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Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions in Biostatistics and Environmental Epidemiology

The Department of Public Health at University of Copenhagen, Denmark offers two postdoctoral fellowship positions in Biostatistics and Environmental Epidemiology. The anticipated start date is March 1, 2019 or as soon as possible hereafter. The initial appointment is for two years, renewals for several years is expected if progress is satisfactory.  
 
Job Description  
We invite highly qualified, thorough and motivated applicants to apply for the positions. The postdocs will be involved in the projects listed below as well as participating in the daily duties of the Department. Successful candidates will be assigned to the projects based on their interests and background. One position is shared between the Section of Epidemiology and the Section of Biostatistics and in this position; the candidate will spend half of the time in each section. The other position is offered jointly by Section of Biostatistics and the Neurobiology Research Unit, Copenhagen University Hospital.  
 
The two Postdocs will participate in the following projects  
1. Air pollution and the risk of asthma. A combination of modelled air pollution data and personal data are available from National Danish registries. This information will be combined with data from questionnaires and clinical examinations performed in longitudinal birth cohort studies and used to study the impact of early-life exposure from air from multiple sources on risk of developing asthma.  
 
2. Effects of environmental exposures in Faroese children. In the Faro Islands, the population is exposed to increased levels of environmental exposures (e.g. to methyl mercury and PFAS) through consumption of contaminated seafood. Data are based on prospective clinical studies of Faroese birth cohorts. Using standard regression models and more sophisticated structural equation models the aim is to estimate the effect of pre- and postnatal exposures on cognitive and immune function outcomes.  
 
3. Statistical methods for neurobiology. Based on unique neuroimaging data, the Neurobiology Research Unit (NRU) aims to develop new treatments for brain disorders. The postdoc will play a central role as a statistician at NRU and be actively involved in the scientific process including data analysis, statistical counseling and writing papers. Current methodological challenges involve: 1) using machine learning techniques for prediction of treatment response, 2) accounting for the variability generated by the data processing steps, and 3) the use of non-linear structural equation models. Prior experience with the analysis of medical imaging data, in particular PET, MRI, and/or fMRI, is preferred but not required.  
 
The successful candidate will be responsible of sophisticated statistical analyses of complex data. The specific tasks will include:  
• cleaning and preparation of data  
• designing of epidemiological studies  
• statistical analysis of data  
• publication in international peer-reviewed journals  
• presentation of findings at professional meetings  
 
The postdoctoral fellow will also be encouraged and mentored to develop new proposals and research initiatives to support additional research. Exchange stays with collaborating research centers in other countries will be optional. Over the course of the position, opportunities to teach at either the graduate or undergraduate level exist.  
 
Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in Statistics/Biostatistics, or other relevant disciplines. Candidates must have excellent skills in quantitative analysis. Epidemiological data analysis and experience in SAS, Stata, R and/or M+ would be an asset. In addition, candidates should have strong English, scientific writing and oral communications skills, as well as the ability to work independently, effectively and collaboratively.  
 
About us  
The Department of Public Health is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Science at the University of Copenhagen. The department has more than 300 employees divided on 8 sections. We are a diverse and exciting workplace and it is important to us that you are given the opportunity to grow, both on a professionally and personal level during your time with us. We are located at the Center for Society and Health, just a few minutes’ walk from Nørreport station. More information about Department of Public Health can be found at our website http://publichealth.ku.dk. The Section of Epidemiology is responsible for research and teaching in epidemiology and has approximately 35 employees. Section of Biostatistics conducts general biostatistical research and methodological development in biostatistics, undertakes teaching of students at various educations, undergraduate as well as postgraduate, and offers biostatistical advice to staff and students in all disciplines of the Faculty of Health Sciences.  
 
Denmark offers unique opportunities for environmental epidemiological research, but also very attractive tax-benefits for foreign researchers. Furthermore, Danes are considered to be among the happiest people in the world and Copenhagen is a wonderful place to live, full of cultural activities, hygge (coziness), green areas and great opportunities to bike and walk safely.
 
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC or other relevant professional organizations. Salary will be commensurate with experience.  
 
We offer  
• Independent research at high international level  
• Dedicated colleagues  
• Good social environment with a casual atmosphere  
• Flexible working hours  
 
To apply, submit your application in English, including cover letter describing their interests, Curriculum Vitae, publication list and diplomas and names of at least 2 individuals who can provide a recommendation, via the provided link no later than January the 1st 2019.
 
Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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 http://employment.ku.dk.
 
More information about the projects and the positions is available by contacting Dr. Marie Pedersen, Associate Professor, Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen by email: mp@sund.ku.dk or Dr. Esben Budtz-Jørgensen, Section of Biostatistics ebj@sund.ku.dk
 
 
 
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Ansøgningsfrist: 01-01-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-03-2019
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Folkesundhedsvidenskab

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