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A PhD Position within Psychometrics and Educational Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen

 Applications are invited for a PhD position (three years scholarship) at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The chosen candidate will work in a psychometric project investigating the content, construct, and criterion validity of a number of instruments for the measurement of motivation in education, translated and adapted into Danish, using a multitude of modern psychometric approaches and methods. The chosen candidate will conduct a number of validity studies, which will include both psychometric analysis and qualitative elements. The Principal Investigator of the project and the PhD supervisor will be Associate Professor Tine Nielsen, Department of Psychology. Ideally, employment starts May 1st 2017, although a slightly later date might also be possible. 
Applicants should have studied Psychology, Educational studies, Psychometrics, or a closely related field, and must have completed a two year MSc degree program or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting the employment. Candidates should demonstrate experience in the field of psychological tests and measurement scales, experience with the development of or psychometrics analyses of such instruments using modern psychometric methods (including IRT-based methods), proficiency in one or more standard statistics software packages, and should strive for an academic career in the long run. Further, it is a requirement to understand, speak, and write Danish as well as English, as the instruments used are in Danish and the majority of participants will be Danish. 
The application should include a cover letter addressing the content and requirements of the position (max. 2 pages), CV, study certificates and other documentation of qualifications, a list of own publications (if applicable; either as a first or co-author), the Master thesis (if applicable), as well as the name and contact information of at least one reference person with expertise within the subject of study. You should not submit a project description (submit blank page). The application must be submitted electronically via the below link
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.
The deadline for applications is 29 March 2017, 12 PM CET.
The chosen candidates will be enrolled as PhD students at the Faculty of Social Sciences (see the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of August 27th 2013), completing the PhD program as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study program (see PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). PhD students have a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3-year period without additional pay. The work obligation can include teaching (typically, not more than two seminars within the 3-year period).

Application process 
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment by the appointments committee (shortlisting). All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed on for assessment or not. The shortlisting will be based on the qualifications and knowledge in relevant aspects, as well as on the motivation of the applicants. Shortlisted 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 her-/himself. You can read about the recruitment process at
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. Applications sent by regular mail or by email or received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

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Associate professor Tine Nielsen


Ansøgningsfrist: 29-03-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-05-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Psychology

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