Postdoc in lifestyle epidemiology

Updated: 4 months ago

The  Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, invites applications for a full time postdoc position to be filled as soon as possible. The candidate will be based at the Research unit of Exercise Epidemiology (ExE) and at the Research Centre for Research in Childhood Health (RICH) .

This position is subject to the entry into force of grant agreement No. 716657 SCREENS by and between the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) and the University of Southern Denmark.

The candidate will be engaged in several research projects that are being carried out in ExE and RICH and will be employed until December 31 2019. One projects include SCREENS that are funded by the European Research Council (ERC), see above. The overarching objective of the SCREENS project is to investigate the immediate and long-term effects of screen-based media use on a number of important health outcomes in young people. In SCREENS the candidate will be engaged in an observational study investigating the role of screen-based media use influencing physical and mental health outcomes in children and an experimental study that will aim to investigate the effect of limiting screen time use on physical activity patterns, sleep, and stress in young people. Another project in-clude the Motor Skills in Preschool Study, a randomized trial of the effectiveness of a structured programme aimed at improving motor skills in 3-6-year old children. In this project the candidate will specifically focus on assessment of accelerometer assessed physical activity and programme evaluation on this outcome.

Applicants should hold a PhD within the area of epidemiology or public health and have excellent scientific communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications. Individuals with interest in lifestyle epidemiology in young people are encouraged to apply. The preferred applicant will have experience in conducting epidemiological research in young people.

The employment as postdoc will imply a child protection certificate as the research may involve children under the age of 15.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of research unit, associate professor Anders Grøntved, e-mail: , tel: +45 6550 4465 or from the Head of Department Jørgen Povlsen, e-mail: , tel: +45 6550 3451.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

Applications - including the required attachments - must be sent via the below-mentioned link “Apply online". Only online applications will be accepted. Attached files must be Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 Mb.

The application must contain (as pdf.- or docx.-files):

an application
• a detailed CV
• degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
• a complete and numbered list of publications
• up to 3 scientific peer-reviewed publications considered by the applicant to the most important for this position. Please notice that one pdf.- or docx.-file must be attached for each publication.
• a teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy
• a research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work.

Incomplete applications with regard to the above-mentioned requirements will not be assessed.

Further particulars concerning the application - please see the link below.

The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

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