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Epidemiology – 2 Postdoc positions in Psychiatric epidemiology – Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus University (AU)


The Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University  invites applications for two positions as postdoctoral research fellows in the field of psychiatric epidemiology and register-based research – Denmark, Oct 2021.

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 2
Research Field: , , , , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2022
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Faculty of Health
Department of Clinical Epidemiology
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus N,

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Qualification Details

You have academic qualifications at PhD/DSc level preferably within one or more of the following areas: epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, data science, medicine, health sciences, demography, or a related quantitative field, and/or can document familiarity with epidemiological research at an international level. Research experience in mental health would be advantageous, but not essential. Research experience in epidemiologic methods, analysing and incorporating data from Danish (or other) registries would be useful, particularly data incorporating socioeconomic, mortality or health data. As a person, you are motivated, ambitious, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English (Danish is an advantage). In order to be assessed as qualified for this position, you must meet these academic criteria.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The main tasks will consist of:

  • Research in psychiatric epidemiology and/or health measurement.
  • Make applications as needed for access to Danish population-based registries or other types of data.
  • Perform statistical analysis using programmes such as SAS, Stata, R, or equivalent.
  • Collaborate within an active research group with national and international collaborators.
  • Contribute to teaching at Aarhus University and its collaborators, as necessary.
  • Take part in grant writing and participate actively in research fundraising.
  • Gain experience supervising students.
  • Conduct independent research of high international quality, including publications.
  • Write scientific articles and participate in international congresses.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Your application must include the following:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted
  • Template for applicant - postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’
  • Strategic research plan can be uploaded
  • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

About the Department

The Department of Clinical Epidemiology is a research department at Aarhus University Hospital, within the Institute of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University. Researchers in the department use advanced epidemiological methods to study different topics related to health research. The department is engaged in a variety of activities regarding epidemiological research, including mental health research. Furthermore, the department is involved in counselling health care professionals to improve the quality of health care and treatment. A large number of projects in the department are carried out in cooperation with Danish and international collaborators. More information on The Department of Clinical Epidemiology: https://kea.au.dk/

About the Project

The position entails research related to the epidemiology of mental disorders and novel ways to estimate health measurement. The main themes of the research projects are described briefly below.THEME 1: Excess comorbidity and mortality in mental disorders: understanding the role of socio-economic statusThe main aim of this project is to use population-based registers from the entire Danish population to quantify the contribution of socio-economic status (SES) on the excessive comorbidity and mortality observed in those who suffer from mental disorders. By using information on SES at different levels (individual, family, and neighbourhood), and epidemiological methods related to spatial analysis, mediation analysis and causal inference, this project aims to provide a comprehensive study of the complex and bidirectional links between mental disorders and SES in regards to excess comorbidity and mortality.THEME 2: New methods to examine excess mortality among those with mental disordersThe main aim of this project is to use population-based registers from the entire Danish population to investigate in detail the association between mental disorders and mortality. Although there is robust evidence demonstrating that those with mental disorders have premature mortality, several topics could be covered. Some examples include (i) to investigate mortality associated with childhood mental disorders; (ii) to describe variation in life expectancy for those with mental disorders (apply epidemiological and demographical tools related to the estimation of life expectancy to describe life-span inequality among those with mental disorders, and risk factors associated with this variation); or (iii) investigate potential biases when using only one underlying cause of death in the estimation of cause-specific mortality. This theme could fit projects with a more methodological perspective as well as projects with more focus on mental health.THEME 3: Linkage of surveys and registers for a better understanding of mental healthThe main aim of this project is to use population-representative surveys to enrich the information available through registers from the entire Danish population. Through quantitative bias analysis techniques, this project aims to quantify potential biases in psychiatric register-based epidemiology by including information which is typically not included in national registers (e.g. identification of mild cases of mental disorders and information of lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet, etc.). Additionally, surveys include a widely used measure of quality of life – the Short Form 12 (SF12) – that can be used to describe the quality of life in those with different types of mental disorders. This theme could fit projects with a more methodological perspective as well as projects with more focus on mental healthThe successful applicant will join a vibrant and dynamic multinational and multidisciplinary team and will contribute to the development of the department through research of high international quality. They will work closely with colleagues, receiving supervision and guidance. Additionally, candidates will have the opportunity for research stays in other institutions in Denmark or abroad.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

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Contact details

Principal supervisor

Oleguer Plana-Ripoll, PhD, Senior ResearcherE-mail: opr@clin.au.dkDepartment of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University, Olof Palmes Allé 43-45, 8200 Aarhus N.

Questions about the position

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Senior Researcher Oleguer Plana-Ripoll (opr@econ.au.dk).

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