Extended deadline: PhD scholarship available at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, (1/7/2013)

Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions for Women

active-womenDepartment of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Sciences at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship commencing August 152013 or soon thereafter. The application deadline is May 30, 2013.

Project description
This PhD project is part of the research in the Copenhagen Women Study (Physical Activity and Nutrition for Health in Women) funded by the University of Copenhagen 2016 initiative. The overall aim of the Copenhagen Women Study is to conduct four studies relating to exercise, nutrition and health in women. The four studies investigate women with PCOS, multiple sclerosis as well as women undergoing menopause and women enrolled in a weight-loss intervention.
The aim of this project is to investigate psychological and sociological variables relevant for the interventions described above. From a psychological perspective, aspects such as motivation, anxiety, depression as well as quality of life will be investigated. Research questions are, for example, if the interventions can reduce anxiety and depression and increase quality of life. From a sociological perspective demographic variables, circumstances of life, participation in sport and physical activity, health behavior and other relevant issues as well as the evaluations of the interventions will be addressed.

The applicant should have the following competencies and qualifications:

  • Master´s Degree in a Social Science, preferably Sport Science, Sociology or Psychology
  • Excellent oral and written command of Danish and English
  • Experience with quantitative research methods and questionnaire design
  • Statistical expertise and knowledge of SPSS
  • Good organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines

Principal supervisors
Associate Professor
Anne-Marie Elbe
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

Gertrud Pfister
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in congresses
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • A master´s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills

Formal requirements 
The positions are available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree.

Terms of employment

The position will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The post is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Application Procedure

Apply by clicking “Apply online” below.

Applications – in English – must include:

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • References
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no 284 of 25. April 2008. PhD Order

All applicants will have received information regarding the evaluation of their application by June 14.

The application must be received no later than May 30, 2013. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Anne-Marie Elbe.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at PhD Regulations .

Apply online

Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. With 37,000 students and 9,000 employees, it is among the largest universities in Scandinavia and one of the highest ranking in Europe. The University consists of six faculties, which cover Health and Medical Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science, Social Sciences and Theology.
Frist: 1. Juli 2013
Arbejdsgiver: Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet

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