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PhD Vacancies in Epidemiology – Mental Disorders and Mortality, Aarhus, Denmark

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The Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a PhD position in the field of psychiatric register-based epidemiology – Denmark, Oct 2021

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

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

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Qualification Details

  • MD or masters in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, data science, health sciences or a related quantitative field
  • A special interest and competencies in topics such as mental health, mortality, biostatistics, social inequalities
  • High level of motivation, responsibility and flexibility
  • Highly enthusiastic, ambitious and team-oriented personality
  • Excellent communications skills in English (written and oral)

General job description

  • Manage, carry through, and conclude your research projects
  • Actively participate in PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and finalize your PhD thesis
  • Participate in national and international congresses
  • Conduct a research stay at an institution abroad
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Responsibilities/Job Description

There is robust evidence that individuals who suffer from mental disorders are at excess risk of premature mortality, somatic illnesses and comorbid psychiatric diseases. Although low socio-economic status (SES) is associated with both mental disorders and other conditions as well as excess mortality, it is unkwnown to what extent SES can explain the large comorbidity and the reduction in life expectancy observed in those with mental disorders. In this project, we aim to use population-based registers from the entire Danish population (~7.5 million) to quantify the contribution of SES on the excessive mortality among those who suffer from mental disorders. By using information on individual and family SES, as well as a newly-developed measure of neighborhood SES, SocioMental will provide the most comprehensive study of the complex and bidirectional links between mental disorders and socio-economic characteristics in regards to excess mortality.

The successful applicant will work on a 3-year research project taking advantage of population-based Danish registers. The candidate will summarise relevant existent literature on this topic; and estimate the association between mental disorders and mortality taking into account different SES measures. This study will help identify the role of SES in the excess mortality experienced by individuals with mental disorders. The project is designed as a series of population-based cohort studies using unique Danish health registries.

The successful candidate will gain valuable experience within psychiatric epidemiology, social epidemiology, and epidemiological methods. The successful applicant will join a collaborative team of PhD students/postdocs and senior researchers from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University – a vibrant and dynamic multinational and multidisciplinary department with established successful long-term research international collaborations. Additionally, the candidate will have the opportunity for research stays in other institutions in Denmark or abroad.

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Documents Required

For information about application requirements and mandatory attachments, please see our application guide

The application must be submitted in English and should contain the applicant’s curriculum vitae, a cover letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project, a project proposal describing your own take on how to address the project (maximum 5 pages), diploma and detailed transcripts of records, any previous research experience, a list of scientific publications (if any), and the names of at least two academic referees (which we might contact only after the interviews take place). Please see the application guide.

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 Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Note or Other details

Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Relevant candidates will be called for a job interview in week 45.

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Contact details

For further information regarding this position, please contact Senior Researcher Oleguer Plana-Ripoll, opr@clin.au.dk.

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