PhD fellow at the PhD Programme Research in Health and Society

The Department of People and Technology at Roskilde University is looking for a PhD fellow for the Programme Research in Health and Society. The position as PhD fellow is limited to 3 years.

You will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of People and Technology, and be associated to the PhD Programme “Research in Health and Society”. The deadline for starting will be as soon as possible.

There is a special interest in receiving PhD applications under the theme:

Inequity in health:  Studies of social and cultural inequity and inequality in health, as well as the social and cultural processes of gaining access to, and exclusion from healthy settings and healthy lives. We invite applications that wish to theorize and empirically explore social and cultural phenomena in relation to inequity in health. This could be either marginalization and vulnerability, social privileges and class, gender and sex, ethnicity and xenophobia, ageism, place and displacement, medicalization and pathologization, etc. We also invite studies on the impact of specific enabling structures, salutogenetic approaches and health promoting strategies and practices, and how they may influence the psycho-social environment of health in relation to larger equity.

PhD Programme Research in Health and Society: The PhD programme is concerned with critical social scientific and humanistic health research that may contribute to improving conditions for good and healthy lives and a healthy society. Research is focussed on relations between health, culture and society, and contributes to critical studies of existing knowledge regimes, discourses, practices of health and health promotion. Equity, access, sustainability and welfare are guiding perspectives in the study of health strategies and institutional practices, as well as in the study of health in everyday life settings, in communities and as a part of identity and subjective experience. The study programme is transdisciplinary, and has expertise in qualitative ethnographic, interview, discourse analytical and action research methodologies and methods.

PhD applications should inscribe themselves into the profile of the PhD programme.
You can read more about the research at the Department of People and Technology here: PhD School for People and Technology conducts research aimed at sustainable solutions, often through experimental approaches and from a perspective of supporting people’s active and learning engagement. The department covers human, social, health and IT-science, as well as planning, intervention and design-oriented disciplines. The PhD school has 5 PhD programmes, each with their own focus points: 1/ Learning, Working Life and Social Innovation, 2/ Social Psychology of Everyday Life, 3/ Information Technology, 4/ Society, Space and Technology, and 5/ Research in Health and Society.

Responsibilities and duties 

The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks in the position are defined as follows in accordance with the Executive Order on the PhD programme at universities and certain artistic educational institutions (PhD Executive Order), currently Executive Order no. 1039 of 27/08/2013:• Implementation of an independent research project under supervision (the PhD project).

• Completing PhD courses or other similar educational elements comprising the equivalent of approx. 30 ECTS credits.

• Participation in active research environments, including stays at other, primarily foreign, research institutions, private research companies, etc.

• Obtaining experience with teaching activities or other forms of knowledge dissemination related to the PhD project in question.

• Preparation of a PhD thesis based on the PhD project. 


Applicants must have a relevant master’s degree or equivalent qualification 


The assessment of candidates for the position will consider:• A relevant master’s degree or equivalent (equivalent (according to Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education:

• Other academic qualifications described in the job advertisement.


The assessment for enrolment will also consider:

• The project description and schedule for the PhD project – 5-8 pages.
• Quality and relevance of the methodological and theoretical choices
• Consistency and coherence between the project and the choice of method and theory
• Relevance of the project for the PhD school
• Ability to complete the PhD project
• Educational qualifications and any additional professional qualifications, e.g. relevant professional experience and publications 

Roskilde University

Roskilde University was originally established in order to challenge academic traditions and to experiment with new ways to create and acquire knowledge. We cultivate a project and problem-oriented approach to knowledge creation, because we believe that the most relevant results are obtained by solving real problems in collaboration with others. We employ an interdisciplinary approach because no major problems are ever resolved on the basis of any single academic discipline alone. We also cultivate transparency, because we passionately believe that participation and knowledge-sharing are prerequisites for freedom of thought, democracy, tolerance and development.


Further details

For further information about the position, please contact:
PhD coordinator Mikael Meldstad, +45 4674-2732,
PhD programme director, Professor Betina Dybbroe, +45 4674- 2339 

Terms of employment 

This is a full-time position, reporting to the head of department, Anders Siig Andersen.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.
Application procedure 
After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later on – their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

To apply for the position go to
Only applications in English are accepted.
Applications must include:
1. Cover letter
2. CV
3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent
4. Your description of the PhD project
5. Your time schedule of the PhD project
6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications.
Please submit your application no later than 01-09-2018
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.
Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
Application due date
Institut for Mennesker og Teknologi
Ph.d. stillinger
Betina Dybbroe
Professor (MSO)
Mikael David Meldstad
Akademisk medarbejder

Post expires on Saturday September 1st, 2018