PhD position in biostatistics at the Research Unit of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre & the Section of Biostatistics at the University of Copenhagen Denmark

Ansøgningsfrist: 
24. oktober, 2018

PhD position in biostatistics at the Research Unit of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre & the Section of Biostatistics at the University of Copenhagen Denmark

Using latent variable models to optimize the measuring of treatment effects in randomized clinical trials and in practice in child and adolescent mental health services.

The PhD position is a full-time position consisting of the development of statistical research methodology along with some applied statistics and consulting. The goal is to complete a PhD degree in biostatistics within three years. The position is scheduled to be taken at the 1’st of December 2018 or as soon as possible. 

The statistical research will be conducted at the Section of Biostatistics, in close collaboration with the Research Unit of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The PhD student will be part of a larger research team at both departments, where you will find a dynamic, inspiring and supportive working environment. Your colleagues will be researchers conducting either statistical research or public health and mental health research at a high international level.   

Project description 

The purpose of the PhD project is to evaluate the use of latent variable models for measuring treatment effects in randomized clinical trials and in clinical practice in child and adolescent mental health services and prevention. The research will be conducted as part of a grant for the Mind My Mind study, (ClinicalTrials.gov NCTO3535805), which is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative effort to adapt current evidence-based treatments to large-scale implementation for school children in the municipalities. The data will be obtained from the ongoing randomized controlled, parallel group, superiority trial comparing treatment as usual (TAU) with a new modular and flexible, cognitive and behavioral therapy (Mind My Mind, MMM) for children aged 6-16 years with anxiety, depressive symptoms and/or behavioral difficulties. The trial will end the inclusion of the children (n=412) by December 2018. The PhD student will have baseline data for statistical analyses already in February 2019 and outcome data already in July 2019. Part of the project will consist of the analysis of these data in accordance with the prespecified statistical analysis plan. Thereafter, the development and testing of new statistical methodology with latent variable models will be the main research focus. A PhD project description is ready but can be tailored to the interests of the successful candidate.      

Organization 

The PhD student will be affiliated to the Section of Biostatistics and to the Research Unit of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.  The principal supervisor of the PhD project will be associate professor, PhD, Karl Bang Christensen. Further project supervisors will be statistician, PhD, Corine Baayen from Biometrics Division, Lundbeck, and Pia Jeppesen, associate professor, PhD and senior consultant in child and adolescent Psychiatry.  

The PhD position includes an obligation to provide research-based teaching and consulting within the areas of biostatistics to other researchers in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center. The teaching and advising in applied statistics will be limited to three hours per week including time needed for own preparation and supervision.     

Profile and skills required 

  • The successful candidate must hold 
  • Strong skills and interest in biostatistics or mathematics
  • Master of Science in Statistics, Mathematics, or Biostatistics
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English
  • Ability to collaborate within and across two research units
  • Ability to work solution-oriented and within the timetable for the Mind My Mind project
  • Ability to communicate research findings in teaching, conference talks and by writing scientific papers for international journals 

Salary and employment terms 

Salary and employment terms are subject to the collective agreement made between the Capital Region of Denmark and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on the employment of academics.   

The workplace will be the Research Unit of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center, Mental Health Services-Capital Region of Denmark, as part of the Mind My Mind research group located in Glostrup (the Research Unit will move to Gentofte Hospital in 2019). The PhD student is expected to spend the majority of his or her time at Section of Biostatistics, located in the heart of Copenhagen and to participate in research meetings there.   

Further information 

For further information please contact the Research Unit of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center in Copenhagen via associate clinical professor and leader of the Mind My Mind research group, Pia Jeppesen, Email: pia.jeppesen@regionh.dk  telephone  (+45) 38 64 0776

Homepage: https://www.psykiatri-regionh.dk/Forskningsenheden-boerne-og-ungdomspsykiatri

For further information regarding the statistical research please contact associate professor, PhD, Karl Bang Christensen, Email: kach@biostat.ku.dk  telephone (+45) 35 32 74 91. 

Procedure 

The application must contain  

  • Cover letter (half to one page) including a statement detailing the scientific and other qualifications relevant to the post applied for, other relevant background, national or international experience and motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Complete publication list

Send your application including the attachments via our electronic application system. Deadline for application is 24th of October 2018 at 12 PM. 

Job interviews are scheduled to take place at the 30th and 31th of October 2018 in the Research Unit, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center, Copenhagen. 

According to statutory requirements, a clean children's certificate must be submitted for the possibility of employment at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center. The Center collects the certificate from the National Police with the consent of the applicant for appointment. In agreement with the applicant, references are always obtained before final decision on recruitment. 

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises app. 7500 students, app. 1500 PhD students and app. 3200 employees. The Faculty creates new knowledge and recognition through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions for the benefit of patients and the community.  

The Mental Health Services - Capital Region (RHP) is the largest psychiatric hospital in Denmark. The psychiatric hospital comprises nine adult psychiatric centers, one child and adolescent mental health center and a joint staff function. The psychiatric hospital has approximately 5,000 employees who every year handle the treatment of almost 50,000 citizens with mental illness. This corresponds to approximately 40 percent of the total psychiatric treatment in Denmark. The hospital organization values high professional quality, patient and caregiver satisfaction, efficient workflow and a high degree of involvement of patients in treatment. 

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