International Postdoctoral Positions in Global Mental Health

  • Phd
  • 33,600 DKK/ approx. €4,480 PM
  • 14 September 2020

The position will focus on mental health research with conflict-affected populations in low-resource settings. In particular, the focus of the position will be on contributing knowledge with regard to how best to address the social determinants of mental health in populations affected by adversity in low-resource settings. Research on social determinants of mental health in adversity-affected populations has identified intricate, bi-directional relationships between ongoing social determinants (e.g. gender-based violence and poverty) and mental health, in the form of vicious cycles. For progress towards social justice and sustainable improvements in mental health for adversity-affected, marginalized populations, there is a critical need for multi-disciplinary research on multi-sectoral, integrated interventions that target both social determinants and mental health.

We strife to further expand our research portfolio in this area, and there will be opportunities for the postdoc to be mentored in the development of new projects on the road to independence as a researcher.

Your tasks would include: together with humanitarian and academic partners, engage in formative research to develop novel interventions that address social determinants of mental health and psychological distress among displaced populations; design and conduct studies to pilot and rigorously evaluate multi-sectoral, integrated interventions; build capacity and supporting in-country teams of researchers in data collection and data analysis; write research articles and disseminate findings with stakeholders; and, develop new projects in your specific area of interest in this field.

Københavns Universitet
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Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in Public Mental Health, Clinical/ Health/ Community Psychology, Humanitarian Mental Health, Psychiatry, Mental Health Nursing, Psychiatric Social Work, or another field related to social determinants of mental health
  • You have experience in rigorous, mixed methods, intervention research in the field of social determinants of mental health in low-resource settings and/or mental health and psychosocial support interventions in low-resource humanitarian settings
  • You are highly committed to conducting research that makes a sustainable difference in the lives of marginalized populations, and are willing to work across the boundaries of academic disciplines and practice/policy sectors
  • You are committed to conducting research in close, equitable partnerships with academic and humanitarian partners in low-resource settings
  • You have worked in low-resource settings, and thrive in culturally diverse working environments
  • You can creatively adapt research projects to fit the changing circumstances in dynamic, low-resource, humanitarian settings
  • You have strong communication skills and are a team player
  • You have excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • You have worked in humanitarian practice, and have knowledge of the international humanitarian response infrastructure
  • You have experience conducting research in East Africa and Latin America
  • You have obtained research grants, or have significantly contributed to successful research grants
  • You speak Spanish or Arabic
  • You have a strong publication record


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Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 33,600 DKK/ approx. 4,480 Euro (April 2018-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.


Your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications.

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