Postdoctoral researcher in eating disorders with expertise in epidemiology

Mental Health Center Ballerup seeks a postdoctoral researcher to join a strong international research environment in eating disorders, starting from March 2023 or soon thereafter. The position will be offered between 80-100% FTE, depending on seniority.  

The position

You will contribute to a large grant on risk and resilience for the development of eating disorders across development, mostly focusing on adolescents and young adults. You will have diverse tasks and responsibilities, incl. conceiving research ideas, developing study protocols, data analysis, writing manuscripts etc. in collaboration with both in-house, national and international collaborators. There will be opportunities for you to develop new research questions.

The project will rely on Danish register data and large population-based cohorts (e.g., ALSPAC, UK Biobank).

You will join a dynamic and growing team and work across the Eating Disorders Research Unit and the Institute of Biological Psychiatry.

As well as benefitting from this large collaborative grant, you will benefit from an existing large network of collaborations both within Denmark and abroad.

In this position you will supervise junior colleagues (PhD students, research assistants, interns, etc.). and report to the Head of the Eating Disorders Unit.


The Center for Eating and feeding Disorders Research-CEDaR) is a multicultural and multidisciplinary team recently set up with a large portfolio of grants, across epidemiological, genetic, neuroimaging, and clinical intervention studies in feeding and eating disorders. We are a dynamic, collaborative, and international team, that is rapidly growing. The unit has several international collaborations with the UK, US, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland.

Research in eating disorders is a highly prioritized research area of the Mental Health Services in the Capital Region of Denmark. We have a strong commitment to perform research at the highest international level with the aim of providing new insights into what causes eating disorders and better treatments for patients.


  • You are highly motivated to drive and pursue research in eating disorders.
  • You have a PhD in epidemiology or public health, or epidemiology applied to behavioural data. It is desirable but not necessary to have experience in obesity or eating disorders research.
  • You are an enthusiastic researcher, with experience in designing and carrying out research in psychiatric epidemiology.
  • You have proven skills in effective project management and co-ordination.
  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • You have experience in working on Danish registers (desirable).

You must demonstrate original academic production in the field of psychiatric epidemiology, as evidenced by peer reviewed publications in English. 

Participation in international networks and collaboration with researchers and key institutions within eating disorders or epidemiology is an advantage.


Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisations.

The position is in accordance with best Danish labour practices, including a 37-hour work week, six weeks of paid vacation per annum, funded parental leave, matched pension contributions, enrolment in national healthcare, and labour union representation.

The position is funded by a 7-year Laureate award from the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) grant to Prof Micali, and  initially offered for a fixed-term of two years with the possibility of an extension to five years.

Non-Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark in the last 10 years.

Application procedure

The position is open for appointment until the 30th March. Rolling interviews will be held as applications are reviewed. The position is available at the earliest convenience. 

Applications – including the required attachments – must be sent via the link provided. Only online applications will be accepted. Applications must be written in English.

The application must contain:

  • a motivation letter
  • a detailed CV
  • degree certificates
  • a complete and numbered list of publications
  • two references

References will be obtained for the applicant who is the first choice for the position. The application will be evaluated by an assessment committee.

If you are interested in the position but want to know more or are unsure about your CV fitting the position contact the Head of the Eating Disorders Unit Prof. Nadia Micali, email: PA and Unit administrator Kate Livemore,

Do you want to know more about us?

Since 2017, treatment of all adult patients with Eating Disorders in the Capital region has been located at Mental Health Centre Ballerup, and around one thousand patients are referred for treatment each year, making it one of the largest clinics for Eating Disorders in Europe.

Mental Health Center Ballerup is a part of Copenhagen University Hospital and one of nine departments, that provide treatment for mental disorders in the Capital Region of Denmark. The department consists of ten inpatient wards comprising 157 beds, nine outpatient clinics with several specialized functions and three research groups. We employ around 90 medical doctors and 80 psychologists in addition to nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, and technical and administrative staff.


Job type

Forsker, Postdoc


Region Hovedstadens Psykiatri

Work hours

Full Time

Job number


Application due


Contact us

Nadia Micali

Read the job description at the university homepage




Post expires on Thursday March 30th, 2023