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PhD position in Comparative register studies on the health and socio-economic status in the trajectories of young refugees in the Nordic countries, Denmark


The Department of Public Health/The Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health at the University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Comparative register studies on the health and socio-economic status in the trajectories of young refugees in the Nordic countries to commence 1 June 2016. The position is offered for a period of three years.

The PhD project is part of larger project entitled Coming of Age in Exile (CAGE) - Health and Socio-Economic Inequities in Young Refugees in the Nordic Welfare Societies funded by the Nordic Research Council. CAGE is based on comparative analyses across the Nordic countries in a pursuit to investigate the development of health and socio-economic inequities in young refugees in the Nordic welfare societies. The CAGE project is a joint venture between five Nordic research institutions lead by the Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health (MESU). For more information about CAGE see

Description of the field of study

This PhD study will be a part of the CAGE core study (substudy 1) and will investigate quantitatively the trajectories from childhood to young adulthood in refugees concerning mental health status in childhood, reception policies, education and labor market participation and how they interrelate based on data from national registries in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. By cross-country comparisons, we are aiming to identify welfare policies that may promote health and socio-economic equity in young refugees compared with the majority populations. 

Research Environment

MESU was established at the Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen in 2010 and is embedded in the Section for Health Services Research. MESU both initiates and conducts research within the field of migration and health and also contributes to the development of research of others in the field through professional guidance and advice. We offer an inspiring, supportive, engaging, humorous and informal research environment that values interdisciplinary research. MESU’s core staff currently consists of 5 senior researchers and 4 PhD fellows. Two other PhD projects at MESU will be conducted as part of the CAGE project. For more information about MESU see

The CAGE project is built upon and will further strengthen the close collaboration with our four Nordic collaboration institutions. It is expected that the PhD students in CAGE will spend time in the different Nordic research institutions to collect information and create comparable variables in the datasets, etc.


  • Candidates are required to have a master degree in a relevant field e.g. medicine, public health or social sciences
  • Candidates are required to be fluent in English, written and spoken, and mastering a Scandinavian language.
  • Relevant research experience and/or practical experience with migrant health issues.
  • Candidates with experience and skills regarding quantitative studies will be preferred.

The PhD student is also required to have research potential, to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills. It is a pre-requisite that the candidate is enrolled as PhD student at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, at the Copenhagen Graduate School of Health Sciences in accordance to the provision of Executive Order no. 18 of 14 January 2008 regarding the PhD degree.

Employment conditions

Employment is for a three-year period and is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) on 1 October 2008, enclosure 5. PhD fellows are covered by the regulations pertaining to ‘new salaries’ for public employees and the salary is therefore subject to individual negotiation. The PhD fellow is obliged to carry out – without additional pay – allocated teaching-related tasks, etc. of up to 840 working hours during their period of employment.

The PhD candidate will be expected, over the three-year period, to acquire experience in teaching or other types of presentations. The start date is 1 June 2016 or soon thereafter.

The PhD scholarships are subject to academic approval in accordance with Executive Order no. 284 of 25 April 2008 regarding employment of teachers and scientific staff at universities, etc. under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Applicants will be informed of the composition of the committee. The Executive Order is available at

Further Information

Application Deadline : 29 February 2016

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