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PhD Positions in Healthy Psychology / Behavioural Medicine, Department of Psyckology, University of Copenhagen

PhD Positions in Healthy Psychology / Behavioural Medicine in a partnership between the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen and the Diabetes Management Research at the Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen
Funded by Department of Psychology as part of its partnership with the Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen (SDCC), applications are invited for a PhD position (three years) at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The chosen candidate will work in a project developing evidence-based guidelines for the provision of psychological care of children and parents, when they are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The chosen candidate will conduct a systematic literature review, qualitative interviews and focus groups with children and parents, observational studies of interactions between health care professionals, children and parents, and an international survey of current practice. The Principal Supervisor will be Professor Timothy Skinner with associate supervisors in the Department of Psychology and the SDCC. Ideally, employment will start April 1st 2018, or soon as possible after this date.
Deadline for applications 28 February 2018. 
Applicants should have studied Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology or a relevant Health Profession (nursing, dietetics/nutrition) or a closely related field, and must have completed a two year MSc degree program or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting the employment. 
The applicants should have prior experience with qualitative research and preferably with health promotion research in the area of diabetes management. Candidates should have extensive experience interacting with a diverse range of health care professionals, children across diverse age groups and parents from diverse socio economic backgrounds.  It is a requirement to understand and speak Danish fluently.  
The application should include: 

  • a cover/motivation letter (max. 2 pages) 
  • CV  
  • study certificates 
  • own publications (if applicable; either as a first or co-author 
  • Master thesis (if applicable), as well as the name and contact information of at least one reference.  
The application must be submitted electronically via the Job Portal of the University of Copenhagen ( The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.  
The chosen candidate will be enrolled as PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences (see the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of August 27th 2013), completing the PhD program as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study program (see PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). PhD students have a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3-year period without additional pay. The work obligation can include teaching (typically, not more than two seminars within the 3-year period).  
Application process  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment by the Appointments Committee (shortlisting). All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed on for assessment or not. The shortlisting will be based on the qualifications and knowledge in relevant aspects, as well as on the motivation of the applicants. Shortlisted 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 her-/himself. You can read about the recruitment process at Applicants who are invited for interviews will be contacted by the end of March at the latest. 
The deadline for applications is February 28th 2018, 12 PM CET.  
Applications sent by regular mail or by email or received after the deadline will not be taken into account. 

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