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Senior Researcher for the National Centre for Register-based Research (NCRR) Environment and mental health 985979

Do you want to be part of an inspiring research environment with exciting and versatile tasks in close cooperation with talented researchers? Then maybe you are our new colleague.

Job description
The National Centre for Register-based Research, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University, is seeking a Senior Researcher (epidemiologist and/or candidate with register-based research experience) in a 6-year position to be filled in on October 1st 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is financed by various external grants for research projects seeking to identify the interaction between genetic and environmental factors and severe mental disorders, among others schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, and autism. Specific focus fields include identification of environmental exposure to mental illness using Big Data, as well as interaction between genetic and environmental factors.

The position is mainly focused on research, and tasks include systematic and independent implementation of a range of research projects in cooperation with relevant local, national and international collaborators. This involves design of register-based studies, analysis of relevant data sources, as well as preparation, publication and presentation of results at international conferences and in peer-reviewed scientific articles. Furthermore, the position will include administrative tasks in connection with obtaining relevant permissions from public authorities as well as guidance of researchers in handling of private data and participation in grant applications.


Applicants must possess research qualication research qualifications corresponding to those obtained after successful completion of af periode of employment as post doc or researcher, but equivalent academic qualifications may also be accepted.

-    Master’s degree (public health, statistics, or similar) and has achieved a relevant PhD degree
-    Knowledge of Danish research registers, including Statistics Denmark registers, as well as handling of register data used for scientific studies
-    Experience with application procedures in relation to public authorities for implementation of research projects
-    Experience with implementation of epidemiological studies and/or genetic epidemiology
-    Fluent in Danish and English (working language is English)
-    Experienced user of relevant statistical programs, including SAS, R and/or Stata
-    Can work independently and take responsibility for implementation of the complete research process from idea phase to publication and presentation of results
-    Good collaboration skills.

We offer
-    An exciting job in an inspiring and informal research environment at high international level
-    Experienced colleagues from countries worldwide for competent feedback and support
-    High influence on work tasks
-    Possibility to participate in courses as well as national and international conferences
-    Mentoring scheme with senior colleague
-    Access to a large network of local, national and international collaborators.

About us
NCRR – the National Centre for Register-based Research is a section at the Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS financed mainly by external research funds (www.ncrr.au.dk). The Centre houses an internationally acknowledged group of researchers in psychiatric epidemiology, regularly publishing scientific articles (http://econ.au.dk/the-national-centre-for-register-based-research/publications/. In addition to its own research, the Centre also conducts guidance and counselling related to register-based research projects, validation and data management of register data, as well as development of methods for analysis of register data. The centre has 35 employees – including 17 statisticians, 6 PhD students and 2 data managers.

BERTHA: Big Data Centre for Environment and Health at Aarhus University. The overall objective of the Big Data Centre for Environment and Health is to achieve a better understanding of the relationship between the environment and health. The successful applicant will mainly work within this area.

iPSYCH:  is a central project in the research at NCRR. iPSYCH studies the environmental and genetic architecture of mental disorders (www.ipsych.au.dk/). iPSYCH is the world’s largest study of its kind and presently includes approx. 80,000 persons.

Niels Bohr Professorship: Until the end of 2021 NCRR hosts Niels Bohr professor John McGrath from Brisbane, Australia. Professor McGrath is world leading in psychiatric research, and the grant from the Danish National Research Foundation has enabled him to establish an exciting research project at NCRR in close collaboration with the employees of the centre. Read more here.

CIRRAU: The National Centre for Register-based Research also houses CIRRAU (Centre for Integrated Register-Based Research) financed by Aarhus University with the purpose of advancing interdisciplinary register-based research (www.cirrau.au.dk). CIRRAU has the necessary and fundamental data infrastructure available for implementation of register-based research projects ranging from intervention studies of vulnerable children and adolescents, population based genetic studies of mental conditions, to nationwide population based studies of a long range of exposures, their results and consequences.

Contact person: Carsten Bøcker Pedersen, professor, dr.med. Mail: cbp@econ.au.dk.

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter, Charlotte Zingenberg, Tel.: +45 87165362, Email: chg@au.dk

International applicant?
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Place of work

Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V

Position content
The position of senior researcher is a position whose primary tasks are research (including the obligation of publication/scientific communication) as well as research-based public sector consultancy. In addition, teaching to some extent. In addition, undertaking research management, student guidance and supervision of assistant professors and researchers, and academic assessment work.

Terms of employment
The appointment is in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State.

The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in Circular on Terms of Employment for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
It is obligatory to attach the following when you apply for this position:

Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time
Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)
List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
Publications. Up to five publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant's share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. This form can be used for the purpose
Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in five copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here.

The evaluation process
After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.


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