Open calls

Call for applications for enrolment and/or scholarships for the Research Year

The Graduate School of Health is now accepting applications for enrolment and/or scholarships for the Research Year. Approximately 35 students can enrol in a Research Year in the present call.

  • Application deadline: 16 October 2017 at midnight
  • Earliest possible starting date: 1 February 2018
  • Reply: Medio December 2017

Please pay attention to the criteria for assessment, as well as the guidelines for the Research Year and that you use the correct templates for the mandatory attachments- see the application guide.

Access the application form by clicking on "Research Year Call October 2017" at the bottom of this page. 

PhD in Breast Cancer Research, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Applications are invited for a PhD position to join the breast cancer research group investigating genetic and drug interactions and response to chemotherapy in premenopausal breast cancer patients, at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the Institute of Pathology, Aarhus University Hospital, the Danish Breast Cancer Group, and Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, USA.

The successful applicant will work on a 3-year research project, investigating genetic factors that predict response to taxane-based chemotherapy and the clinical course of breast cancer and survivorship. The successful applicant will enter into a vibrant and dynamic multidisciplinary international research collaboration. Eligible candidates should hold a Masters or similar degree in a relevant discipline, including (but not limited to) molecular medicine, medicine, pharmacology, public health, genetics or biomedical science. The position is planned to begin on January 1st 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Note that the successful candidate will have to apply for and get approved for enrolment at Aarhus University Graduate School of Health (http://talent.au.dk/phd/health/), in a separate procedure before starting as a PhD student.

The Department of Clinical Epidemiology (www.kea.au.dk) is a research department at Aarhus University Hospital and belongs under the Institute of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University. Researchers in the department use advanced epidemiological methods to study the prognosis of patient populations. The department is engaged in a great variety of activities regarding research, counselling and improvement of the quality of care and treatment offered to patients. A great number of projects in the department are carried out in cooperation with international collaborators.

The candidate will refer to Associate Professor Deidre Cronin Fenton, PhD, Department of Clinical Epidemiology.

The application should contain the applicant’s curriculum vitae, a motivation letter including any previous research experience, a list of scientific publications if relevant, a certificate of academic results, and the names of at least two academic referees. Please submit applications by October 4th 2017 to jsse@clin.au.dk. Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Additional information regarding this position can be obtained by contacting Associate Professor Deirdre Cronin Fenton, PhD, dc@clin.au.dk, tel +45 87168209, www.kea.au.dk

Phd Position in Health Economics at the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University

Mental disorders are now recognized as major contributors to the burden of disease worldwide. The Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study estimates that the contribution of mental disorders to the total worldwide burden has increased from 3.5% in 1990 to 5.5% in 2015 with depressive disorders ranked as the top-5 most burdened cause of years lost living with disabilities.

The Department of Public Health at Aarhus University is looking to appoint a PhD candidate (PhD student – a 3-year appointment) in the field of health economics and health planning, with a focus on register-based studies of the burden of mental disorders in Denmark.

Danish health registers provide a remarkable opportunity to estimate health metrics related to the burden of disease (e.g. prevalence, age of onset, mortality). The PhD candidate will join a multidisciplinary team funded by a Niels Bohr Professorship (Danish National Research Foundation), awarded to Prof. John McGrath. Separate funding have to be obtained for this PhD position for which the candidate must prepare a protocol. In collaboration with researchers from the University of Queensland, and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (Washington University, Seattle), the PhD candidate will apply developments from the Global Burden of Disease project to Danish mental health estimates. In particular, the candidate will estimate and develop a forecast model for the economic burden of mental disorders in Denmark (direct treatment costs and indirect societal costs per Disability Adjusted Life Year).

The PhD candidate will apply methods developed by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation for the Global Burden of Disease project. These will include methods that allow modelling of future changes in disease burden indicators, and Danish mental health estimates versus comparable Nordic countries. The forecast model should aim at giving policy implication for reducing the burden of mental health disorders in Denmark. The underlying data will be derived from Danish health registers and estimates used in current application of the Burden of disease framework (http://www.healthdata.org/data-visualization/gbd-compare). The candidate will have the opportunity to learn about contemporary health metrics and data visualization techniques, and will have the opportunity to spend time in Australia and/or the USA working with collaborators.

Notice that we are advertising a PhD in register-based psychiatric epidemiology related to the same project - please see below

  • The successful candidate should have a strong academic background. Prerequisites are:
  • A completed degree in health economics, public health, statistics, epidemiology, human medicine, social science. 
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Danish is an advantage
  • A strong interest in psychiatric epidemiology and in the application of novel statistical methods in large-scale datasets
  • An inquisitive mind-set and the ability to plan, organise and execute work independently

Strong assets include: 

  • A completed MSc-level thesis in a related field
  • Authorship of peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience in using Excel and statistical software such as SAS, R, Stata or SPSS
  • Experience with the presentation of research results

The successful candidate will be employed in a fixed-term position at the Department of Public Health,  Aarhus University (AU), Denmark when full funding successfully have been obtained. The candidate will work with Dr. Kim Moesgaard Iburg (Department of Public Health, AU), and collaborate with a wider team of researchers, including Professor John McGrath (National Center for Register-based Research, AU and University of Queensland), Professor Harvey Whiteford (University of Washington and University of Queensland), Dr. Oleguer Plana Ripoll (National Center for Register-based Research, AU) and with senior staff from the National Centre for Register-based Research.

