Postdoc in social epidemiology

The Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University and The Section of Social Medicine at Department of Public Health at University of Copenhagen invite applications for a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of Social Epidemiology. The position would start 1 December 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, and is a two-year full-time position.

The appointment will be at The Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University.

More information on The Department of Clinical Epidemiology:

About the research project
The project involves analyzing large Danish register data to examine the effects of neighborhood deprivation on dementia and its vascular risk factors among a cohort of immigrants to Denmark. The project emphasizes policy evaluation, social determinants, and research methods leveraging natural experiments.

The project is a collaboration between The Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University, The Section of Social Medicine, University of Copenhagen, and the Social Policies for Health Equity Research Program at University of California San Francisco (

Your job responsibilities
As Postdoc, the position is primarily research-based but may also involve teaching assignments.

In daily work, the Postdoc will work closely with colleagues on the project, both in Denmark and in the US. He/she will receive supervision and guidance from the principal investigator and other colleagues. The main tasks will consist of:

  • Research in social epidemiology, specifically about neighbourhood deprivation and health.
  • Conduct independent statistical analysis using data from Danish population-based and medical registries, and draft high-quality manuscripts for publication.
  • Collaborate with national and international collaborators.
  • Develop an independent research agenda and prepare grant applications to establish research independence.
  • Contribute to teaching at the Aarhus University Faculty of Health Sciences or at Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen.

The composition of the tasks may vary according to the department’s research priorities but will ensure that the Postdoc will gain further qualifications within research. The position is financed externally and assignments will be determined in collaboration with University of California San Francisco.

Your competencies
The successful candidate will have academic qualifications at PhD level or equivalent, preferably within one or more of the following areas: epidemiology, public health, health policy, economics, sociology. Prior experience with carrying out data analysis is required, including regression analysis ideally with longitudinal or multi-level data. Research experience in social determinants of health, health disparities, or immigrant health is desirable. Research experience analyzing and incorporating data from Danish (or other) registries would be useful, particularly data incorporating socioeconomic or health data.

On a personal level, a successful candidate will be ambitious, take ownership, and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. We expect the Postdoc to be fluent in oral and written English.

An applicant who can document the following competences will be preferred:
  • Experience with research in social epidemiology
  • Experience in collaborating with other research groups
  • Strong analytical and writing skills
  • Methodological expertise in longitudinal data analysis
  • Ability to program statistical analyses using SAS, Stata, R or equivalent
  • Publication record in peer-reviewed scientific journals and experience presenting research findings at international conferences
  • Ability to work independently, be responsible, and be capable of planning one’s own work

Questions about the position
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Head of Department, Professor and Chair Henrik Toft Sørensen or Chief Statistician, Professor Lars Pedersen.

Terms of employment
Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system
  • Template for applicant - postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

International applicant?
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here. Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Development Programme. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at

21 October 2020


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