Postdoc in Public Health Dentistry Department of Odontology Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoc for a three-year position, to commence 1st August 2023 or after agreement.

The position requires a research background within public health and the ability to work both within a research team but also independently on research tasks, for which an overarching plan exists, and which must be designed, planned and executed in detail and within deadlines, with some supervision.

Information on the department can be found at: 

Our research
The position will be under The DELIVER (DELiberative ImproVEment of oRal care quality) project, which is an EU funded project that aims to enhance the quality of oral care through deliberative dialogue and action involving citizens, patients, providers, payers, and policymakers.

DELIVER will create a synergistic problem-solving ecosystem to convert deliberative dialogues into meaningful improvement of oral care quality. DELIVER consists of work packages entailing different sub-projects. The position will primarily entail work within work package 4 (WP4), which covers community oriented collaborative enterprises, addressing a well-known but still poorly understood public health problem: how to structurally maintain oral health at population level in Europe, and foster the healthy life span with good oral health and related wellbeing at population level in an inclusive manner through community based oral healthcare service delivery.

Your job
As part of the entire DELIVER team and more specifically the WP4 team, being a collaboration between The Stichting Vrije University (The Netherlands) and The University of Copenhagen, you will contribute to the design, planning, execution and evaluation of concrete sub-projects within the DELIVER project. In short, a population tailored community based intervention program for the prevention of oral diseases must be developed through co-creation with stakeholders and subsequently implemented, tested and evaluated. Internal reporting via “milestone” reports and external reporting to the EU via “deliverables” reports and further public reporting via scientific publications are to be delivered together with the WP4 team. Reaching out to and building good relations to stakeholders and maintaining and fostering good collaboration is a large part of the job. A combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be used, including individual and group interviews.

We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • PhD in Public Health
  • Experienced in quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as interview techniques and design.
  • An active interest in collaboration within a large international research team, co-creation methods and implementation theory.
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams.
  • Excellent English skills, written and spoken.

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Time management skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience within oral healthcare (research).
  • Experience with co-creation processes.
  • Experience with establishing and maintaining collaborations with stakeholders.

Place of employment

Place of employment is at the section for Oral Health, Society and Technology, Department of Odontology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Travelling, 1-2 times a year for a few days, is to be expected.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 28 hours per week.

The position is limited to a period of three years. The starting date is August 1, 2023, or by agreement.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 36,200 DKK/approx. 4,860 EUR (April 2023 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For further information please contact head of section Esben Boeskov Øzhayat, or postdoc Kasper Rosing,

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  4. List of publications.

Deadline for applications: 1st June 2023, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed 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

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in week 24-25 (12th -24th of June)

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 01-06-2023
Employment start: 01-08-2023
Working hours: Part-time
Department/Location: Department of Odontology
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