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Postdoc position in Economics

Topic: The White Death, Public Policy and Development

Applications are invited for a Postdoc position at the Department of Business and Economics, to be filled by February 1, 2021 or soon thereafter. The position is for 12 months. Appointment to the position as post.doc. presupposes scientific qualifications documented through a PhD degree in a social scientific or related discipline prior to starting.

The department has a strong tradition for high-quality research and teaching within the various areas of business economics and economics. The research and teaching activities at the department are organized within four groups: Accounting; Finance; Microeconomics, and Econometrics and Economic History. 

It is the aim of the department to conduct research of the highest international standard documented through 1.) publications in internationally distinguished journals, 2.) presentations at international conferences and 3.) dissemination with high visibility and broad social impact.

Furthermore, the department emphasizes to offer high-quality research-based teaching using the most relevant teaching methods to enhance students’ learning. 

The Postdoc will be part of the Historical Economics and Development Group (HEDG) and affiliated with CPOP - The SDU Interdisciplinary Center on Population Dynamics. Since its establishment in 2011, HEDG has been one of the fastest growing groups within economic history and is arguably one of the leading groups in Europe. The work carried out by the group can be described as quantitative economic history. More information about HEDG and CPOP can be found at:

 Job description 

The position is funded by the Danish Research Council. The project is entitled “The White Death, Public Policy and Development” and studies the consequences of public policies targeted at reducing Tuberculosis (TB) prevalence and deaths for mortality and economic development prior to the invention of antibiotics. Using differences-in-differences and triple differences research designs, we propose to investigate different historical policies using data from the US, Denmark and other European countries. This speaks to debates on whether public policy mattered for the decline in TB and whether improving the disease environment matters for economic performance. It also speaks to whether TB can be combatted in societies that faces drug resistant TB. The project has already produced publications in The Economic Journal and Journal of Development Economics 

Professor Peter Sandholt Jensen ( is the principal investigator of the project. Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor, Peter Sandholt Jensen, e-mail 

The Recruitment Process

Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent and will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a PDF for each publication. NOTE: If publications have been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf. This example can serve as a template, but the statement is just for inspiration.
    • Please attach the PhD dissertation as a publication, if such exist

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Assessment of applications will be done under existing Appointment Order for universities.

Applications will be assessed by an academic assessment committee that determines whether applicants are qualified for the position.

The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. The committee reserves the right to arrive at a decision solely based on the material submitted.

Applications that are incomplete with regards to the above requirements may be rejected without any substantive evaluation.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns the person in question. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the head of department who will assemble an appointment committee. The appointment committee will manage and complete a series of job interviews.
Based on the applications, the written assessments, the job interviews, and a deliberation within the appointment committee, the head of department determines which candidate will be offered the position.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than November 22, 2020 using the link below. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked).

Read the guideline for the applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

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