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Call for applications for the Research & Innovation Honours Programme

Faculty of Health, Aarhus University offers the most talented and motivated students an additional academic package on top of their Master’s program, a two-year Research & Innovation Honours Programme. Students enrolled in the Honours Programme can choose between two tracks: Innovation Track or Research Track. 

Read more about the Research & Innovation Honours Programme.

Research Track

The Research Track offers all Master’s degree students from the Faculty of Health a new way in to research. The purpose of the track is to prepare talented potential young researchers for a career within health science, through interdisciplinary activities. During the two years of the Research Track, you will  gain broad insight into research, and will be challenged, both professionally and personally.

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See how to apply in the application guide

Innovation Track

The Innovation Track offers Health students a new way of combining traditional studies, innovation and the needs in the health care industry. The track is open to both Bachelor's and Master's Degree students at Faculty of Health. The purpose of the track is to prepare talented young students for a career within the health care industry and to open up for new perspectives within the field of innovation, business and science – all anchored in different interdisciplinary activities. During the two years of the Innovation Track, you will gain broad insight into the life cycle from science, idea, innovation, business understanding to product development, and will be challenged, both professionally and personally.  

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Apply here.

Application deadline for both tracks are 13 September 2020 at 23:59 CET

Two PhD projects at Aarhus University

On behalf of the INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN program, funded by the European Commission, Aarhus University, Denmark announce two Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers).

INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN’s consortium is made up of caring science scholars working on experiential perspectives of human dignity, care, and well-being from nine institutions in Sweden, Denmark, Greece,  United Kingdom and Norway. The purpose of INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN  is to develop a shared research and training agenda in order to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary health care researchers and care leaders across Europe. The project is a response to the Europe wide need to provide sustainable and dignified care for older people at home and in residential, municipal and hospital settings. The network will look in detail at how older people currently experience care, how they can be supported to live well and how technology, gender, workforce pressures and institutional factors can impact experiences of dignity and well-being.

The two projects at Aarhus University are as follows:

1. Development of new ways of co-operation between hospital nurses and homecare nurses in very early discharge from acute care.

Objectives: 1) To explore the impact of early discharge and co-morbidities on home care nurses. 2) To investigate the impacts of specialisation and lack of specialisation between the two systems of hospital and homecare on older people and their family, with specific reference to dignity in care. 3) Investigate the range of competencies required that ensures dignified and specialised care in home care settings. Method: Observations of patients’ transition from hospital discharge to homecare nursing, with focus group interviews and in-depth interviews with homecare nurses and their descriptions of the competencies needed in relation to early discharge to sufficiently follow up hospital care and treatment.

Supervisor: Annelise Norlyk Associate professor, MScN; Co-supervisor: Bente Martinsen Associate professor, MScN

How to apply

Please submit your application via this link. Application deadline is 22 August 2020 23:59

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

2. Older peoples’ (patient and relatives) perspectives on hospital- home transitions in very early discharge.

Objectives: 1) Investigate the kinds of competencies older patients and families need to manage their home care recovery after early acute hospital discharge. 2) To delineate features of transition between hospital and home that both positively and negatively impact patients and their families with a specific focus on perceptions of dignity. 3) Develop new insights of nature of care needed to successfully manage transitions in very early discharge that will promote recovery and independence for older people. Method: Data will be generated by ethnographic fieldwork and interviews - three in-depth interviews with both 10 -12 patients and their close relatives. Data are collected two days, two weeks and two months after discharge to systematically uncover how to support dignity and wellbeing of the family after discharge.

Supervisor: Annelise Norlyk, Associate professor, MScN, co-supervisor: Bente Martinsen Associate professor, MScN

How to apply

Please submit your application via this link. Application deadline is 22 August 2020 23:59.

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

PhD project: Spinal Cord Stimulation therapy for Parkinson’s disease patients with gait problems (re-advertisement)

The Department of Nuclear Medicine & PET Center, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, is offering a PhD scholarship with expected enrollment in the Fall 2020. 

The project is carried out at the PET Center at Aarhus University Hospital in close collaboration with the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery. 

The research project

Walking difficulties are common in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD).  As the disease progresses, they become more severe and can cause reduced mobility, severe balance problems and increased risk of falling. They are also major source of stress and frustration for the patients. No treatment is currently available for these symptoms.
Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is a treatment for severe chronic pain. An SCS device is implanted under the skin and controls the pain by sending a mild electric current to the nerve fibers of the spinal cord.  Recently, SCS was found to improve gait problems in a small number of PD patients.  However, before SCS can be used more widely in PD, these findings need to be replicated. It is also important to understand how SCS works and the changes that occur in brain function after the treatment. Besides, since SCS does not work for everyone, it is important to understand the factors in individual patients that are predictive of a positive outcome to select the right patients. A cohort of PD patients with gait problems will receive SCS and then randomly split to receive either active or non-active (placebo) stimulation for 6 months. After that, all patients will receive active stimulation for further 6 months. We will use clinical evaluations and brain scans before and after surgery to understand how SCS improves gait and brain function and increases the amount of chemicals such as acetylcholine in the brain. We will also gather all the information needed to help plan a further trial in a larger group of patients. 

