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Postdoc position in Biostatistical modelling, Statistics, Data science – Aarhus University, Denmark

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

The Department of Clinical Medicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University is inviting for applications for a 2-year postdoc position within biostatistical modelling for radiotherapy trials. The position is full time from 1 January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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General Info

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

Department of Clinical Medicine
The Danish Center for Particle Therapy (DCPT)
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus N, Denmark

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Qualification Details

The applicant must have:

  • PhD in math, physics, computer science, data science or statistics
  • Experience with R, SPSS, SAS or similar statistical software
  • Knowledge of data analysis on time sequences and large clinical database is an advantage
  • Research interests and ambitions for excellence in biostatistics
  • Fluency in English (oral and written)
  • Analytical skills and ability to work independently on a project basis
  • Good communication skills relevant for working in an international research and study group

As a person, the candidate should be ambitious, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills relevant for working in an international research and study group.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The research project will be within analysis of side effects and long-term quality of life after radiotherapy in cervical cancer patients. The main objective of the project is to develop a new methodology for assessing the total toxicity burden after cancer using advanced statistical modelling. The final aim is to define a total toxicity burden score based on patients’ perspective on quality of life to be used in future clinical trials. The analysis will be based on data from patients enrolled in the two largest international and prospective studies in locally advanced cervical cancer ( The first international study on MRI guided brachytherapy (EMBRACE I) prospectively assessed physician-assessed side effects, patient reported symptoms and quality of life from 1416 patients (24 clinical departments in Europe, North America and Asia) from 2008-2015. The ongoing EMBRACE II study was launched in 2016 with a focus on advanced image guided external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy in a multicenter setting and has now enrolled >1200 patients from more than 40 institutions worldwide. Inclusion of patients is planned until the end of 2021. Finally, the next EMBRACE III study is currently being designed and will potentially include the total toxicity burden score as morbidity endpoint.

The project will be carried out in close collaborations with Medical University of Vienna, Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam and Tata Memorial Center in Mumbai. Furthermore, the project will be embedded in the broader international clinical study environment around the EMBRACE studies. The candidate will be working in an international and multidisciplinary team together with a postdoc (Sofia Spampinato) as well as a professor in Data Science (Asger Hobolth) and an associate professor in Medical Psychology (Kathrin Kirchheiner). The project will be supervised by Professor in Medical Physics Kari Tanderup, and is funded by the Danish Cancer Society.

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Documents Required

Your application must include the following:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • Template for applicant - postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’
  • 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 (optional)
  • Strategic research plan can be uploaded (optional)
  • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded (optional)
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system (optional)

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

About the Project/Department

The candidate will be working at the Danish Center for Particle Therapy (DCPT), Aarhus University Hospital, which hosts a vibrant research environment. The research staff at DCPT currently includes eight professors, two associate professors and nine postdocs. Approximately 30 PhD students are currently contributing to the research environment at DCPT.  There is also a close collaboration with the neighboring Department of Oncology, well-recognized for the international profile within image guided radiotherapy in cervical cancer, in particular with MRI guided brachytherapy. The multidisciplinary research group within this topic is coordinated by Prof. Kari Tanderup. Kari Tanderup is coordinating large international clinical studies within cervix radiotherapy together with colleagues from Aarhus University Hospital, Medical University of Vienna and University Medical Center Utrecht. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the Department of Mathematics of Aarhus University.

As a postdoc at the Department of Clinical Medicine, you will be part of what is probably the largest health science research department in Denmark. Our clinical research covers all the medical specialities and takes place in close collaboration with the university hospital and the regional hospitals in the Central Denmark Region. We have approx. 30,000 square metres of modern research facilities for experimental surgery and medicine, animal facilities and also advanced scanners at our disposal. The department has overall responsibility for the Master's degree programs in medicine and in molecular medicine. At the department we are approx. 425 academic employees and the same number of PhD students cooperating across disciplines. As a postdoc, you will be working on Aarhus University Hospital or another hospital in the Central Denmark Region. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Note or Other details

  • Appointment as a postdoc requires academic qualifications at PhD level.
  • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
  • The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health.
  • The yearly base salary for a fulltime postdoc position with minimum 3 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree is DKK 490,408.62 or DKK 516,334.56 with minimum 4 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree. The base salary includes a position related supplement and pension (17.1 %). Additional supplement(s) for special qualifications can be negotiated. Authorisation supplemement(s) will be granted, if relevant for the position. Your local eligible trade union representative at Aarhus University negotiates your salary on your behalf.
  • Researchers recruited from abroad are offered a special researcher tax scheme with a lower tax rate.
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the.Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff

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Contact details

If you need further information, please contact Professor Kari Tanderup on telephone +45 26616084.

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