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Postdoc in Epidemiology- University of Copenhagen

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Department of Public Health – Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen is looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 2-3 year postdoc to commerce on January 1st 2021.

The Postdoc will be part of epidemiological research projects, which utilize the opportunities nested within large and complex national and international datasets, including nationwide registers.

Information on the Section of Epidemiology can be found at: https://publichealth.ku.dk/about-the-department/section-epidemiology/


The Postdoc will be part of an interdisciplinary and dynamic research group in Complexity and Big Data Epidemiology at the Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen: https://publichealth.ku.dk/about-the-department/section-epidemiology/research-epi/complexity-and-big-data/. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in an international research environment. Application and development of new causal inference based methodology in epidemiology is one of our core strengths. The candidate will also be part of an international early career training network within the framework of the IDEAR network (www.idear-net.net), which will provide an excellent opportunity for international network building and epidemiological training


The Postdoc will be part of large international epidemiological research projects such as the DANLIFE project, which utilize unique register-based data sources with high-resolution data from infancy into adult life to uncover the impact of childhood social adversities on morbidity and mortality across the life span. The postdoc will also be involved in the Working Environment Resources project aimed at identifying resources at the workplace that can promote employee health. The work tasks include data management of large register-based studies, scientific work related to childhood adversities and/or working environment, statistical analyses of large complex data materials, writing scientific papers and teaching.


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

  • You have a PhD in Epidemiology, Public Health, Data Science or related sciences
  • You are highly experienced in working with large and complex dataset, preferable also register-based studies
  • You have an active interest in public health and epidemiology
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken
Place of employment

The place of employment is at Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2-3 years. Starting date is January 1st 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,600 DKK/ approx. 4,650 Euro (April 2020-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a Ph.D. degree and have not lived in Denmark for the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.


For further information please contact Head of Section, Professor Naja Hulvej Rod [email protected], tel. 35 32 67 35

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

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1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills, and other skills relevant for the position.

3. A certified/signed copy of a) Ph.D. certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the Ph.D. is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications.

Application deadline: 14 October 2020, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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