9 April 2021

Postdoc position at Danish Institute Against Torture


Would you like to contribute to a unique project where your time will be divided between Denmark and several other countries? And do you have a Ph.D., and the will to contribute to the important work at DIGNITY?

Then DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture can offer you an exciting opportunity in a post-doc position for the Safe Communities Safe Schools (SCSS) research project in Indonesia. The position is funded for a 2 year period and placed in DIGNITYs Department for International Programmes.

 We were founded in 1982 as one of the world's first specialized torture rehabilitation centers. Today, we are a leading global player in research-based torture prevention and rehabilitation of trauma survivors worldwide. We work both politically and developmentally for a world free of torture.

Staff in the International Programmes Department together with local partners implement projects in the fields of torture and violence prevention, and rehabilitation of survivors. The department consists of approximately 25 employees. 

The position

The overall objective of the project is to develop a contextually relevant adaptation of the school-based model “Safe Communities Safe Schools” (SCSS), designed and used by our partner the Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), University of Colorado, Boulder in the USA, and implement it in two urban areas of Depok and Banda Aceh in Indonesia with Universitas Indonesia in Depok and Universitas Syiah Kuala in Banda Aceh.

 The post-doc fellow will collaborate with our national partner in Denmark (University of Copenhagen), and international partner in the USA to build the capacity of partners in Indonesia to use the SCSS model.

 You are expected to stay with the project's various partners during the 2-year period you employment last. Your time is expected to be split between all partners as follows:  

  • 3 months in the USA
  • 9 months in Indonesia
  • 9-10 months at DIGNITY
  • 1-2 months at Copenhagen University.

Find more information about the project here


The position requires you to:

  • work in partnership with the University of Copenhagen, CSPV - University of Colorado, Boulder, and Universitas Indonesia, and Universitas Syiah Kuala to conduct the research and adapt the SCSS to the Indonesian context
  • provide general support and guidance together with other project staff to Indonesian PhD students including supervision of these
  • appraise Indonesian primary stakeholders’ capacity building needs within the SCSS framework, monitor and facilitate the adaptation and adoption of the SCSS model together with project management
  • communicate project components and goals to direct and indirect stakeholders (government agencies and ministries, schools, parents, community stakeholders, grant funders, etc.)
  • co-chair the monthly project status meeting together with international Post-Doc during the field visit in Indonesia
  • represent DIGNITY at stakeholders meeting including embassy, government, and other agencies in Indonesia.


We offer you:

  • a job in a dynamic organization with a global outlook and a strong professional focus, where all activities are driven by the desire to make a positive difference for people who have been subjected to torture and violence.
  • an opportunity to be part of a team of committed and skilled colleagues focused on care and shared learning.
  • tasks within a rapidly developing field.
  • flexible working hours and an emphasis on a good work-life balance.


Required skills 

You have a completed doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD) in the relevant field, preferably public health, rehabilitation medicine, clinical psychology, nursing, or social medicine

You have:

  • proven competence in qualitative and quantitative methods (e.g. advanced skills in statistical analysis including knowledge of big dataset analysis), experience with or knowledge of handling of laboratory human biological specimens, the Nine-catalyst interview guide, and possibly social network analysis.
  • knowledge of specialized statistical packages (advanced level of multivariate and clustering analysis, handling missing values, STATA, SPSS, R experience desirable)
  • demonstrated capacity in multi-disciplinary cooperation, and the development of new research questions and approaches
  • familiarity with research and evidence-based program implementation in school/community settings
  • international experience preferably in South-East Asia
  • written and oral proficiency in English
  • knowledge of Indonesian culture and relevant Indonesian languages
  • willingness to travel to USA and Indonesia throughout the duration of the project (2-3 months of training at CSPV in Boulder, USA and 9 months of the job will be spent in Depok and Banda Aceh in Indonesia)
  • experience in team and project management and use of project management tools.


Terms of employment 

The position is located in DIGNITY's International Programmes Department with reference to the Director of the department. Your place of employment will be at Bryggervangen 55, 2100 Copenhagen Ø.

Your supervisor will be Senior Researcher Shr-Jie Sharlenna Wang, MPH, PhD in epidemiology and PI at University of Copenhagen, Morten Koch Andersen, PhD in in international development studies.

The employment as post.doc is limited to two years with the possibility of extension for two years if funding is available. Your working hours are 37 hours per week.

Terms of employment are determined on the basis of regulation on the job structure for scientific staff with research assignments at the Danish Sector Research Institutions. 

Expected start date: August 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Further information

 Further information regarding the position can be obtained by contacting Marie Høgh Thøgersen, on tel. +45 60 10 88 09, or by mail: mht@digity.dk

 Short-listing and academic assessment is used as part of the recruitment process.

 1 page motivated application with CV and diploma, and 3 scientific publications should be submitted via the link and must be received by DIGNITY no later than 15 april, 2021. Please note that since it is only possible to upload 2 files in the system, the diploma and the publications must be collected in the same document as the CV or the application.

 We currently expect to be able to inform about whether you have proceeded to expert assessment by Mid May and answer to expert assessment by the end of May 2021. Also, we currently expect to hold interviews Mid-June, 2021.


DIGNITY is a self-governing humanitarian, politically independent organization. DIGNITY rehabilitates traumatized refugees in Denmark, does international research in the field of torture and delivers targeted development cooperation with organizations and partners in more than twenty developing countries. You can read more about our organization and work at www.dignity.dk. DIGNITY regards diversity as a strength and therefore encourages everyone qualified to apply for the position regardless of ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or age.