The PhD student’s responsibilities

The PhD student will contribute to the overall planning and execution of the project and will be involved in all phases of the project under the supervision of the supervisor group. This includes the design of the final experimental protocol, obtaining approvals from relevant authorities and the recruitment and inclusion of trial participants. You will also be in charge of the clinical checks, the imaging and the follow-up of patients, and the statistical analysis of the data. We expect that you disseminate your research results at national and international meetings and conferences during the project. As a PhD student, you are furthermore expected to teach, follow courses and write scientific articles. The PhD project will provide a broad introduction to clinical research that is applicable across medical specialties and a high level of formalized academic training. 

Group of supervisors

Professor Nicola Pavese, Dept. of Nuclear Medicine & PET Center, Aarhus University

Professor Jens Christian Sørensen, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Aarhus University Hospital

Consultant, PhD Mette Møller, Dept. of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital

Staff Specialist, PhD Erik Johnsen, Dept. of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital


The candidate must have a Master's degree in Medicine or be about to finish the Master’s degree programme in Medicine. We are looking for a highly motivated and talented person who can actively contribute with own ideas and who has an interest in neuroscience. The candidate must speak and write a Scandinavian language fluently and be highly proficient in oral and written English. Good social skills and ability to work in a team is needed. Clinical experience within a relevant specialty such as neurology, or neurosurgery is preferred but not required. Likewise, previous research experience, like a research year, is also preferred but not required. 

The candidate will be employed at Aarhus University.

The daily workplace is Aarhus University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine & PET, Palle Juul Jensens Boulevard 165J, 8200 Aarhus N. 

The project is fully funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research.

How to apply

Please submit your application via this link. Application deadline is 25 August 2020 23:59


Please submit your motivated application and include your CV, diploma and transcript of records, and any other documentation showing the skills and personal qualities described above. For further information about application requirements and mandatory attachmentsplease see our application guide
All documents must be submitted in English no later than 25 August 2020. Please notice that you are not required to write a project proposal as indicated in the application system. 

Further information

Please contact Nicola Pavese npavese@clin.au.dk in English for further information.    

Call for application for fully financed PhD fellowships

The Graduate School of Health is now accepting applications for fully financed PhD fellowships.

Application criteria

To apply for a 3-year PhD study programme you must have completed a relevant Master’s degree. The Master’s study has to be equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree of 120 ECTS – If you are preparing an application together with a main supervisor, and would like to have your degree assessed, you can submit your diplomas for an assessment via graduateschoolhealth@au.dk

Important dates

  • Application deadline: 1 September 2020 at 11:59 pm (midnight)
  • Earliest possible starting date: 1 December 2020
  • Reply: 30 November 2020
  • An offer of a fully financed PhD fellowship is valid for six month.
    An offer of enrolment is valid for a year (until 1 December 2022).

General criteria for PhD applications

All applications are evaluated based on the submitted material using the following criteria. The time for research experience after the qualifying exam is taken into consideration.

The project

  • The project description; including the PhD student’s part in defining the project
  • The standard and volume of the project – is there sufficient scientific weight for a PhD? Is the project appropriate for the enrolment period?
  • The projects originality and innovative aspects
  • The scientific level of the project
  • How does the project stem from the newest knowledge in the field?
  • The project’s use of varied methods and techniques
  • Is the project developed across disciplines, including e.g. primary research/clinical research
  • Does the project entail supporting evidence of feasibility, e.g. the power (of test), or a description of alternative possible solutions to the raised scientific question?

The applicant

  • Research experience (in relation to the length of the actual research time) including participation in journal clubs and conferences and publications (accepted and/or published)
  • Early recruitment (integrated PhD)
  • Grades
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Motivation
  • Other qualifications 

The research environment and PhD plan elements

  • The scientific environment including:
  1. how the main supervisor and co-supervisors contribute to the completion of the PhD study, their availability and the number of students already supervised by the main supervisor and co-supervisors
  2. how the PhD student is exposed to an international research environment (locally and/or through a research stay abroad)
  3. activities across disciplines and sectors
  4. International co-supervisor; co-supervisor's role in and contribution to the project.
  • Courses
  • Dissemination
  • Learning targets
  • Mobility, including statement from host institution
  • Main supervisor statement

The application

The application and all mandatory attachments, incl. the project description, must be in English. If the project description is not in English, the application will be rejected by the administration.

See our application guide: Application guide for PhD

Please note that we will evaluate the application, as it is when the deadline has passed. It is not possible to submit any material for the application after deadline.

Furthermore, please be aware that we only evaluate one application per applicant per call. Thus, if you have submitted more than one application, we reserve the right only to evaluate the last application received.

In addition, PhD students who are already enrolled are not eligible for PhD fellowships. Applications from enrolled PhD students will not be taken into consideration.

How to apply

Access the application form by clicking ‘PhD Call August 2020’ OR 'PhD mol.med. Call August 2020' at the bottom of this page. The mol.med. call is only for applicants who want to be a part of the molecular medicine PhD programme.

Please choose the Graduate Programme (GP) that reflects the department of employment of your future main supervisor. The administration will relocate your application to the appropriate GP, if necessary.