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PhD scholarship at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH). Behavioral Responses to Health innovations and the Consequences for Socioeconomic Outcomes.

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Department of Economics, UCPH, in connection with the project “Behavioral Responses to Health innovations and the Consequences for Socioeconomic Outcomes”. The PhD project is part of this larger project financed from a grant from Novo Nordisk Fonden. The overall project aims at providing a better understanding of the main drivers of inequality in health and its correlation with socioeconomic outcomes. A leading hypothesis is that richer and better-educated people are faster at adopting new technologies. The increasing pace of medical innovations thus disproportionally benefits the educated and widens the socioeconomic gap in health. The project asks three main questions: 1) How do health innovations transmit into economic outcomes? 2) How do innovations and behavior shape the income gradient in mortality? 3) Which mechanisms explain the education-health gradient? The project involves a group of researchers from the Department of Economics at UCPH in collaboration with international researchers. The PhD project will entail both survey data collection on patient and physician behavior and empirical analyses using Danish survey and register data. More information on the project at  
Deadline for applications: 1 November 2017. 
The chosen candidates will enrol at the Faculty of Social Sciences under Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences. Employment is to begin on 1 February 2018 or according to agreement.  
Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences: 
In English
In Danish   
Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme, and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities. 
Further information about the PhD scholarship can be obtained from associate professor Mette Gørtz,, assistant professor Torben Heien Nielsen,, or assistant professor Miriam Gensowski,   
Applicants should familiarise themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the Department before submitting their application. Further information can be found:  
In English  
In Danish  
Further information about the PhD study programme in Economics will be available at an orientation meeting on 12 October 2017 at 11 AM at the Centre for Health and Society, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, Department of Economics, Building 26, 2nd floor, room 26.2.21 (The Big Seminar Room). Click here for further information.  
  • The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.  
  • In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enrol as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.  
The application must be submitted electronically using the APPLY NOW button below, and must include:    
  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project  
  • Project description (no more than 12,000 keystrokes, including spaces, not including bibliography)  
  • CV    
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)    
  • Time schedule  
  • Budget  
Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)   
Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file. 
About the PhD programme 
The PhD programme provides PhD students with strong research training which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, teaching, and other forms of knowledge dissemination. The PhD programme can be undertaken as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study programme, or as a four year full-time study programme within the framework of the 4+4 study programme.   
The 5+3 PhD study programme 
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching. 
The 4+4 PhD study programme 
Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies. 
Application process  
On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find a time schedule for the application process, and information about enclosures to include with your electronic application: 
In English
In Danish
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.  
The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment: 
1. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal. 
2. Quality and feasibility of the project.  
3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant Economics disciplines. 
4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies. 
Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment 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 
Applications sent by regular mail or by email or received after the deadline will not be taken into account. 

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Mette Gørtz


Application deadline: 01-11-2017
Employment start: 01-02-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Economics

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