PhD scholarship in Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 21 Jun 2021

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen as part of the “Common Factors, Responsiveness and Outcome of Psychotherapy (CROP)” study. CROP is funded by the Tryg Foundation, the Health Foundation, the Research Council of the Danish Practice Sector, the Danish Psychological Association, and the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen.

Employment is scheduled to begin 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter

CROP investigates the process and outcome of psychotherapy delivered by psychologists in the Danish practice sector or in private practice. The study focuses on two main questions. First, how are specific characteristics of clients and psychologists related to the outcome of therapy and do these characteristics moderate the outcome of different psychotherapeutic approaches? Second, to what extent do therapists adapt their approach to client characteristics and preferences and how does such responsiveness to clients impact the process and outcome of therapy? The study aims to collect data from 100 psychologists with, in total, 1,000 clients through an automated online platform. Data collection is ongoing and is expected to continue until August 2022.

The PhD student will focus on the first research question and is expected to investigate specifically a) how client, psychologist and treatment characteristics are related to the clients’ outcome of psychotherapy and b) whether different outcome trajectories and predictors of these trajectories can be identified in the data collected for the study. Data will be analyzed through quantitative methods, including multilevel and growth mixture modeling. A full research protocol of the CROP study, including more elaborate descriptions of the sub-studies expected to be conducted by the PhD-student, is available upon request from Stig Poulsen, .

The principal investigator of the project and the PhD supervisor is Stig Poulsen, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Department of Psychology. Employment of the PhD student preferably starts in September 2021 or shortly thereafter.


Applicants should have studied Psychology or a closely related subject at undergraduate level. There is a preference for a student with a master’s degree though this is not strictly compulsory. Experience with quantitative methods is a requirement.

The chosen candidate will be enrolled at the Faculty of Social Sciences under Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences.

The PhD programme provides PhD students with strong research training, which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the academic, private and public sectors. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, teaching, and other forms of knowledge dissemination.

Job description

The positions are available for a 3-year (for applicants with a master degree) or a 4-year (for applicants with four years of course work). The tasks of the PhD student are to:

  • Participate in and contribute to the ongoing data collection
  • Participate in the regular meetings in the research team
  • Write and co-author scientific articles and other scientific outputs to be included in the PhD thesis
  • Attend and complete PhD courses in accordance with the PhD program in Social Science
  • Participate in and co-organize workshops/seminars/conferences
  • Teach in the degree programme at the Department of Psychology
  • Visit a research institution abroad for a minimum of two months (pending Covid-19 restrictions)


Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences:

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In Danish

Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.

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The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.

In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enrol as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.

Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply. The documents must be in Adobe PDF or Word. The application must include: 

  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc/BA and MSc/MA) 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)

The 5+3 PhD study programme

In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme, the applicant must have completed a two-year MSc degree programme or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 27,788.69 per month + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching.

The 4+4 PhD study programme 

Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). This SU salary amounts to about DKK 12,000 per month. More specifically, the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies. 

The deadline for applications is 21 June 2021, 23:59 CEST

An Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here:

For further information about the position, please contact Stig Poulsen:

Information about the recruitment process is available from HR officer Lotte Strandberg,, please refer to ID number: 211-0771/21-2H

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.

The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:

1. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant disciplines.

2. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.

Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at

Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file.Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

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