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Department of Public Health - Department of Health Services Research - Faculty: Health

Postdoc position in a Qualitative Study of Social Inequalities in Health

Deadline 7 Feb

Expected start 1 May

  • Department of Public Health - Department of Health Services Research Bartholins Allé 2 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 May 2022 - 30 Apr 2024 ID: 7903

The Department of Public Health at the Faculty of Health, Aarhus University invites applications for a 2-year position as Postdoc in a qualitative study of social inequalities in health per May 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a full-time position.

As a postdoc at the Department of Public Health, you will be part of an ambitious and internationally recognised department, where we work together to promote public health through research into areas that can prevent, treat and alleviate disease. We are involved in broad collaboration both internally and externally. We share our knowledge with citizens, decision-makers, business and industry, practitioners and other researchers – in municipalities, in the regions and both nationally and internationally. The department either contributes to or is responsible for teaching in medicine, public health science, sport science, optometry and nursing. At the Department of Public Health, you will have approx. 200 colleagues, including ninety academic staff members and a corresponding number of PhD students. We work closely with one another across different fields of study and prioritise a healthy work environment. The general tone among colleagues is informal. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.

About the research project and job responsibilities

The research area for this 2 year postdoc position is primarily for a qualitative study on organizational determinants of social inequalities of health (75 percent of FT equivalent). The postdoc researcher will also contribute to the completion of a study on integrated health promotion. The candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers and will be based at the Research Unit for Applied Public Health Research.

The postdoc researcher will work with colleagues to conduct a qualitative study to analyse how a novel model integrated mental health services (FACT) can give people with severe mental illness more integrated health care access. The first part of the study focuses on the perspectives of people with mental illness, and explores their experiences with using health care services. The study draws on observations and interviews, supported by photo diaries, based on a close tailoring to accommodate the specific group of informants. The second part of the study analyses organizational practices of integrated care with the help of observations and individual/focus group interviews with health professionals and managers. In addition, the postdoc researcher will also assist with a qualitative study of the intersectoral organization of health promotion for women who develop high risk for diabetes during pregnancy (FACE-IT). This includes organizing data collection, contributing to data analysis and co-writing an article manuscript.

You will report to the either Assistant Professor Michael Fehsenfeld / Associate Professor Viola Burau.

Your competences

You have academic qualifications at PhD level, preferably within one or more of the following areas sociology, anthropology, political science, public health, or related disciplines. You have a strong interest in health care organization/health professions, a strong interest in developing and applying qualitative methods and an inquisitive mind-set and the ability to plan, organize and execute work independently.

At the same time, you have strong assets, which include a completed thesis in the fields of health care organization or studies of health professions, authorship of peer-reviewed publications, experience with developing and applying qualitative research methods and experience with the presentation of research results.

As a person, you are ambitious, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English and in a Scandinavian language.
The candidate will work in close collaboration with Assistant Professor Michael Fehsenfeld and Associate Professor Viola Burau.

In order to be assessed as qualified for a Postdoc position, you must meet these academic criteria.

Questions about the position

If you have any questions about the position, please contact either Assistant Professor Michael Fehsenfeld (mf@ph.au.dk) or Associate Professor Viola Burau (viola@ph.au.dk).  

Your place of work will be at the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Terms of employment


Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • Template for applicant - postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted (optional)
  • Strategic research plan can be uploaded (optional)
  • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded (optional)
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system (optional)

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

International applicant?

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here. Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Development Programme. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Questions about the position?

Viola Burau

Viola Burau Associate Professor, Department of Public Health - Department of Health Services Research +4550184019 viola@ph.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

HE Administrative Centre - Health HR +4593508305 emply.he.hr@au.dk


Deadline: Monday 7 Feb 2022 at 23:59 CET