PhD student in sociology of sport

The Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in sociology of sport commencing 01.03.2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment:
Center for team sport and health.
The PhD project and the PhD student will be part of the Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health. The center brings together multidisciplinary expertise in the area of team sports and health, with experts in research, communication and teaching. Our goal is to develop the most effective and motivating training, to create strategies for training recruitment and retention, and to encourage a physically active lifestyle. Our ambition is to reach the many citizens who want to be physically active, but cannot currently find activities suited to their needs. We work in close cooperation with local authorities and sports organizations. For more information please visit: . 

Sport, individual and society.
The successful applicant will be connected to the section Sport, individual and society at the Department of Nutrition exercise and Sports. A primary research aim of the section lies in sport promotion. The section therefore focuses upon ensuring meaningful experiences of being active and at the same time creating opportunities that can accommodate vulnerable target groups so that the general population increases its participation in physical activity. We emphasize both the broader health aspects of sport and exercise, as well as the potential for sport to engender amusement, pleasure, and personal freedom. We work towards the development of socially inclusive communities and equality for all in sport and exercise. We do this via the application of a problem oriented approach with significant impact that can make a positive difference for the general public, including all demographic and age groups.
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Project description of the project: Team-games and positive communities for adolescents
The teenage years involve new and greater demands on the individual, which can result in stress, lack of well-being and drop out from sports participation. Sport and especially team sport can create positive experiences of belonging, physical activity, well-being and health. This PhD project will be designed as an action research project, where educational institutions, sports associations and the local youth in collaboration develop team sport activities for youth at their school settings that promote a sense of community and relatedness. In the project new concepts for exercise and team sport will be developed, which to a higher extend considers the cultural norms and life circumstances of today’s youth. This will be done by rethinking the organization of sport and exercise for young people, where researchers, sports associations and educational institutions collaborate on co-creating local team sport activities which fit young people’s everyday life.

More details about the project can be acquired by e-mailing

Principal supervisors are Associate professor Glen Nielsen Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Email:, and Assistant professor Stine Frydendal, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Email: 

Job description
The PhD. position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write your PhD thesis and scientific articles
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in the Social Sciences of sport or a degree within social science or humanities; have good exam results and good English skills. The applicant must be able to speak and write in Danish in order to carry out the research. As a criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employmen
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 325.625 (approx. €43,400) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,980). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English or Danish, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

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

The deadline for applications is 1 January  2019 , 23:59 GMT +1. 

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor Glen Nielsen, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Email:, Phone;  35320869.
 General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at



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Glen Nielsen


Ansøgningsfrist: 01-01-2020
Ansættelsesdato: 01-03-2020
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Nutrition exercise and Sports

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