Postdoc in mental health

Updated: 4 months ago

The Research Unit forTelepsychiatry and E-mental Health, Department of Clinical Research, invites applications for a position as postdoc in Mental health/Telepsychiatry to be filled as soon as possible and for a period of 2 years.

The position is based in Odense, Denmark, and will require occasional travel throughout the Southern Region of Denmark for the fieldwork components of the research.

About the position:

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading an important funded and ready to commence project involving the use of internet based therapy to address mild to moderate anxiety. The project is one of suite of E-Mental Health projects that is situated and supported within a larger program of E-Mental Health research in the Research Unit.

This position refers to the Head of Research in the Centre for Telepsychiatry and to the Head of the Department of Clinical Research and works in close collaboration with researchers, E-Mental Health practitioners and a wide range of consultants within the wider Telepsychiatric Centre in the Region of Southern Denmark.

Opportunities exist for mentoring higher degree research students such as PhD students. This position offers an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to work with a highly motivated, innovative and visionary research team who are focused on high quality outputs to strengthen the evidence-base for the conduct of E-Mental Health service delivery on a national (Danish) and international scale.  A welcoming and established multidisciplinary team of experienced and early career researchers, research students and consultants already contribute to a cohesive and vibrant research team where the successful candidate will be accommodated.

About the Centre for Telepsychiatry

The Centre for Telepsychiatry is an established Centre in the Psychiatric Services of the Region of Southern Denmark, and it is the first of its kind in Denmark. The Centre for Telepsychiatry aims to develop, implement and investigate technology-based interventions suitable for treating mental illness and promoting mental health. It is  recognized as a Department within the Psychiatric Hospital of The Region of Southern Denmark, and it is a leader in knowledge about telepsychiatry and digital solutions for people with mental illness generally, with a focus that extends from regional, national and to international settings. The Centre uniquely operates in close collaboration with the Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark.

The benefits of such an institutional collaboration include a very close proximity to both the clinical fields and the academic fields, and this circumstance facilitates an efficient and convenient research environment for E-Mental Health researchers in their conduct of quality research within a purpose ready network and environment. The research environment is expected to bring innovative approaches to psychiatry, where digital solutions are part of varied and flexible psychiatric programmes to ensure that those in need of support and treatment will receive early help.  Digital technologies will support individuals in taking care of their own health, and interventions will be developed from a reliable evidence base.

The person:

We would like to appoint a talented and committed colleague who will contribute actively to the research environment at the Centre for Telepsychiatry. We are seeking a candidate with broad knowledge who has an interest in E -Mental Health.

Applicants must have a PhD qualification (any discipline) and be able to demonstrate the following:

•    Proficiency with qualitative methods and mixed methods
•    Focused research and methodological competence
•    A publication track record in relevant forums such as scientific journals and conference presentations
•    Highly developed communications skills. For example: in-person, written, verbal, online and with a range of traditional and social media.
•    Well developed organizational skills with the ability to work to pre-determined and agreed time lines. 
•    Collaboration with relevant national and international research (desirable).
•    Knowledge about the use of technological solutions for the treatment of illness would be an advantage (desirable).
•    Language skills in English language (Danish language desirable but not essential, or a willingness to learn Danish)

Further information can be obtained from the Head of the Department, professor Kirsten Kyvik,  e-mail or from the Head of Research, Associate Professor Rhonda Wilson, Telepsychiatric  Research Unit, Clinical Institute , Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark. Email: or telephone +65 23 60 65 87.

Additional information is available at the link below. 

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.

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
• 3 scientific peer-reviewed publications which the candidate considers as most important for the position. Please notice that one pdf.- or docx.-file must be attached for each publication. 
• a research plan which details the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work. 

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

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 wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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