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Two postdocs in multi-disciplinary aging research (epidemiology and general practice)

The University of Southern Denmark invites applications for two positions as postdocs affiliated with the multidisciplinary Danish Aging Research Center (DARC). The overarching research theme is The last years of life - health, treatment, and well-being. One postdoc position will be anchored in an epidemiological group and one in a General Practice research group. The positions will run for a period of two years from February 1st, 2019, and may be extended.

Job description

For both postdoc positions, the applicant will be expected to have a strong background in one of the specific research areas (Epidemiology or General Practice) and an interest in cross-disciplinary work which will include Literary Studies.

Epidemiology postdoc

Through DARC, an outstanding data resource from in-person surveys on the health, treatment and well-being of the Danish birth cohorts 1895, 1905, 1910, and 1915 has been established. The successful applicant will use these survey data and national register data to elucidate the secular development in health and treatment in the last years of life – and how it relates to well-being. The applicant will work in a multi-disciplinary team of epidemiologists, mathematicians, biodemographers, and biostatisticians with frequent interactions with the General Practice and the Literature groups who will inform the research regarding treatment and perceptions of well-being, respectively.

Major requirements

- A PhD-degree in epidemiology or comparable

- A master’s degree in health science or comparable

- Research in epidemiology or Public Health, preferably across disciplines

- A proven interest in the fundamentals of epidemiology, medicine and/or aging research

Candidates should also have a strong interest in pursuing excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and in supervising students and researchers.

Other requirements

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent analytical abilities
- Fluent English language skills
- Capable of working independently as well as in multidisciplinary teams
- A strong team player

Further information can be obtained from the Head of the Danish Aging Research Center, Professor Kaare Christensen, telephone +45 6550 3049, email kchristensen@health.sdu.dk

General Practice postdoc

The applicant will by using qualitative research methods including interviews with GPs, old patients and their relatives to provide an insight into their interpretation of the concept of well-being and how they have experienced that well-being, frailty and disease management have changed over the last few decades. The applicant will also participate in quantitative research based on Danish national registers with a focus on diagnoses, indicators of quality and use of healthcare services provided to people in the last years of life for the period 1995-2015. Further, focus will be on the importance of socioeconomic factors, gender, geography, demography and comorbidity and on to what degree factors linked to the individual general practice can explain some of the variation in diagnosis, indicators of quality and use of healthcare services. The results obtained will feed into recommendations for improving services provided by General Practice to old patients in the last years of their lives.

Major requirements

- A PhD-degree in health services research methods or comparable

- Profound insight into general practice

- A master’s degree in health science or comparable

- A strong interest in the fundamentals of general practice and aging research

Candidates should also have a strong interest in pursuing excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and in supervising students and researchers.

Other requirements

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent analytical abilities
- Fluent English language skills
- Capable of working independently as well as in multidisciplinary teams
- A strong team player

Further information can be obtained from the Head of the Research Unit for General Practice, Professor Jens Søndergaard, telephone +45 65503691, email jsoendergaard@health.sdu.dk

Applications will be assessed by expert committees. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

Applications - including the required attachments - must be sent via the below-mentioned link “Apply online". Only online applications will be accepted. Attached files must be Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 Mb.

The application must contain (as pdf.- or docx.-files):

• an application
• a detailed CV
• degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
• a complete and numbered list of publications
• up to 3 scientific peer-reviewed publications considered by the applicant to the most important for this position. Please notice that one pdf.- or docx.-file must be attached for each publication.
• a teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy
• a research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work.

Incomplete applications with regard to the above-mentioned requirements will not be assessed.

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

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Deadline 2018-Oct-21

You can apply for the job at Faculty of Health Sciences by completing the application form

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