PhD Scholarship in Epidemiology and Biostatistics – Denmark

Applications are invited for Fully Funded PhD Scholarship position in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The PhD will be affiliated with the research group Perinatal, Obstetric & Paediatric Epidemiology (POPE). The research group, POPE, is conducting epidemiological research focused on how conditions early in life influence fetus, child and adolescent health. About 20 people in POPE group work with the Danish National Registries, the Danish National Birth Cohort, and contribute to several international birth cohort collaboration efforts.

The proposed PhD project aim is to develop algorithms to predict for whom eating disorder symptoms will resolve, persist or progress across adolescence. The primary data source will come from the Danish National birth Cohort, with approximately 95,000 individuals that have been followed from prenatal life until early adulthood. Massive data is available, of theses individuals, from reports by the mothers and the individuals themselves collected longitudinally, as well as from linkage with the national registries. Symptoms of eating disorders were collected at 11 and 18 years of age, and diagnosis of eating disorders will be retrieved from the National Patient Registry.
In this project, the PhD scholar will develop and apply methods that integrates statistics and machine learning methods to optimize the risk prediction of eating disorders. This involves identifying hitherto unknown risk factors and developing a more nuanced understanding of the spectrum of eating disorders and their precursors. Similarly, the scholar will work on methods for dynamic prediction modelling, where individuals are measured irregularly over time, and where time-dependent variables and potential confounders may change over time. Statistical programming will be an integral part of the project.
The department provides creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include access to several unique national as well as international data infrastructures.


The applicants are required to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Masters degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Science (Engineering) or any related field
  • Strong background in both Mathematics and Statistics
  • Skills within both Theoretical and Applied Statistics and additional experience with epidemiological research


Applicants are required to submit the following documents with Online application:

  • Motivated letter (one page)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Master degree and transcript of records
  • Any publication list (if available)



Publish Date:
Institute Name: University of Copenhagen
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: March 18, 2019
Country: Denmark
Course Start:
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