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PhD position in register based research, Department of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University 1010712

The Department of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University is looking to appoint a PhD candidate (PhD student – a 3-year appointment) in the field of neurology and register based research with a focus on epidemiological studies of traumatic brain injury and epilepsy in Denmark.

Traumatic Brain Injury and risk of Epilepsy

Traumatic brain injury and epilepsy are now recognized as major contributors to the burden of disease worldwide. Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain that affects people of all ages. Approximately 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological diseases globally. Epilepsy accounts for 0.6%, of the global burden of disease, a time-based measure that combines years of life lost due to premature mortality and time lived in less than full health. Epilepsy has significant economic implications in terms of health care needs, premature death and lost work productivity.

Danish health registers provide a remarkable opportunity to study the distribution and determinants of diseases (e.g. prevalence, age of onset, mortality). The PhD candidate will join a multidisciplinary team funded by a Clinician Scientist Fellowship (The Novo Nordisk Foundation), awarded to Associate Prof. Jakob Christensen. Separate funding has to be obtained for this PhD position for which the candidate must prepare a protocol. The candidate will work in collaboration with researchers from the National Centre for Register-based Research, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University.

The PhD candidate will apply state of the art epidemiological methods. The underlying data will be derived from Danish health registers. The candidate will have the opportunity to learn about contemporary statistical methods for analyzing epidemiological studies, and will have the opportunity to work in a highly specialized research environment. 

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

The successful candidate should have a strong academic background. We are looking for a candidate who has a strong interest in epidemiology and in the application of novel statistical methods in large-scale datasets. Furthermore, the right candidate has an inquisitive mind-set and the ability to plan, organize and execute work independently.

Prerequisites are:
• A completed degree in public health, statistics, epidemiology, human medicine or social science.
• Fluency in spoken and written English. Danish is an advantage

Strong assets include:
• A completed MSc-level thesis in a related field
• Authorship of peer-reviewed publications
• Experience in using statistical software such as SAS, R, or Stata.
• Experience with the presentation of research results 

Terms of employment

The successful candidate will be employed in a fixed-term position at the Department of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital (AUH), Denmark. The candidate will work with Dr. Jakob Christensen (Department of Neurology, AUH), and collaborate with a wider team of researchers, including post doc Julie W Dreier and associate professor Yuelian Sun (National Center for Register-based Research, AU).

You can find more information about PhD at Aarhus University here: http://talent.au.dk/phd/. As a PhD student, you will be remunerated according to the relevant basic salary scale of the collective agreement depending on whether or not you have been employed after completing your Master’s program. 

Application procedure

The PhD fellowship project must be ready for application for the February 2019 application round at The Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University (http://talent.au.dk/phd/health) with an expected start on the PhD programme from May 2019. It is a requirement that the successful candidate applies for and is approved for enrolment as a PhD at Aarhus University. The application for enrolment is separate and will have to be submitted in accordance with the open call of the Graduate School, Health, Aarhus University.
For further information, please contact Jakob Christensen (+ 45 60865899, jakob@farm.au.dk) or Julie W. Dreier (jwdreier@econ.au.dk).

Applications must contain the applicant’s CV, motivation letter, list of grades, plus name, address and email of at least 1 referee, and must be sent by email to Jakob Christensen (Jakob@farm.au.dk) by November 15 th, 2018 at the latest with title “PhD position in Neurology”. Interviews will be held during November in person or via Skype.


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