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A PhD position is available from 15 December 2015 at the Section of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

The project
Poor psychosocial work environment has been suggested to increase the risk of a number of chronic conditions, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, and mental health problems, but there is still some controversy about the findings. One approach to improve confidence in observational evidence is a closer examination of potential mediating mechanisms that might underlie the association between work-related psychosocial factors and health. Increased understanding of mediation could also help identify potential targets of intervention, both in the work environment and in the causal chain leading to disease and disability. Given the long time span between the exposure and hypothesized health consequences, repeat data on the exposure, potential mediating factors and health outcomes are a key element in this evaluation. The PhD project will be embedded in a Nordic collaboration with researchers in Sweden and Finland working on the same project. The overall project is aimed at determining the psychological, behavioral and biological pathways linking work-related psychosocial factors to increased risk of morbidity, reduced disease-free life expectancy, and disability based on longitudinal modelling of multiple highly-characterized cohort studies from several European countries.

Qualifications
We are seeking a highly motivated and productive candidate with a Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health, Medicine or Social Sciences. Previous involvement in research projects is an advantage.

Complex epidemiological and statistical methods are needed to conduct counterfactual-based mediation analyses and documented knowledge of advanced epidemiological and statistical methodology is a prerequisite for the position.

Place of work
The PhD Fellow will be part of an interdisciplinary and dynamic research group in Psychosocial Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen and will also be affiliated with Section of Biostatistics. 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.

Salary and employment
Employment is for a three-year period and is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) on 1 October 2008, enclosure 5. PhD fellows are covered by the regulations pertaining to ‘new salaries’ for public employees and the salary is therefore subject to individual negotiation. The PhD fellow is obliged to carry out – without additional pay – allocated teaching-related tasks, etc. of up to 840 working hours during their period of employment.

In addition to conducting research, the PhD candidate will be expected, over the three-year period, to acquire experience in teaching or other types of presentations.

The PhD scholarships are subject to academic approval in accordance with Executive Order no. 284 of 25 April 2008 regarding employment of teachers and scientific staff at universities, etc. under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Applicants will be informed of the composition of the committee. The Executive Order is available at www.ku.dk/regel (in Danish).

Application
Apply by clicking "Apply online" below. Please note that only online applications will be accepted. Application deadline is 5 November 2015.

The application must be written in English and should consist of the following:
-Motivated letter of application (max 2 pages). Please briefly describe your previous research experiences and interests as well as what attracts you to the position in terms of both the topic and the academic work.
-Curriculum vitae detailing education, work, research and teaching experiences, conference presentations, publication record, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
-Documentation of knowledge on advanced epidemiological methodology, e.g. a list of epidemiological and statistical methods you have worked with and in which context
-Official transcripts of examination results
-A certified/signed copy of degree certificate(s)
-A sample of your academic writing (e.g. a scientific paper, a research report for a course or thesis)
-Contact information for two reference persons

Questions
For specific information about the project, please contact Head of the research group in Psychosocial Epidemiology, Associate Professor Naja Hulvej Rod nahuro@sund.ku.dk, tel. 35 32 67 35, or Associate Professor Theis Lange thlan@sund.ku.dk.

University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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 http://employment.ku.dk.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises app. 7500 students, app. 1500 PhD students and app. 3200 employees. The Faculty creates new knowledge and recognition through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions for the benefit of patients and the community.

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