Postdoctoral position in psychology and epidemiology on adverse childhood experiences and high-risk employment

The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites candidates for a fully funded postdoctoral position in psychology and epidemiology.


Qualification Details

The candidate must have obtained a PhD degree in epidemiology, psychology,public health, psychiatry or a related field, and must have experience with quantitative analyses of large data sets. Experience with register data management and analyses is an asset, but not a prerequisite. The candidate must be able to work independently under supervision. Collaborative skills and team spirit is in high regards. Strong English skills as well as scientific writing skills are necessary. For the right candidate, there will be ample possibilities to influence the project and develop new project ideas within the project frame.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The position and the project

The successful candidate will work on the project Adverse childhood experiences and high-risk employment” funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Psychology (UCPH), the Danish Veteran Centre, and the Department of Public Health (UCPH). The research group combines expertise within psychology, public health, medicine and statistics. In this project, we aim to study if and how adverse childhood experiences are related to seeking high-risk employment such as military deployments and police work. Further, we aim to investigate how such adverse childhood experiences are related to mental health problems in adult life, and how this potential association is affected by experiences during military deployment. The project is based on extensive life-course data from the Danish registries including everyone born in Denmark in 1980 or later. Further, survey data from previously deployed military personnel is included.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will work independently with data from the Danish Registries. Main responsibilities include data management and data analyses, as well as manuscript preparation and communication of research results to the scientific community as well as to relevant stakeholders for example in the Danish Defense.

How to Apply?

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Application Procedure

Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply. The documents must be in Adobe PDF or Word. Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diploma (master and bachelor)
  • Other relevant material

About the Department

The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen ( is a vibrant, inclusive workplace hosting a large group of faculty, post docs and PhD-students. The research of the department covers a wide range of topics and methodologies, and has an international work environment. The social science campus is located in the inner city of Copenhagen, close to the metro and other means of transportation. The area is tranquil with the Botanical Gardens as backyard, while at the same time; it is quite lively with for example Torvehallerne nearby. Copenhagen is a lovely, vibrant, welcoming city with ample possibilities for active free time. Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences The Department of Psychology is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The Faculty is a successful academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by:
  • Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change.
  • Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who have the vision, the knowledge and the competences to change society for the better.
  • Energising global, European and Danish communities of knowledge by innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact
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Terms of Employment

Contact Details

For information about the project and the position, please contact PI Associate Professor Karen-Inge Karstoft, Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail: refer to ID number: 211-1288/22-2I #1