PhD position in refugee mental health: A longitudinal cohort project on mental health of displaced Ukrainians resettled in Denmark

The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites applications for a fully funded PhD-position from 15 august 2024.

The position and the project
The successful candidate will work on the project The Danish Refugee Cohort (DARECO), a longitudinal cohort study following Ukrainian refugees over time from their first year in Denmark and the years ahead. The project has a strong focus on mental health and on complex interactions between premigration and postmigration factors of importance for adaptation to life in Denmark. The project is conducted in collaboration between researchers in psychology and economics and has a strong cross-disciplinary focus.

Duties and responsibilities
The PhD-student will be central in the research project, being involved in and responsible for parts of the data collection. Most importantly, the PhD-student will be responsible for conceptualizing and conducting a subset of studies concerning psychological aspects on life as a Ukrainian refugee in Denmark. As such, data management and data analyses, as well as manuscript preparation and communication of research results to the scientific community as well as to relevant stakeholders will be central.

Competencies and opportunities
The PhD-student will be conducting quantitative epidemiological research based on survey and registry data. Experience with quantitative data analysis is a must. The candidate must be able to work independently under supervision. Collaborative skills and team spirit are in high regard. For the right candidate, there will be ample possibilities to influence the project and develop new project ideas within the project frame.

Supervision and research group
The PhD-student will be part of a research group at the Department of Psychology conducting psychological and epidemiological research on trauma, resilience, and general mental health issues. Further, the student will be part of a cross-disciplinary research group for the specific project spanning both psychology, epidemiology, and economics.

Scholarship in the 5+3 study programme
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study program the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree program, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programs 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.  

Place of employment
The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen ( Department of Psychology – University of Copenhagen ( is a vibrant, inclusive workplace hosting a large group of faculty, post docs and PhD-students. The research of the department covers a wide range of topics and methodologies, and has an international work environment. The social science campus is located in the inner city of Copenhagen, close to the metro and other means of transportation. The area is tranquil with the Botanical Gardens as backyard, while at the same time; it is quite lively with for example Torvehallerne nearby. Copenhagen is a lovely, vibrant, welcoming city with ample possibilities for active free time.

Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences
The Department of Psychology is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The Faculty is a successful academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by:

  • Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change.
  • Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who have the vision, the knowledge, and the competences to change society for the better.
  • Energising global, European, and Danish communities of knowledge by innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact.

For more on the Faculty strategy, see: Faculty of Social Sciences – University of Copenhagen (

The recruitment process
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here:   Recruitment process – University of Copenhagen (

An Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see  HR Excellence in Research – University of Copenhagen (

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: For international researchers at the University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen (

Contact information
For information about the project and the position, please contact PI Associate Professor Karen-Inge Karstoft, Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail: Please refer to ID number: 211-1722/24-2H.

How to apply
Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply. The documents must be in Adobe PDF or Word. 

Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diploma (master and bachelor)
  • Other relevant material

The closing date for applications is 15 April 2024.

Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.


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: 15-04-2024
Employment start: 15-08-2024
Department/Location: Institut for Psykologi
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