Postdoc in Applied Causal Inference and Biostatistics at Section of Biostatistics University of Copenhagen, The Faculty of Health Sciences Denmark

Postdoc in Applied Causal Inference and Biostatistics at Section of Biostatistics

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 2.5-year position as a post.doc commencing on 1st of March or as soon as possible thereafter. The goal of the project is to develop novel statistical methodology for mediation analysis in complex sampling settings and with high-dimensional variables. And as an equally important goal to support the uptake of such cutting-edge methods in the Danish research community.  

Information on the department can be found at: https://www.biostat.ku.dk/

 

Our research  

The Section of Biostatistics conducts biostatistical research and development, participates in medical research projects and offers biostatistical advice to PhD students and staff in all disciplines of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. The biostatistical research focuses on event history analysis, latent variable models, causal inference, diagnostic and predictive models, statistical computing, and epidemiological methods. The applied statistical collaboration covers all areas of medical research and ranges from short consultations to collaborative projects lasting several years. International collaborations are both encouraged and expected from all staff at the section. The section is unique in a university setting because we truly work as an integrated team sharing challenges and successes.  

 

Your job  

The post.doc project is part of a bigger project headed by Associate Professor Theis Lange. The goal of the project is to develop novel statistical methodology for uncovering causal pathways from pharmacological and behavioural exposures to health outcomes as well as to expand the use of such methods in the Danish research community. Particular focus will be on complex settings where diseases develop slowly over time and multiple measures are made on relevant causal factors through this follow-up period. The theoretical work will likely build on the counterfactual framework, but disruptive ideas would be much appreciated. Close collaboration with University of California Berkley is expected. The successful candidate is expected to

a) develop novel methodology

b) implement this in software (likely R)

c) serve as a statistical consultant for epidemiologists and medical doctors who are applying such methodology. Attendance in conference, participation in applied projects and grant applications will be expected.  

 

Profile  

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

Essential experience and skills:  

• You have a PhD in Mathematical Statistics or a similar field.  

• You are highly experienced in statistical theory as well as how to apply your methods to real life problems.  

• You have an active interest in developing the field of biostatistics and develop how we teach and conduct statistical consulting.  

• Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams  

• Excellent English skills written and spoken  

Desirable experience and skills:  

• Experience and knowledge of causal inference would be a plus.  

• Experience and knowledge of converting theoretical methods into usable R packages  

 

Place of employment  

The place of employment is at Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.  

 

Terms of employment  

The employment as postdoc is a fixed-term position for 2.5 years. Starting date is 1st or March 2019 or by agreement.  

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 33.766,93 DKK (October 2018-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.  

 

Non-Danish 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 “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.  

 

Questions  

For further information please contact Theis Lange; thlan@sund.ku.dk; www.sund.ku.dk  

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (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.  

 

Application deadline: 31st of January 2019, 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

 

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 8-9.  

 

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.  


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