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Department of Political Science

PhD special call: PhD positions with a focus on inequality in health, economics, and politics

Deadline 4 Jul 23:59 CEST

Expected start 1 Sep

  • Department of Political Science Bartholins Allé 7 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Sep 2022 - 31 Aug 2025 ID: 9347

Aarhus University invites applications for an exciting PhD position with a special focus on inequality. The position is part of Aarhus University’s new initiative PIREAU (Platform on Inequality Research at Aarhus University).

The position is available from 1 September 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter). The position can be applied for as a 3-year PhD position.

The research project

Inequality is rising around the globe with potentially detrimental effects on citizens’ physical and mental health, material wellbeing, and ability to participate in democratic politics. What is more, these inequalities in health, economics, and politics tend to interact and re-inforce each other.
Acknowledging the importance of rising inequality and the need to move beyond a singular focus on either health, economics, or politics, Aarhus University seeks PhD projects that aim to explore how these different types of inequalities interact. The successful PhD project should investigate the interaction of at least two of these inequalities. Apart from this thematic focus, there is no disciplinary, theoretical, or methodological conditions attached to the positions. 

Job description

Aarhus University is committed to career development. As a PhD student, you will get intensive and dedicated supervision and access to an extensive course programme. Combined with access to career counselling you will get the opportunity to develop your career, direct your training and take the required steps to reach your career goals.

The PhD position supports innovative and high-quality research projects irrespectively of the academic background or institutional affiliation of the applicant. The successful candidate will be hosted at the department that best matches the PhD project and the applicant will be enrolled in the PhD school (i.e. Aarhus BSS Graduate School or Graduate School of Health) affiliated with that department.

Your qualifications

The successful applicant is supposed to conduct independent research based on the project description submitted with the application, but will be affiliated with PIREAU, which brings together researchers from across Aarhus University. The PhD position is therefore a unique opportunity to draw on the expertise of a wide network of scholars.
Applications must include a project description (max 12,000 characters) that describes the applicant’s independent focus within the frame outlined above; including research question, theoretical and methodological background, and proposed research design.

Further information

For further information on the position, interested candidates are welcome to contact Professor Carsten Jensen by E-mail: carstenj@ps.au.dk

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR partner Randi Bjælde, E-mail: rgb@au.dk

Place of work

The place of work can be either Campus Aarhus or Aarhus University Hospital.

Formal requirements

You are strongly encouraged to look into the formal requirements and rules and regulations of the graduate school your project is the best match to. You can read more about the graduate schools, the rules and regulations as well as their formal requirements for an application via these links:

The following criteria are decisive in the assessment of the candidates:
  • the applicant’s academic qualifications (assessed on the basis of the qualifying degree)
  • the quality and relevance of the project proposal
  • the applicant’s level of academic aptitude and assessed ability to complete the project within the framework of the PhD programme

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply irrespective of personal background.

Questions about the position?

Carsten Jensen

Carsten Jensen Professor, Department of Political Science +4587165678 carstenj@ps.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Aarhus BSS Administrative Centre - Aarhus BSS HR and PhD Administration +4587164939 bss.hr@au.dk


Deadline: Monday 4 Jul 2022 at 23:59 CEST