18 January 2022

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Early Life Environmental Epidemiology


We are searching for a highly qualified, thorough and motivated researcher for a two year Postdoc position at the Department of Public Health at University of Copenhagen.

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The postdoctoral research fellow will be part of an interdisciplinary and international research team and mainly involved in CHIPS, a large epidemiological research project with focus on health effects of prenatal exposure to acrylamide from diet, as well as other early life epidemiological research and participating in the daily duties of the Department.

The successful candidate will be responsible of sophisticated statistical analyses of complex data obtained from national registries, large birth cohorts and biomarker analysis of blood. The specific work tasks will include data manangement of large studies, scientific work related to dietary intake and health, statistical analysis of data, writing scientific papers and presentation of findings at professional meetings.

The postdoctoral research fellow will also be encouraged and mentored to develop new proposals and research initiatives to support additional research. Exchange stays with collaborating research centers will be optional. Over the course of the position, opportunities to teach at either the graduate or undergraduate level exist.

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

  • PhD in Epidemiology, Public Health, Medicine, Data Science, Statistics/Biostatistics, or other relevant disciplines
  • Excellent skills in quantitative analysis and highly experienced in working with large and complex dataset, preferable also register-based studies and FFQ-data are preferred
  • Active interest in Early Life Environmental Epidemiology and experience in SAS, R and/or Stata would be an asset
  • Strong English, scientific writing and oral communications skills, as well as the ability to work independently, effectively and collaboratively.

About us
We offer creative and stimulating working conditions with dedicted colleagues. The Department of Public Health is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Science at the University of Copenhagen. The department has more than 300 employees divided on 8 sections. We are a diverse and exciting workplace and it is important to us that you are given the opportunity to grow, both on a professionally and personal level during your time with us. We are located at the Center for Society and Health, just a few minutes’ walk from Nørreport station and the city center of Copenhagen. More information about Department of Public Health can be found at our website http://publichealth.ku.dk. The Section of Epidemiology is responsible for research and teaching in epidemiology and has approximately 35 employees.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. Information on the Section can be found at: https://publichealth.ku.dk/about-the-department/section-epidemiology/ 

Terms of employment 
The Postdoc position is a full time (37 working hours weekly) and fixed-term for 2 years. Starting date is April 1, 2022, or as soon as possible hereafter.

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 35,003 DKK/approx. 4,705 Euro (October 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 been tax liable in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 11, 2019.

More information about the position and the projects is available by contacting Dr. Marie Pedersen, Associate Professor, Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen by email: mp@sund.ku.dk or phone: +45 60155545.

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your online application may 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. two pages)
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position -  Please include the names and contact information of at least 2 individuals who can provide a recommendation
  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:  6 February 2022, 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

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.


Marie Pedersen
E-mail: mp@sund.ku.dk


Application deadline: 06-02-2022
Employment start: 01-04-2022
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Public Health