Postdoc in psychiatric epidemiology

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 17 Dec 2023

The Department of Clinical Epidemiology (Department of Clinical Medicine) at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Postdoc in the field of psychiatric epidemiology as per 1 May 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a 2-year and 9 months part-time position (29.6 hours per week) and is fully funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Department of Clinical Medicine

As a Postdoc at the Department of Clinical Medicine, you will be part of what is probably the largest health science research department in Denmark. Our clinical research covers all the medical specialties and takes place in close collaboration with the university hospital and the regional hospitals in the Central Denmark Region. The department has overall responsibility for the Master's degree programs in medicine and in molecular medicine. At the department we are approx. 425 academic employees and the same number of PhD students cooperating across disciplines. As a Postdoc, you will be working on Aarhus University Hospital or another hospital in the Central Denmark Region. You can read more about the department


and about the faculty

here .

The Department of Clinical Epidemiology is a research department at Aarhus University Hospital, within the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University. Researchers in the department use advanced epidemiological methods to study different topics related to health research. The department is engaged in a variety of activities regarding epidemiological research, including mental health research. Furthermore, the department is involved in counselling health care professionals to improve the quality of health care and treatment. A large number of projects in the department are carried out in cooperation with Danish and international collaborators. More information on The Department of Clinical Epidemiology here . 

About the research project

Mental disorders are common – one in every three individuals is expected to experience a mental disorder at some point during their life. In recent years, the incidence of mental disorders in Denmark has increased, but it is unclear whether more people are experiencing mental disorders, whether they are diagnosed more, or likely a combination of both. More importantly, it is unknown whether differences in wellbeing, quality of life, or premature mortality between those with and without mental disorders are increasing or decreasing over time. This research project will use an innovative approach to provide a valid and comprehensive analysis of the mental health impact in Denmark over time.

Your job responsibilities

As Postdoc in psychiatric epidemiology, your position is primarily research-based but may also involve teaching assignments. You will contribute to the development of the department through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with colleagues on your project, where you will receive supervision and guidance.

Your main tasks will consist of:

  • Independent research of high international quality, including publication.
  • Teaching, guidance and examination of Bachelor’s and Master's degree students, as well as possibly supervision of PhD students.
  • Some degree of contribution towards attracting external research funding.
  • Make applications as needed for access to Danish population-based registries or other types of data.
  • Perform statistical analysis using programmes such as Stata or R.
  • Collaborate within an active research group with national and international collaborators.
  • Write scientific articles and participate in international congresses.

You will report to Associate Professor Oleguer Plana-Ripoll.

Your competences
  • PhD degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine or health sciences with a strong quantitative component
  • Postdoctoral experience in register-based psychiatric epidemiology
  • Experience using Danish registers (civil registration system, hospital register, prescription register, causes of death register, etc.)
  • Experience using genetic datasets and clinical databases (RKKP)
  • Several publications in international peer-reviewed journals as first author and co-author
  • Experience teaching PhD courses will be a plus
  • Fluent in oral and written English. International applicants are expected to learn Danish, and Aarhus University arranges Danish teaching.
  • As a person, you are motivated, ambitious, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills.

In order to be assessed as qualified for a Postdoc position, you must meet

these academic criteria


Shortlisting will be used.

Questions about the position

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Oleguer Plana-Ripoll, tel.: +45 87166034.

Your place of work will be the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Olof Palmes Allé 43-45, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Terms of employment


Your application must include the following:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • Template for applicant - postdoc
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted (optional)
  • Research plan can be uploaded (optional)
  • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded (optional)
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system (optional)

We refer to the faculty’s

Guidelines for applicants


Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

International applicant?

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including assistance with relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about the International Staff Office and the range of services


. Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Association and offers career development support. You can read more about these resources



The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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