PhD fellowship or postdoc position at Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA) and Center for Health Economics and Policy (CHEP) at Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

We are offering a PhD fellowship/postdoc position focusing on retirement transitions, health and economics commencing December 1 st, 2019, or as soon as possible hereafter.


The PhD fellowship/postdoc will be embedded in our Center for Healthy Aging and Center for Health Economics and Policy. CEHA is a cross-disciplinary research group focusing on health and aging. The PhD fellowship/postdoc will be part of a group focusing on social science and public health issues ( CHEP is a joint research center established by the Faculty of Health and Medicine and the Faculty of Social Sciences at UCPH in 2013. Karsten Vrangbæk is heading CHEP along with Mette Gørtz, who will be co-supervisor for the project. CHEP is host to a number of projects focusing on health economics and policy in Denmark and internationally (see


Project description

Retirement is a significant transition in the life course of European citizens. Many countries are encouraging people to stay longer in the workforce and flexible retirement schemes are on the rise. But what are the consequences of these developments and how do decision about retirement relate to questions about health, social networks, economy and quality of life. – With this project, we want to answer a number of highly specific questions: Who retires when and how? – What are the emerging models of flexible retirement in Europe? Is retirement good for your health and quality of life? – And what are the determinants of a good retirement process? – We collaborate closely with researchers at the Section for Social Medicine at UCPH in regards to cohort and registry data analysis and we encourage cross country comparisons for health economic and policy analysis. We also collaborate with researchers at the Department of Psychology for issues of work-place environment and the psychological dimensions of continued employment.

Principal supervisor is Professor Karsten Vrangbæk, Department of Public Health, Section for Health Services research,, phone: +45 29410069

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

Duration:          3 years as a PhD student  or postdoc


Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry out 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 tasks for postdocs are:

  • Carry out an independent research project under supervision
  • Participate in active research environments
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your projects

  Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants for the PhD fellowship must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project and with a specialization in health economics.- Applicants for the postdoc position must have qualifications corresponding to a PhD degree in health economics, public health or related disciplines. –  A keen interest in questions of aging and a willingness to engage in cross disciplinary research will be central for completion of the project. Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD/postdoc project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in aging, health, economics, quantitative analysis and cross-disciplinary research
  • Fluency in Danish or other Scandinavian language

 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/postdoc is full time and for 3 years. The PhD position 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. 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/postdoc, 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)
  • Certificate of PhD degree (for postdoc applications)

Application deadline: 30 October 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.



Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Deadline: 30 October 2019
Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Campus: Institut for Folkesundhedsvidenskab
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Post expires on Wednesday October 30th, 2019