Two joint degree PhD fellowships between Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen and Centre for

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Two joint degree PhD fellowships between Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen and Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia)
We are offering two PhD fellowships focusing on medical education for data-intensive healthcare commencing November 1st, 2019, or as soon as possible hereafter.

Our groups and research
These PhD fellowships will be a collaboration enjoying joint supervision from two groups comprising experts in medical pedagogy at Deakin University (headed by Professor Margaret Bearman) and experts in medical science and technology studies (STS) focusing on data-intensive healthcare (headed by Professor Klaus Hoeyer). The place of employment will be in Copenhagen and fellowship will join the everyday activities of an active research group investigating how increased data intensification affects the healthcare services. Among the group’s projects are funded by, among others, the European Research Council, see Affiliation to the Section for General Practice is an option for a project focusing on general practice.

Project description
How do medical doctors learn in digitally enabled and data-intensive environments? Digital technology continues to change everyday practices of healthcare and create much more data-intensive forms of healthcare delivery. Data are used by an increasing number of social actors not only for research and clinical purposes, but also for administration, legal controls and remuneration, while patients also generate their own data, and increasingly expect medical professionals to engage with data from tracking devices of uncertain validity. Data intensification thereby poses new challenges for medical training, while simultaneously changing the very conditions for medical learning and professional roles. We invite investigations of the challenges of data intensification for medical learning that can feed into pre- or postgraduate medical training. There is scope within the project for the applicant to carve out a specific area of interest. Studies may focus on specialized care and/or general practice.

Principal supervisor is Professor Klaus Hoeyer, Department of Public Health, Section for Health Services research,, phone: +45 3532 7996. Co-supervisor is Professor Margaret Bearman, Centre of Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Other co-supervisors can be included, contact for example Professor Susanne Reventlow,, for information about resources at the Section for General Practice. We encourage potential applicants to make contact with the supervisors prior to submission.

Start: November 1st, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter

Duration: 3 years as a PhD student

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teach and disseminate your knowledge
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project e.g. medical doctor, public health science, science and technology studies (STS), anthropology, sociology, pedagogy or related fields. A keen interest in questions of learning and knowledge practices will be central for completion of the project.

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in data intensive healthcare and medical education
  • Language skills

Place of employment
The place of employment is at Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of employment
The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant. Furthermore, to acquire a joint degree at least six months must be spend at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 26.755 DKK /approx. 3.567 EUR (April 2018-level) plus pension.

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

    • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
    • CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
    • Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do
    • Publication list (if possible)

    Application deadline: 13 September 2019, 23.59pm CET
    We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

    The further process
    After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

    The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

    Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

    You can read about the recruitment process at

    The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

    Interviews are expected to be held in week 39

    The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

    Københavns Universitet giver sine knap 10.000 medarbejdere muligheder for at udnytte deres talent fuldt ud i et ambitiøst, uformelt miljø. Vi sikrer traditionsrige og moderne rammer om uddannelser og fri forskning på højt internationalt niveau. Vi søger svar og løsninger på fælles problemer og gør ny viden tilgængelig og nyttig for andre.

    Ansøgningsfrist: 13-09-2019

    Ansættelsesdato: 01-11-2019

    Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Folkesundhedsvidenskab

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