Post-Doc pharmacoepidemiology and health technology for regulatory decision-making

Copenhagen Centre for Regulatory Science                                                  
Department of Pharmacy  
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND) 
University of Copenhagen  
The Copenhagen Centre for Regulatory Sciences (CORS), Department of Pharmacy invites applications for a full-time, 2 year postdoctoral position to be filled as soon as possible thereafter.   
With it Research CORS seeks to improve the drug regulatory system, by systematically studying its structure and behaviour as well as designing new tools to facilitate regulatory decision-making. Through improvement of the drug regulatory system, we aim to contribute to an improvement of the health of the society.  
The regulatory system for medicines is intended to protect public health by ensuring that only medicines of sufficient quality, safety, and efficacy enter the market, while at the same time facilitating patient access to needed therapies without unnecessary delay. It strives to achieve these goals via a large set of individual regulatory tools. For policy-making in general, and especially in the health care sector, regulatory decisions need to be fully transparent, rest on relevant reasoning, and be adaptable in light of new evidence. Therefore, the efficiency of the elements in the regulatory toolbox, as well as any unintended effects of the tools, need to be determined.  
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international cross-disciplinary research environment. You will become part of a research environment spanning pharmacy, humanities, law, and social science. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. 
Project description 
The candidate will be contributing to two international projects: 1) H2020 project ‘New Methods Health Technology Assessment (HTx)’, which aims to create a framework for next generation Health Technology Assessment (HTA) that supports patient-centred, societally oriented, and real-time decision-making for integrated healthcare throughout Europe. Within this project, CORS will be studying synergies between regulatory agencies and HTA agencies with regards to evidence generation and subsequent decision making, including comparison of methods to study post-authorisation benefits and risks vs. relative effectiveness. 2) ‘What works best to protect public health? An international comparison of post-marketing regulatory risk communication on prescription drugs’, which aims to quantify and compare the health impact of safety advisories on medicines in Canada, the United States, the European Union, and Australia. CORS is responsible to examine the effects on recommended changes to prescribing, other health-related behaviours, and health outcomes in Denmark. Analyses include amongst others, drug utilisation studies, interrupted time-series and cohort analyses. 
In addition, new projects in related areas might come up during the period of employment. 
Job description 
The Post Doc is expected to:   
  • conduct research within the research projects described above, including collaborate in refining the project design and methodology and further developing analyses plans; collect, code and analyse relevant empirical material; analyse Danish National Register data;write up results for publication in international peer-reviewed journals; and participate in presentations of the projects;  
  • carry out administrative tasks related to the position; 
  • be involved in research-based teaching (max 100 hours/year); 
  • engage in and participate actively in the academic activities of CORS. 
Required qualifications 
We are looking for someone who: 
  • holds a PhD degree in (Pharmaco)epidemiology, Health Economics, (Bio)Statistical, or (Bio)Medical, or other relevant research field; 
  • has hands-on experience in analysing Danish National Register data or similar health databases; 
  • has scientific creativity and productivity, as evident in recent publications in (international) peer-reviewed journals; 
  • has an interest in cross-disciplinary work within Drug Regulatory Science; 
  • has good communication skills in English, both oral and written; 
  • is self-reflective and able to work independent. 
Preferred qualifications 
Overall a preferred applicant: 
  • has an excellent academic track record; 
  • is highly motivated to study issues within Drug Regulatory Science; 
  • has demonstrated early in his/her career a capacity for excellence;  
  • makes this position his/her number one priority, has a strong work ethics, and is a team player; 
  • has experience with European projects and collaboration with different international partners; 
  • has experience in supervising MSc students. 
Key criteria for the assessment of applicants 
  • Academic excellence  
  • Relevant work experience  
  • Previous publications including relevant PhD thesis 
  • Other professional activities  
  • Language skills  
  • Enterprising approach and skills 
  • Possess good interpersonal skills 
Terms of employment 
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 33,600 DKK/ approx. 4,480 Euro (October 2018-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 June 28, 2013. 
For further information, applicants may contact the Principal supervisor Professor Marie Louise De Bruin, Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen, e-mail:  
You can read more about the Copenhagen Center for Regulatory Science at   
Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).  
Application procedure 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below and include: 
  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page) 
  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position 
  • 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 
  • List of publications 
  • Other information: Possible references and recommendations  
Application deadline: March 1, 2019, 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  
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 week 11 or 12. 
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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Marie Louise (Marieke) De Bruin


Ansøgningsfrist: 01-03-2019
Ansættelsesdato: Start hurtigst muligt
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Pharmacy

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