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Clinical Specialists at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University Hospital

The positions will start 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, and is permanent full-time positions. The appointments will be at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University Hospital and Aarhus University.

Department of Clinical Epidemiology is a highly specialized research department working with clinical epidemiology at an international level. Our mission is to contribute to improved diagnostics and treatment and thus improved patients’ prognosis. We seek to fulfill our mission by four means:  

1.    Free and independent research at an internationally high level within diagnostics, treatment and prognosis
2.    Methods development
3.    A graduate programme
4.    Counselling of clinical departments and public authorities regarding clinical epidemiology

Department of Clinical Epidemiology builds on the long tradition of research and teaching within epidemiology that has been established at Aarhus University. We strive to maintain an international and stimulating work environment with highly qualified employees with good social skills. More information on the Department of Clinical Epidemiology here.

Your job responsibilities
The positions will involve both research and teaching responsibilities. In daily work, the clinical specialists will work closely with other epidemiologists, clinicians, and statisticians on a given project, in Denmark and internationally. 

The main tasks are

  • Serve as a day-to-day investigator for national and multinational epidemiologic studies (pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacovigilance, risk minimisation studies, validation studies), including contribution to and oversight of preparation of the required approvals and data applications for studies conducted in collaboration with private or public stakeholders, including industry and regulatory agencies
  • Develop from start and contribute to externally developed standard scientific documentation, including study protocols, statistical analysis plans, reports to regulatory agencies and/or industry in accordance with deadlines while adhering to the applicable templates, guidelines and quality standards, such as those put forth by the European Medicines Agency and the European Network of Centres for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (ENCePP)
  • Collaborate in various research roles with national and international academic and contract research organisations, primarily on studies of safety and effectiveness of medicinal agents and vaccines, using routinely collected health data, and, if applicable, data collected from electronic and other medical records (e.g., for endpoint validation). 
  • Collaborate with internal and external experts to ensure each project receives the necessary clinical, statistical, and epidemiologic expertise, and adequate data quality
  • Take the lead on (co-)authoring relevant peer-reviewed articles to ensure judicious interpretation of the study results and timely publication of important epidemiologic evidence
  • Develop own research agenda and seek research funding
  • Contribute to teaching and supervision at the Aarhus University Faculty of Health Sciences at undergraduate and graduate level. It is possible to be affiliated with Aarhus University as external lecturer according to qualifications

The composition of the tasks may vary according to the department’s research priorities but will ensure that the employee will gain further qualifications within research. 

The candidates
The successful candidates will have
  • Academic qualifications at PhD level or equivalent with strong formal training in epidemiologic methods in one or more of the following areas: epidemiology, public health, pharmaceutical sciences
  • Advanced training in epidemiologic principles and methods; ability to apply these methods correctly in studies; and capacity to judiciously interpret findings from studies that use these methods 
  • Experience in collaborating with other national and international research groups in pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance, including effective and productive work collaborations with various stakeholders in non-academic sector, such as industry and regulators
  • Experience planning, designing, coordinating and implementing – from development of protocol and statistical analysis plan to publication - epidemiologic studies using routinely collected health data and applying state-of-the art epidemiologic methods 
  • Experience and familiarity with non-Nordic sources of routinely collected data, such as UK general-practice databases or US claims data
  • Strong analytical and writing skills and a track record of scientific publications and conference presentation of research on in pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance using routinely collected health data
On a personal level the successful candidate will 
  • Be mature, ambitious, take ownership, and possess good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Work independently, be responsible, and be capable of planning one’s own work
  • Supervise and plan the work of study coordinators, statisticians, epidemiologists, and calling for relevant clinical expertise when necessary
  • Be able to plan and oversee successful implementation of long-term multi-stakeholder projects
  • Possess fluency in oral and written English 

Questions about the position
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Head of Department, Professor and Chair, Henrik Toft Sørensen or Professor of Phase IV studies, Vera Ehrenstein. 

Salary and employment conditions in accordance with the applicable collective agreement. The employment is conditional on a satisfactory child certificate.

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