Postdoc position in Environmental Epidemiology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 24 Jun 2021

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoctoral researcher for a 2-year position to commence on 1 September 2021.

Our research
The Environmental Epidemiology group at Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, conducts research and teaching in general epidemiological methods based on the use of Danish health registers and clinical databases, with specific research focus on environmental epidemiology.
The group conducts epidemiological research to examine health effects of environmental exposures, namely air pollution, road traffic noise, wind turbine noise, built environment, green- and blue- spaces, light-at-night, and so forth.
Health outcomes include mainly chronic diseases in the aging population, such as chronic respiratory (asthma and COPD) and cardiovascular disease, stroke, lung and breast cancer, diabetes, dementia, and all-cause mortality, amongst others.

Your job
You will be part of a team studying health effects of air pollution in Copenhagen. Recent mobile measurements of air pollution, including ultrafine particles (UFPs), using Google Air View project in 2018-2020 in Copenhagen, have enabled us to assess exposure to UFPs for all Copenhagen citizens. As part of the Copenhagen Ultrafine Particles and Health (COUPH) study funded by Health Effect Institute (HEI), we seek to hire a postdoctoral researcher to work on a) creating COUPH cohort in collaboration with Statistics Denmark, b) linking Google Air View-based UFP predictions using a spatial Land Use Regression (LUR) model for entire Copenhagen with the COUPH cohort subjects, c) perform epidemiological study on association between exposure to UFPs and health in the COUPH cohort, and finally write the first draft of manuscripts and report the findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals and at national and/or international conferences.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • Doctoral degree required (e.g. PhD, MD, DO, DVM, PharmD). Degree in Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Data Science, or a related discipline preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are essential attributes for this position.
  • Programming independent analyses.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills with at least one statistical software package is required, e.g R, STATA, or SAS.
  • Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills.
  • The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues.
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken.

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience/knowledge in air pollution epidemiology and/or exposure science.
  • Experience/knowledge in survival analysis (having first-author paper or a passed course during MSc/PhD training).
  • Experience/knowledge in mixture analysis, e.g. application of Bayesian Kernel Machine Regression (BKMR).
  • Experience/knowledge in causal inference.
  • Experience/knowledge in spatial analysis and GIS.
  • Experience/knowledge in R Shiny development.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at Section of Environmental Health, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for two years. Starting date is 1 September 2021 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,900 DKK/ approx. 4,690 Euro (April 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 2019.

For further information please contact Assistant Professor Heresh Amini;

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications.

Application deadline:  24 June 2021, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed 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

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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