PhD scholarship in Economics jobs – UCPH, Denmark

    PhD scholarship in Economics jobs - UCPH, Denmark

    Economics jobs – PhD scholarship in conjunction with the research project “Family Background, Early Investment Policies and Parental Investments”, which is a cooperation between the Department of Economics, UCPH and VIVE-The Danish Center for Social Science Research, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 03, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD scholarship
    No. of Position(s)One
    Research AreaEconomics 
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Economics
    VIVE-The Danish Center for Social Science Research
    University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
    Contract Period3 Years


    PhD Degree in related fields


    • Experience working with (large) data sets, for example, from past work as a research assistant or from independent research.
    • A track record of strong academic performance.
    • Experience from past coursework in economics and econometric methods.

    About Research Project

    Family Background, Early Investment Policies and Parental Investments is a research project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and headed by senior researcher Hans Henrik Sievertsen (VIVE/University of Bristol). Associate Professor Miriam Wüst (UCPH/VIVE) collaborates on the project. The goal of the project is to better understand the role of family background, public policies and parental investments – as well as the interplay of those factors – in the production of child human capital and health.

    Existing research points to the (separate) importance of early-life investment policies, family background, and parental beliefs and behaviours as key in the development of child health and human capital. However, we still have limited evidence on the interaction of those factors due to a lack of large-scale individual level data combining information on program participation, family background, parental behaviours, and children’s development during childhood. This project attempts to fill that gap by combining Danish administrative register data with (i) unique municipal records on nurse home visiting and (ii) a cohort study surveying both parents of three recent cohorts of Danish children (SPOR). For identification, we exploit different sources of natural (policy) variation (e.g. in screening for postpartum mental health issues and in the peer-group assignment of new mothers) and we develop an encompassing model of human capital formation based on our rich data.

    To get an impression of the starting point for the project see the following initial paper on the timing of early interventions and child and maternal well-being: Hirani, Jonas Lau-Jensen & Sievertsen, Hans Henrik & Wüst, Miriam, 2020. “Missing a Nurse Visit,” IZA Discussion Papers 13485, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). (


    The PhD student will be involved in conducting research in economics in conjunction with the overall project and the affiliated research team. Both UCPH and VIVE will provide supervision and support for the student.

    Scholarship in the 5+3 or in the 4+4 PhD study program

    The 5+3 PhD study program

    In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study program the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree program, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programs for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation will be shared between tasks at VIVE and UCPH and tasks can include for instance teaching.  

    The 4+4 PhD study program 

    Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree program would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree program. Applicants should check the study programs for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.

    How to Apply?

    Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the top of the page to apply. The documents must be in Adobe PDF or Word.

    Documents Required

    • Cover Letter. The letter must detail your motivation and background for applying for the project. The letter may include an outline of ideas for independent projects under the frame of the overall project. The letter should not be longer than 3 pages
    • CV   
    • Diploma and/or transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)   

    Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file.

    About the Project

    The PhD program provides PhD students with strong research training, which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The program includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, teaching, and other forms of knowledge dissemination. The PhD program can be undertaken as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study program, or as a four year full-time study program within the framework of the 4+4 study program. The PhD student in the current project will have a solid connection to two research environments and benefit from a connection to both UCPH and the governmental research center VIVE.


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    PhD scholarship in Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and VIVE-The Danish Center for Social Science Research

    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday May 4th, 2021 (GMT+9)