Postdoc Position in Data Science and Pharmacoepidemiology

University of Copenhagen Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Denmark

Postdoc in Data Science and Pharmacoepidemiology at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We have a 18-month position as a postdoc available, working on the project entitled “Nordic COllaborative HEalth REgister Network for Covid-19 Epidemiology (Nordic COHERENCE)” funded by NordForsk. The position is in the Pharmacovigilance Research Center, at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen. You can find more information about us here: https://drug.ku.dk/disciplines/translational-pharmacology/pharmacovigilance/.

The project

The project aims at investigating risk factors for severe Covid-19 (i.e. disease leading to hospitalisation, intensive care, or fatal outcome), identifying vulnerable populations, and characterising the disease course, also including intermediate to long-term sequelae among survivors of severe Covid-19. Additionally, it aims at investigating the collateral effects of the pandemic on drug and healthcare utilisation in the general population to assess secondary effects on public health. The project will use valuable existing data sources from four countries including population-based national health registries from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Scotland. We will use both epidemiological and data science methods, i.e. machine learning.

The position

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher, to commence 1 July 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You will be working with register data in collaboration with other team members and you will contribute to the identification of predictors for a positive test or hospital admission for Covid-19 using machine learning (e.g. conditional inference trees). The position will involve interdisciplinary collaborations within the university, international scientific groups, as well as other public and private partners.

We offer:

  • An interesting job with varied tasks in an active and engaging research environment
  • The opportunity to work with population-based data and with world-class researchers
  • The opportunity for professional advancement and development of an independent research profile
  • An employment with a societal responsibility playing an important role in the health and welfare of the Danish population

The ideal candidate

Essential experience and skills:

  • A PhD degree or similar qualifications within medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, public health, biostatistics, data science or related research field
  • Research experience within drug safety, pharmacovigilance, pharmacoepidemiology, clinical epidemiology, and/or data science
  • Qualifications within machine learning which preferably should be demonstrated through the candidate’s own research
  • Experience with using statistical software such as R or SAS

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience with using big healthcare data such as healthcare registers, and/or electronic health records
  • Qualifications within epidemiological study design and analysis
  • Good interpersonal skills and an enterprising, collaborative and innovative mindset
  • The successful candidate should be flexible and able to work both independently and in teams, and contribute to an inclusive working environment
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken
  • Ability to communicate results academically and also in a popular scientific way to the general public

Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 18 months. Starting date is 1 July 2021 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,600 DKK/ approx. 4,650 Euro (February 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

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

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 11, 2019.

Questions

For further information please contact Professor Morten Andersen, email: morten.andersen@sund.ku.dk.

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure     

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  4. List of publications.

Application deadline: Sunday 9 May 2021, 23.59pm CET

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.

The further process        

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

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

Interviews are expected to be held in the beginning of week 22.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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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.

Contact

Morten Andersen
E-mail: morten.andersen@sund.ku.dk

Info

Application deadline: 09-05-2021
Employment start: 01-07-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
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