes 10 tenured faculty members in statistics and several PhD students, making up a group of about 25. Statistics at the University of Oslo is internationally recognized, with interests spanning a broad range of areas (including space-time data, model selection, mathematical statistics, time-to-event models, data integration, copula and dependence models, statistical genomics, Bayesian inference, stochastic models, high dimensional data and models) and numerous collaborations with leading research groups nationally and internationally. In the 2012 national research evaluation, the Statistics section was judged as excellent by an international committee. In total the statistics research community in Oslo includes around 100 members.
Big Insight and the University of Oslo offer a lively and socially rewarding environment, with many common activities, like the organization of an international Junior Research Lab and a broad visitor program, with guests from the best universities. Funding for travelling to conferences and summer schools is available.

Position Title: PhD Research Fellowship in statistics

Duties and Responsibilities: A PhD research fellowship in statistics is available at the Statistics Section of the Department of Mathematics of the University of Oslo, Norway.

The fellowship is for a period of 3 years, with starting date to be agreed upon and as soon as possible.

The PhD position is part of the recently funded centre for research-based innovation Big Insight, a consortium of academic, industrial and public partners, with a funding of about 4 million Euro annually for eight years starting from 2015. Big Insight develops original statistical and machine learning methodologies and analytical and computational tools to extract knowledge from complex and big data. Big Insight is a leading international centre in model-based statistics for complex, high dimensional data, addressed towards innovation. Big Insight is a consortium of 13 partners: The Norwegian Computing Centre, the University of Oslo (Department of Mathematics and Department of Biostatistics), the Oslo University Hospital (Cancer Registry, Department of Tumour Biology, Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology), the University of Bergen (Department of Mathematics), and industrial, public and business partners: ABB, DNB, DNV-GL, Gjensidige, Norsk Hydro, NAV, the Norwegian Tax Administration, Telenor and Statistics Norway.
The fellowships will be part of a larger program on personalised fraud detection. The successful PhD candidate will develop new statistical methodology for detecting different types of fraud, including insurance, social security and tax fraud, as well as for anti-money laudering. The increasing incidence of fraud may have serious financial implications for many organisations, and fraud detection is therefore highly prioritised. As the total number of cases to consider typically is much too high for all of them to be thoroughly investigated and such investigations in addition are costly, good methods for predicting whether an actual case is fraudulent or not are required. The project will involve among others development of statistical and machine-learning techniques for prediction, classification, anomaly detection and dimension reduction.
The PhD studies at the University of Oslo are characterized by a strong research profile: the PhD thesis usually includes several papers which are published in leading scientific journals, while the candidates are required to take a small number of advanced courses as part of the training component of their degree.

Position Qualifications: Applicants must have a Master of Science degree in statistics, mathematics, computer science, or a related quantitative subject with proven competence in statistics. Excellent results in the MSc studies are required.
Candidates without a Master’s degree have time until June 30th, 2018 to complete the final exam.
The ideal candidate has some experience in methodological statistics, and an outstanding potential and genuine interest to develop statistical methodology that solves key applied problems within the present project themes. Proven experience in programming is required. We seek highly motivated and skilled persons, able to work effectively as part of a team, who are eager to both gain and share insight while being focused on publishing papers in leading international journals.
The working language is English and excellent knowledge of spoken and written English is required.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The applications to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the positions.

Salary Range: Pay grade: 50 – 57 (NOK 430 500 – 483 700 per year)

Benefits: The PhD candidate will be employed by the University of Oslo, thus enjoying all legal benefits in such a position, including health insurance, pension contributions and family welfare benefits.


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Application Deadline: 01/31/2018