PhD Fellowship in Language Psychology

University of Copenhagen Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics


PhD fellowship in Language Psychology, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics

The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen is offering a fully-funded PhD scholarship commencing 1 December 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

We are looking for a candidate highly motivated to work within the field of language psychology in an international and multidisciplinary team of researchers and professionals exploring telehealth coaching in The IMPACT DIABETES BUMP 2 BABY Approach.

Short program description

The IMPACT DIABETES BUMP 2 BABY Approach (IDB2B) uses a validated screening tool to identify pregnant women at highest risk of developing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) and then supports self-management of modifiable lifestyle risk factors through a personalized health coaching service. Health coaching is provided through a smartphone application (app), which will guide a woman’s journey from pregnancy to birth and beyond covering the infant’s first ‘1000 days’. Trained health coaches will optimize engagement with the app and help to personalize the behavior change experience. This systematic, mother and baby-centered, evidence-based, life course approach in a high-risk population is completely novel and sets IDB2B apart internationally. This international project is funded by an EU Horizon 2020 grant, and the candidate will be collaborating with partners in Ireland, England, Australia and Spain.

The PhD fellowship

This PhD fellowship aims at exploring telehealth coaching. The candidate would analyze synchronous and asynchronous video interactions between coaches and pregnant women at risk of developing T2DM to explore how telehealthcare video interaction unfolds; how understanding is established and relationships built. The PhD would identify patterns in coaches’ interactional behavior that relate to women’s successful behavior change.

It will be supervised by Associate Professor Christina Fogtmann and Professor Timothy Charles Skinner, Department of Psychology. Principal supervisor is Christina Fogtmann, Department of Nordic Studies and Lingustics,, +45 3532 9642

Job content

Your key tasks as a PhD student at The Faculty of Humanities (UCHP) are:

• Carry through an independent research project within the IDB2B Approach under supervision

• 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

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree in Language Psychology (120 ECTS) and experience with analyzing interactions within healthcare communication. In addition, applicants should have advanced conversation analytic skills, knowledge about mentalizing in health care communication and expertise in analyzing online mentalizing behavior. It is a requirement that applicants have sufficient English language skills to conduct analyses of spoken English language data and sufficient Danish language skills to teach in Danish. Further, it is essential that candidates are able to cooperate and have a curious mind-set with a strong interest to participate in an international and interdisciplinary research team.

Other criteria of relevance:

•           High grade point average achieved

•           Previous publications

•           Relevant work experience.

Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to establish that their Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. Please read more at the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences website:

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of employment

The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s successful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Humanities, 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.


For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Humanities is available at the PhD Studies’ website:

Application procedure

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents:

  1. Project abstract
    (1,200 characters)
  2. Motivated letter of application (max. one page) A detailed project description

3. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

4. Diploma and transcript of records 

Applicants must upload the following documentation:

• A copy of master's degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted) 

• A copy of master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included) 

• A copy of bachelor’s degree diploma 

• A copy of bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)

  1. Publication list (if any)

If the master diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.

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.

Project description

Project descriptions should outline the overall objectives, as well as design and timeline of the project and include

  • presentation of state of art in interactional or related studies within tele healthcare
  • presentation and motivation of the theoretical framework and choices of methods
  • a short description of the topics of 3 papers expected to be written during the 3-year period.

The project proposal must not exceed 6 standard pages, corresponding to approx. 12,000 characters (including curriculum, title, punctuation, figures, footnotes and references, but excluding bibliography / bibliography). A substantial breach of this will result in the application being excluded from consideration.

Please adhere to the guidelines at this page:

You can read about the recruitment process at

The recruitment process

After the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be notified whether they are shortlisted for assessment or not. An Assessment Committee are appointed and the selected applicants are notified of the composition of this committee. Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which relates to their own application. The assessments are expected to be complete at the beginning of November 2020.

Afterwards, a selection of qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Please be advised that a positive assessment does not necessarily mean that you will be invited for an interview.

For further information on the recruitment process, please see University of Copenhagen’s website:

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

As an equal opportunity employer the university invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.


As a PhD scholar at The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, you will be supervised for approximately 180 hours distributed over 6 semesters. In addition to this, you must complete PhD courses of a total approximating 30 ECTS. On completion of the PhD program, you must submit a PhD thesis. 

Read more about the structure of the PhD program and what it means to be enrolled as a PhD scholar at the Faculty of Humanities via this link:

For more information about the PhD School read more at this page:

Terms of employment

PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years. These tasks will primarily be in the form of teaching, dissemination, research or other related academic areas.

Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed.  

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 DKK 26,755 /approx. 3.567 EUR (April 2018-level) plus pension.

Contact information

For any further questions regarding the recruitment process please contact HR employee Mette Christensen, e-mail:, please refer to ID number 211-0488//20-2H.

 Application deadline: 22 September 2020, 23:59 (CEST)


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.


Application deadline: 22-09-2020
Employment start: 01-12-2020
Department/Location: Institut for Nordiske Studier og Sprogvidenskab

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