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PhD special call: PhD position in connection with the research project "Behavioural sources of health inequality"

Aarhus BSS Graduate School, Aarhus University invites applicants for a PhD Scholarship in connection with the research project "Behavioural sources of health inequality" at the PhD Programme Economics and Business Economics

The position is available from 1 September 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

The research project

The PhD project is in at the intersect of behavioural economics and health economics. The candidate will have an advisor from each of these sub-disciplines within economics and will be part of both the group of behavioural economists and the public policy group at the department.

The first part of the PhD fellowship is part of a larger project with researchers from behavioural economics, health economics, and disease management. In this part, the candidate will work with the advisors and a wider team of researchers to to study behavioural sources and mediators of inequality in health outcomes. A first step towards reducing inequality in health outcomes is to understand the sources of the inequality, such that it can be tackled at its roots. This project will collect new data among Danish families with a type 1 diabetic child on individual preferences and behavioural patterns and investigate how these behavioural factors influences how well the families follow health advice and adhere to treatment. The gathered knowledge will later provide input to the design of behavioural interventions aimed at establishing better health habits.

The second part of the PhD fellowship is more flexible and may concern related topics that fit specific interests of the candidate. The application should include a project description for a research idea for this part of the PhD.

We are looking for a candidate with a background in economics. Knowledge about behavioural economics, health economics and applied econometrics is considered an asset, as is experience with quantitative research methods and register data

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact Mette Trier Damgaard, mdamgaard@econ.au.dk, tel: 42729276

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Ulla Prisholm Bjørn, Tel.: +45 93521364, Email: upb@au.dk

Place of work

Fuglesangs Allé 4, DK - 8210 Aarhus V


Formal requirements

You can read more about how to apply in the application guide and find the rules and regulations of the PhD education here.

The following criteria are decisive in the assessment of the candidates:

  • the applicant’s academic qualifications (assessed on the basis of the qualifying degree)
  • the quality and relevance of the project proposal
  • the applicant’s level of academic aptitude and assessed ability to complete the project within the framework of the PhD programme
You can read more about the assessment procedure and committees appointed by the dean here. Please note that for applications to the programme for Psychology and Behavioural Science, the criteria for assessment are specified here.

Applicants are very much encouraged to supply documentation as to how they rank compared to their class (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees). This may for example be in the form of a letter from your University stating either how you rank as an individual student compared to other students the year you graduated ("ranks as no. 6 out of 111" or "ranks as among the best 8 percent") or if that is not possible, general information from your University as to how grades were distributed in the year of your graduation, will be appreciated.

Please note that Aarhus BSS Graduate School reserves the right to evaluate the applications on the basis of the documentation received before deadline, and you will not necessarily be asked for further documentation. Furthermore, Aarhus BSS Graduate School reserves the right to reject application that do not comply with the limitations as stated in the application guide (see link above).
Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.


Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 39,000 students, including 1,800 PhD students, and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more about the PhD programmes at Aarhus University at www.phd.au.dk.

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Aarhus BSS Graduate School, Aarhus University invites applicants for a PhD Scholarship in connection with the research project "Behavioural sources of health inequality" at the PhD Programme Economics and Business Economics

The position is available from 1 September 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

The research project

The PhD project is in at the intersect of behavioural economics and health economics. The candidate will have an advisor from each of these sub-disciplines within economics and will be part of both the group of behavioural economists and the public policy group at the department.

The first part of the PhD fellowship is part of a larger project with researchers from behavioural economics, health economics, and disease management. In this part, the candidate will work with the advisors and a wider team of researchers to to study behavioural sources and mediators of inequality in health outcomes. A first step towards reducing inequality in health outcomes is to understand the sources of the inequality, such that it can be tackled at its roots. This project will collect new data among Danish families with a type 1 diabetic child on individual preferences and behavioural patterns and investigate how these behavioural factors influences how well the families follow health advice and adhere to treatment. The gathered knowledge will later provide input to the design of behavioural interventions aimed at establishing better health habits.

The second part of the PhD fellowship is more flexible and may concern related topics that fit specific interests of the candidate. The application should include a project description for a research idea for this part of the PhD.

We are looking for a candidate with a background in economics. Knowledge about behavioural economics, health economics and applied econometrics is considered an asset, as is experience with quantitative research methods and register data

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact Mette Trier Damgaard, mdamgaard@econ.au.dk, tel: 42729276

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Ulla Prisholm Bjørn, Tel.: +45 93521364, Email: upb@au.dk

Place of work

Fuglesangs Allé 4, DK - 8210 Aarhus V


Formal requirements

You can read more about how to apply in the application guide and find the rules and regulations of the PhD education here.

The following criteria are decisive in the assessment of the candidates:

  • the applicant’s academic qualifications (assessed on the basis of the qualifying degree)
  • the quality and relevance of the project proposal
  • the applicant’s level of academic aptitude and assessed ability to complete the project within the framework of the PhD programme
You can read more about the assessment procedure and committees appointed by the dean here. Please note that for applications to the programme for Psychology and Behavioural Science, the criteria for assessment are specified here.

Applicants are very much encouraged to supply documentation as to how they rank compared to their class (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees). This may for example be in the form of a letter from your University stating either how you rank as an individual student compared to other students the year you graduated ("ranks as no. 6 out of 111" or "ranks as among the best 8 percent") or if that is not possible, general information from your University as to how grades were distributed in the year of your graduation, will be appreciated.

Please note that Aarhus BSS Graduate School reserves the right to evaluate the applications on the basis of the documentation received before deadline, and you will not necessarily be asked for further documentation. Furthermore, Aarhus BSS Graduate School reserves the right to reject application that do not comply with the limitations as stated in the application guide (see link above).
Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.


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Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 39,000 students, including 1,800 PhD students, and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more about the PhD programmes at Aarhus University at www.phd.au.dk.

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