25 January 2024

PhD scholarships at Center for Economic Behaviour and Inequality (CEBI) at the Department of Economics

CEBI invites applications for PhD scholarships. Employment is expected to begin 1 September 2024.

CEBI is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The main goal of CEBI is to provide cutting-edge research on the role of behavior in generating inequality and its underlying sources. The focus is on empirical research and on exploiting the globally unique Danish data research infrastructure that enables CEBI members to combine various population administrative registers with information about individuals’ background, choices, and outcomes, and to combine these data with information about behavioral characteristics obtained from large-scale controlled experiments and surveys. CEBI combines several fields and methods: Public Economics, Labor Economics, Health Economics, Behavioral Economics, Household Finance, Political Economics, Microeconometrics, Experimental and Survey Methods and Structural Modelling.

CEBI is looking for one or more excellent new PhD students who have competencies in these fields and are interested in doing empirical research on economic behaviour and inequality. 

The current group includes 14 senior researchers, 11 junior researchers, 12 PhD students, 7 research assistants and 7 international researchers from New York University, Pompeu Fabra University, Princeton University and University of Zürich.

For further information about CEBI see www.econ.ku.dk/cebi.

Job description
The positions are available for a 3-year period (for applicants holding a master degree in Economics), a 4-year period (under the so-called 4+4 model for applicants holding a BSc degree, and who have also completed one year of master level studies at the time of employment), or a 5-years period (for applicants holding a bachelor degree in Economics under the so-called 3+5 model).

 PhD students are expected to:

  • Participate in research groups working on various research projects at CEBI
  • Write scientific articles that are included in the PhD thesis of the applicant
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Participate in congresses/workshops/seminars
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • Visit another international research institution for at least a few months
  • Work for CEBI
  • Be supervised by a senior core CEBI member.

Qualifications
We seek candidates with a strong academic background in Economics, qualifying for enrolment in the 5+3 programme (3-year PhD programme); 4+4 programme (4-year PhD programme) or 3+5 (5-year PhD programme) in Economics. In the assessment of the candidate’s qualifications, emphasis will be on grade performance in core economics courses, the project proposal and potential relevant professional experience or publications. Good English language skills are also important.

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

  • Project abstract (Please fill in the project abstract in the application form. Must not exceed 1.200 characters.)
  • Cover Letter (detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project)
  • Project description (no more than 12,000 keystrokes not including bibliography) 
  • CV   
  • Diplomas and transcripts of records (both BSc and MSc)   
  • Time schedule 
  • Budget 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g., list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)
  • List of publications (if any)

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

Application process
On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find information about the application process, and enclosures to include with your electronic application:
www.samf.ku.dk/phd-skolen/english/applicants/application/current_advertisement
www.samf.ku.dk/phd-skolen/til_ansogere/ansoegning/aktuelle_opslag

Duties and Responsibilities
General information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences:
www.samf.ku.dk/phd-skolen

Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD programme at the Universities. 

Information about the PhD study programme is also available on the PhD website of the Department of Economics, see  www.econ.ku.dk/phd.

Applications 

  • The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the position.  
  • In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enroll as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.  

Scholarship in the 5+3, 4+4 or in the 3+5 PhD study programme
The 5+3 PhD study programme
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a 2-year MSc degree programme or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes 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 without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching.  

The 4+4 PhD study programme
Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes 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 forty-eight 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. 

The 3+5 study programme
Students who have completed a BSc would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes 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 forty-eight state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip).  More specifically the PhD student will be paid one grant portions per month during the first two years, and two grant portions per month for during the last year. The student will also receive 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.

The recruitment process
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here: www.employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process.

The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:

  1. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal and fit of the project proposal with the CEBI research agenda
  2. Quality and feasibility of the project
  3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant Economics disciplines
  4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies
  5. Department of Economics can offer adequate supervision for the research topic in question. 

Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

An Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see www.employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu-charter-for-researchers.

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: www.ism.ku.dk.

Contact information
Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk , please refer to ID number: 211-1691/24-2H #1.

Additional information about the position is available from Claus Thustrup Kreiner (email: ctk@econ.ku.dk).

The closing date for applications is 3 March 2024 at 23:59 (CET).

To submit your application go to UCPH's Jobportal.

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