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PhD project: BCG Dwell-Time in Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

Call for applications for a fully financed PhD project. 

A Nordic multicenter study regarding side effects in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer treated with BCG is planned to start in November 2020 with Department of Urology, Aarhus University Hospital as overall sponsor and coordinator.

In the study, patients will be randomized to two different arms where ongoing treatment is guided by two different approaches depending on side effects. There is a position open as PhD student allocated to the study with role as local primary investigator and as daily coordinator with other sites in Denmark and the remaining Nordic countries. The PhD student will be involved in the finalization of study protocol, the application process at relevant authorities in Denmark, dialogue with collaborating departments in Denmark and abroad, collection of data, and analysis of study results. The position provides a unique possibility to achieve skills in planning and conduction of clinical trials in combination with patient contact in clinical research as well as high level of formalised academic training.


The candidate is required to be a certified medical doctor (MD)

How to apply

You apply via this link. Application deadline is 1 June 2020 23:59 (midnight) CET

Preferred date of enrolment start is 1 November 2020. 

For information about application requirements and mandatory attachmentsplease see our application guide.

Further information

For more information about the project, please contact Professor Jørgen Bjerggaard Jensenbjerggaard@clin.au.dk   

PhD project: The New Parent Sleep Experience: sensitivity to infant signalling across genders and culture

Aarhus University, Faculty of Health, Department of Clinical Medicine, Interacting Minds Centre invites applications for a fully-financed PhD position for a new research project, ‘The New Parent Sleep Experience: sensitivity to infant signalling across genders and culture’. The project is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation: http://bit.ly/Carlsberg_project. The PhD position will be supervised by Christine Parsons and co-supervised by Joshua Skewes.

The anticipated start date is August/September 2020 (negotiable).
The research project
Our knowledge of early parenting and its effects on sleep comes largely from studies of mothers, with fathers either overlooked or under-emphasized. As fathers constitute 50% of parents, and have become increasingly involved in childcare, this project will explore similarities and differences in how men and women respond to infant signalling and how this relates to sleep quality in new parents. This project will comprise a series of studies using complementary methods, from lab-based recordings of sleep, to large scale app-based assessments of real-world parenting behaviour. The overarching aim is to understand the fundamental responses that govern early parenting and sleep quality, how these differ in fathers and mothers, and across cultures with divergent levels of work-related support for parents.

PhD position description
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the project, and will be involved in all phases of the project, including formulating research questions, experimental design, data collection, analysis and dissemination. The successful candidate will be encouraged to focus on the aspects that aligns with their personal interests, and will be given the opportunity and flexibility to develop their own ideas and research questions. Given the project’s varied methodological approach, this position will require a candidate who is enthusiastic about complex data analysis. 

Data collection will be supported by research assistants, and there will be an opportunity to supervise the work of junior team members. 

The Interacting Minds Center (IMC)

The project will be hosted at IMC, a center which provides a transdisciplinary platform to study human interaction. The candidate will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with researchers from the humanities, social sciences, cognitive science, biology and medicine, among other fields. The IMC hosts weekly guest lectures and regular intensive workshops, with both international and national speakers. The Center has affiliated researchers across numerous faculties and departments at Aarhus University, with access to excellent research facilities and infrastructure at the Cognition and Behaviour Lab, and the Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience. Interdisciplinary collaboration is strongly encouraged within this lively research environment.


Candidates must be eligible to begin either a 4 + 4 (integrated) PhD programme at Aarhus University or a 5 +3 PhD programme (https://phd.health.au.dk/doingaphd/, candidates are welcome to contact Parsons for clarification or the Graduate office). Candidates will be considered from any of the following areas: Cognitive Science, Psychology, Medicine, Public Health, Data Science, Engineering (or closely related fields).

Desirable criteria (any one or more of the following)

  • Experience designing, analyzing, and reporting experimental, clinical, or EEG studies
  • Excellent analytic skills, including advanced statistical and methodological knowledge (such as multilevel modelling, Structural Equation modelling etc.)
  • Interest in topics of emotion, parenting, sleep
  • Technical skills and knowledge (e.g., experience programming experimental paradigms in Psychopy, Psychtoolbox, Presentation, or general programming skills in R, Python or equivalent)·
  • Experience with Polysomnography, EEG (or other neuroimaging methods), actigraphy or sleep measurement

Candidates are encouraged to contact the project lead: Christine Parsons (Associate Professor): christine.parsons@clin.au.dk. +4587162127

How to apply

You apply via this link. Application deadline is 23 June 2020 23:59 (midnight) CET

For information about application requirements and mandatory attachmentsplease see our application guide.