PhD fellowship (part of the Young Brain project)

The Department of Language and Communication invites applications for a relisting for a PhD fellowship as part of the Young Brain project. The position is available starting April 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Young Brain Project is funded in partnership with the Nordea Foundation. The purpose of the project is to investigate an existing brain training program within an adolescent population. The main focus of the project is conducting a cluster randomised control trial across 18 sites.

The project has diverse outcomes of interest therefore we welcome applicants with interests and experience in one or more of the following areas:

1. Cognitive psychology including but not limited to: memory, math cognition, reasoning, problem solving, attention, and creativity.

2. Educational Psychology including but not limited to: educational interventions

3. Clinical Psychology including but not limited to: stress, anxiety, depression, adolescent development.

A PhD student at the Department of Language and Communication must follow an individual PhD plan. The PhD student is expected to participate in ECTS –earning activities and to obtain teaching experience during the programme. As a part of the PhD programme, the PhD student is, furthermore, expected to visit a research institution abroad for an extended period of 3 months. We also encourage PhD students to attend international conferences and summer schools. The scholarship carries a monthly salary plus office facilities and financial support for conference travels. The successful applicant will be placed at SDU’s campus in Slagelse, which is a small but vibrant campus within commuting distance of either Odense or Copenhagen.

Necessary Qualifications:
Professional level English fluency
Experience in quantitative research methods including multivariate statistics

Desirable qualifications:
Master’s degree in psychology, cognitive science, or equivalent/similar background
Preference for those with experience with biostatistics
Experience with Randomised Control Trials
The ability to Speak Danish.

Further information is available from the Head of Department Steffen Nordahl Lund at phone: +45 6550 3307, email:

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.
A PhD Fellowship is a three-year position. Employment ends automatically by the end of the period. The holder of the fellowship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

To qualify for a PhD position you must have completed a relevant master's degree with a good assessment by the application deadline.

Applications will be assessed by an expert assessment panel. All applicants will receive the part of the panel’s assessment that is relevant to their application.

An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the Protocol on PhD Research Fellow signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) Juli 1st, 2013, enclosure 5, Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015 (the document only exists in Danish).

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online” at the bottom of this page.

Please note that we only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files.

All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file.

The Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying.
Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages.
Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English will be assessed. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.

The application should include:

  •     Special PhD-application form found here 
  •     Curriculum Vitae 
  •     Detailed project description, no more than 5 pages 
  •     Examination certificates 
  •     A maximum of 2 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication. For any publication with a co-author, a co-author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file 

Further information about the PhD-program at the Faculty of Humanties can be found here.

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.

The university welcomes applications from all interested parties regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background.