UCPH, Denmark – PhD fellowship in Mammography, Health science

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)


The Section of General Practice at the Department of Public Health are offering a PhD fellowship in offering a three-year PhD fellowship on a project about long-term psychosocial consequences and healthcare use 12-14 years after a false-positive mammography screening.

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General Info

Position: PhD fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Feb 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 26.487 DKK/Month

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Department of Public Health
University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

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Qualification Details

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD program
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • Other professional activities
  • The successful applicant is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with an interest in the area of overmedicalisation. Previous practical experience with qualitative or quantitative research, broad knowledge of and or professional experience with the Danish Healthcare system including general practice will be an advantage. Moreover, genuine affinity to critical thinking about the benefits and harms of medical prevention will be considered a major asset. A supervisor team will be connected to the PhD project, but the candidate is expected to be able to work independently on the project and especially contribute with new ideas to the optional additional projects.

Other important criteria are:

  • Obtained a university Master’s degree in for example health or social sciences or be a university master student
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills
  • Fluency in Danish and knowledge of the Danish Healthcare System

Responsibilities/Job Description

Women with false-positive mammography screening results report more negative psychosocial consequences three years after their final diagnosis compared to women with negative (normal) screening results. Moreover, studies on healthcare use in lung cancer screening have shown that screening participants with false-positive CT-screening results have a greater use of healthcare the first year after the false-positive result compared to those who get a normal CT-screening result.

We have a cohort of more than 1,300 women for whom we have assessed the psychosocial consequences 12-14 years after screening mammography using the condition-specific questionnaire Consequences of Screening in Breast Cancer – COS-BC as a measure. In addition, we can use registers to investigate these women’s healthcare use over the same time period. Besides those two projects, there will be an opportunity for the PhD student to develop and conduct one or two other projects related to the topic of benefits and harms in medical screening.

The study will use a combination of quantitative data collected with the COS-BC and register data. Depending on the research questions in the additional projects other designs, methods and data could be used. All the sub-projects’ protocols will be composed in collaboration between the Ph.D. student and the supervisors.

Principal supervisor is John Brodersen, professor, MD, GP and PhD. Co-supervisor is Volkert Siersma, senior researcher and bio-statistician, PhD. When the additional projects on benefits and harms in medical screening have been decided, additional co-supervisors can be added if relevant.

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Documents Required

The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (maximum one page)
  2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danishor
  4. If the Master’s programme is not yet completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor can be accepted instead
  5. Publication list (if possible)

As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your Master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

About the Project/Department

The PhD study is embedded in the research group “Healthy “Patients” in General Practice” (https://publichealth.ku.dk/about-the-department/general/research/healthypatients/), which approximately meets once a month for networking plus journal clubs with critical appraisal of the medical literature. The members of this group are university students, PhD students and senior researchers conducting research on overmedicalisation.

The candidate will also be a part of the team of researchers in Primary & eHealth Care in Region Zealand. Therefore, frequent meetings and some office hours is to be expected in Sorø.

About the Employer: University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Note or Other details

The employment as PhD Fellow is a full time (37 working hours) position for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 26.487 DKK/approx. 3.561 EUR (October 2021-level) plus pension.

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Contact details

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor:

John BrodersenMail: jobr@sund.ku.dk

Phone number: +4520276181

Co-supervisor Volkert Siersma
Mail: siersma@sund.ku.dk

Phone number: +4540863367

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

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