Post Doc in Epidemiology
University of Copenhagen Department of Public Health

Postdocs in Epidemiology at Section of Epidemiology at Department of Public Health

Faculty og Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We are looking for two highly motivated and dynamic researchers for 2-year positions to commerce on 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The postdocs will be part of an interdisciplinary research group in Complexity and Big Data Epidemiology, which utilizes the opportunities nested within large and complex national and international datasets, including nationwide registers.

Our research

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in an international and interdisciplinary research environment. Health is a complex phenomenon and we study the social and biological factors determining health and disease. We also aim to elucidate the underlying behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms that might explain these effects. To embrace complexity in health, we actively explore new sources (e.g. smartphones) of ‘big data’, incorporate system theory thinking, leverage insights across disciplines, and explore the opportunities in citizen science with a direct societal engagement and impact.

Your job

The postdocs will be part of large epidemiological research projects. One of the postdoc positions will be nested within a large-scale registry-based project on childhood adversities and gestational diabetes based on data from the globally unique DANLIFE cohort. More details about the DANLIFE can be found at The other postdoc position will be nested within the SmartSleep project, which aims at documenting the relation between mobile phones, sleep and health. The SmartSleep project is based on a triangulation of evidence from questionnaires, high-resolution tracking data and comprehensive clinical data. More details about the SmartSleep project can be found at The work tasks include data management of large studies, scientific work related to childhood adversities and/or sleep and health, statistical analyses of large complex data materials, writing scientific papers and teaching.


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

  • You have a PhD in epidemiology, public health, data science, medicine, social science or related sciences
  • You are highly experienced in working with large and complex dataset, preferable also register-based studies
  • You have an active interest in public health and epidemiology
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. Information on the Section of Epidemiology can be found at: 

Terms of employment

The two positions as postdocs is a full time and fixed-term for 2 years. Starting date is 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,890 DKK/ approx. 4,690 Euro (April 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 11, 2019.


For further information please contact Head of Section, Professor Naja Hulvej Rod, tel. 35 32 67 35.

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. two pages). Please also specify which of the research projects (DANLIFE or SmartSleep) you are most interested in and why.
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  4. List of publications.

Application deadline:  Sunday 8 august 2021, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in Mid-August 2021.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Naja Hulvej Rod


Application deadline: 08-08-2021
Employment start: 01-10-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Public Health

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