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PhD scholarships at Center for Economic Behaviour and Inequality (CEBI) and the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

CEBI and the Department of Economics invites for applications for 1-2 PhD scholarships. The chosen candidates will enrol at the Faculty of Social Sciences under the Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences. Employment is expected to begin on 1 February 2018.  
CEBI is a new center of excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. CEBI aims to address the role of behavior in generating inequality and the underlying sources of such behavioral inequality. The focus is on empirical research and on exploiting the globally unique Danish data research infrastructure to combine population administrative registers on individuals’ choices and outcomes with information about their behavioral characteristics obtained from large-scale controlled experiments and large-scale surveys. A variety of research approaches will be applied, including reduced form analysis to measure the behavioural effects of policy interventions, structural modelling of economic behaviour, and experiments to identify various aspects of economic behaviour. CEBI is looking for excellent new PhD students who are interested in doing empirical research using these research approaches.   
For more information about CEBI and the PhD scholarships please contact professor Søren-Leth Petersen (email or professor Claus Thustrup Kreiner ( 
Deadline for applications: 1 November, 2017. 
Job description 
The position is available for a 3-year period or a 4-year period (under the 4+4 model) and your key tasks as a PhD student at CEBI will be: 
  • To work jointly on research projects together with other researchers and carry out your own research project 
  • Attend PhD courses 
  • Participate on congresses/workshops 
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 
  • Teach and disseminate your research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for the Department 
We seek candidates with an academic background in economics qualifying for enrolment in the 5+3 programme (3 year PhD programme) or the 4+4 programme (4 year PhD programme) in Economics. Good English language skills are necessary.  
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. 
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. 
Applications must be submitted electronically no later than November 1, 2017 through the electronic application system, which you access through the below link.  
Applications should include the following enclosures: 
  • CV, incl. relevant experience and language qualifications 
  • Degree certificates and transcripts of all relevant course work 
  • A project description outlining 1-2 potential research projects/ideas within the research agenda of CEBI (3-4 pages) 
  • List of publications (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.  
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.  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment based 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 here.  
Applications sent by regular mail or by email or received after the deadline will not be taken into account. 

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

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