PhD-scholarship in Philosophy of Health and Wellbeing
University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Humanities

PhD-scholarship in Philosophy of Health and Wellbeing


The Department for the Study of Culture at the University of Southern Denmark invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in collaboration with the Department of Clinical Research. The position is available starting 1 February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The PhD position, which is in the field of the philosophy of health and health ethics, is embedded in the research program ”Health and Wellbeing Assessment, Health Communication and User Involvement” under the interfaculty project Human Health. The PhD-student is expected to develop a PhD-project related to new indicators and methods for, or practices of, human health assessment. Relevant fields of research include, but are not restricted to 
•      Wellbeing theory 
•      The value of health
•      Theories of health equity
•      Subjective vs. objective health
•      Philosophical theories of health and illness 
The PhD research could focus on the normative implications and practical consequences of indicators and methods, and/or the possibility of developing indicators or assessment tools that are sensitive to a broader range of factors in human wellbeing or concerns for health equity. Applications – including detailed descriptions of specific research interests and ideas – are invited from candidates holding masters’ degrees in relevant fields. Some experience with philosophy or ethics is expected. 

Further information is available from the Vice Head of Department Anders Engberg-Pedersen at phone: +45 53440771 , email: or Professor Søren Harnow Klausen at phone: +45 65503334, 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.

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) of 10 November 2015, enclosure 5, Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2019 (the document only exists in Danish).

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

The application should include:

      Special PhD-application form found 


    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

Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates. 

We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. 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. 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.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications.   The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process. Please note that only a shortlisted applicant will receive an assessment.

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online” and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying. 

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 wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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

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