Information about PhD at Aarhus University can be found here: http://talent.au.dk/phd/aboutthephdatau. As a PhD student, you will be remunerated according to the relevant basic salary scale of the collective agreement depending on whether or not you have been employed after completing your Master’s programme. For PhD students without any seniority, the start salary per 1 April 2017 amounts 26,073 DKK per month (3,503 EUR) including supplements. In addition to the salary, a PhD student is eligible for a pension plan under which pension contributions corresponding to 17.1 per cent of the salary will be paid in.

The PhD fellowship project must be ready for application for the February 2018 application round at The Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University (http://talent.au.dk/phd/health/) with an expected start on the PhD programme from May 2018. It is a requirement that the successful candidate applies for and is approved for enrolment as a PhD at Aarhus University and have obtained funding for the project before starting. The application for enrolment is separate and will have to be submitted in accordance with the open call of the Graduate School, Health, Aarhus University. This open call can be accessed here: http://talent.au.dk/phd/health/open-calls/.

For further information, please contact Kim Moesgaard Iburg (kmi@ph.au.dk; +4587168031) or John McGrath (j.mcgrath@uq.edu.au).

Applications must contain the applicant’s CV, motivation letter, list of grades, plus name, address and email of at least 1 referee, and must be sent by email to Oleguer Plana Ripoll (opr@econ.au.dk) by October 31st, 2017 at the latest with title “PhD position in health economics”. Interviews will be held during November in person or via Skype.

Phd Position in Register-Based Psychiatric Epidemiology at the National Centre For Register-Based Research, Aarhus University

Mental disorders are now recognized as major contributors to the burden of disease worldwide. The Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study estimates that the contribution of mental disorders to the total worldwide burden has increased from 3.5% in 1990 to 5.5% in 2015 with depressive disorders ranked as the top-5 most burdened cause of years lost living with disabilities.

The National Centre for Register-based Research (Aarhus BSS) are looking to appoint a PhD candidate (PhD student – a 3-year appointment) in the field of psychiatric epidemiology, with a focus on register-based studies of the burden of mental disorders in Denmark. The PhD candidate will join a multidisciplinary team funded by a Niels Bohr Professorship (Danish National Research Foundation), awarded to Prof. John McGrath.

Danish health registers provide a remarkable opportunity to estimate health metrics related to the burden of disease (e.g. prevalence, age of onset, mortality). In collaboration with researchers from the University of Queensland, and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (Washington University, Seattle), the PhD candidate will apply developments from the Global Burden of Disease project to Danish mental health estimates. In particular, the candidate will explore patterns of comorbidities linked to mental disorders, and how these impact on outcomes such as disability-adjusted life years (DALYs).

The PhD candidate will also explore known gaps in Danish registers (e.g. under-reporting of mild depression) and explore ways to impute these estimates based on community-based surveys. The candidate will learn about contemporary health metrics and data visualization techniques, and will have the opportunity to spend time in Australia and/or the USA working with our international collaborators.

Notice that we are advertising a PhD in Health Economics related to the same project - please see above.

The successful candidate should have a strong academic background. Prerequisites are: 

  • A completed degree in mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, human medicine, biomedical sciences or public health.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Danish is an advantage
  • A strong interest in psychiatric epidemiology and in the application of novel statistical methods in large-scale datasets
  • An inquisitive mind-set and the ability to plan, organise and execute work independently

Strong assets include: 

  • A completed MSc-level thesis
  • Authorship of peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience in using Excel and statistical software such as SAS, R or Stata
  • Experience with the presentation of research results

The successful candidate will be employed in a fixed-term position at the National Centre for Register-based Research (NCRR), Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University (AU), Denmark. The candidate will work in close collaboration with Prof. John McGrath (AU and University of Queensland), Dr. Kim Moesgaard Iburg (Department of Public Health, AU), Prof. Harvey Whiteford (University of Washington and University of Queensland), Prof. Thomas Munk Laursen (AU), Dr. Oleguer Plana Ripoll (AU), and with senior staff from the National Centre for Register-based Research.

Information about PhD at Aarhus University can be found here: http://talent.au.dk/phd/aboutthephdatau. As a PhD student, you will be remunerated according to the relevant basic salary scale of the collective agreement depending on whether or not you have been employed after completing your Master’s programme. For PhD students without any seniority, the start salary per 1 April 2017 amounts 26,073 DKK per month (3,503 EUR) including supplements. In addition to the salary, a PhD student is eligible for a pension plan under which pension contributions corresponding to 17.1 per cent of the salary will be paid in.

The PhD fellowship project must be ready for application for  the February 2018 application round at The Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University (http://talent.au.dk/phd/health/) with an expected start on the PhD programme from May 2018. It is a requirement that the successful candidate applies for and is approved for enrolment as a PhD at Aarhus University. The application for enrolment is separate and will have to be submitted in accordance with the open call of the Graduate School, Health, Aarhus University. This open call can be accessed here: http://talent.au.dk/phd/health/open-calls/.

For further information, please contact John McGrath (j.mcgrath@uq.edu.au) or Kim Moesgaard Iburg (kmi@ph.au.dk; +4587168031).

Applications must contain the applicant’s CV, motivation letter, list of grades, plus name, address and phone number of at least 1 referee, and must be sent by email to Oleguer Plana Ripoll (opr@econ.au.dk) by October 31st, 2017 at the latest with title “PhD position in register-based psychiatric epidemiology”. Interviews will be held during November in person or via Skype.