Postdoc in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry The Department of Clinical Medicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Aarhus University Hospital – Psychiatry invite applications for a 3-year full-time postdoc position in the field of psychometrics as per 1 February 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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The Department of Clinical Medicine
As a postdoc at the Department of Clinical Medicine, you will be part of what is probably the largest health science department in Denmark. Our clinical research covers all the medical specialities and takes place in close collaboration with the university hospital and the regional hospitals in the Central Denmark Region. We have approx. 30,000 square metres of modern research facilities for experimental surgery and medicine, animal facilities and also advanced scanners at our disposal. The department has overall responsibility for the Master’s degree programs in medicine and in molecular medicine. At the department we are approx. 425 academic employees and the same number of PhD students cooperating across disciplines. The current research project will be carried out at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Aarhus University Hospital – Psychiatry. You can read more about Aarhus University Hospital – Psychiatry here, and about the Department of Clinical Medicine  and the faculty of health here and here, respectively.

About the research project
This is a clinical research position funded by a grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The aim of the research project is to study the validity of a brief quantitative measure of core symptoms of psychosis among adolescents.

Quantitative monitoring of severity of illness using rating scales—so-called measurement-based care—is likely to improve outcomes for patients with schizophrenia by facilitating more informed clinical decision-making. Our research group has previously developed and validated ratings on the brief 6-item Positive And Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS-6) obtained via the Simplified Negative and Positive Interview (SNAPSI) among adults with schizophrenia. In these studies, the PANSS-6+SNAPSI combination proved reliable, valid, and sensitive to changes in symptom severity. As the onset of schizophrenia commonly occurs in late adolescence, using the PANSS-6+SNAPSI in both adolescent and adult populations would likely offer significant advantages in terms of providing more effective person-centered treatment across settings and allow for more timely treatment modifications. Therefore, the present research project seeks to validate the PANSS-6+SNAPSI combination among adolescent patients with psychotic disorders. Study participants will be recruited at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Aarhus University Hospital—Psychiatry. Accordingly, the place of work will be the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Aarhus University Hospital – Psychiatry, Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 175, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Your job responsibilities

The postdoc will primarily be responsible for carrying out the clinical research project described above. Furthermore, the post doc will have teaching assignments for clinicians in the Psychiatric Services of the Central Denmark Region. We are therefore particularly interested in candidates with experience in conducting clinical research, preferably within the psychiatric field and ideally among adolescents.

You will be trained and receive supervision on a day-to-day basis from Regional research coordinator, Pernille Kølbæk, MD, PhD. Moreover, you will become member of a well-established research group who will provide expert guidance. The research group consists of Professor Søren Dinesen Østergaard, MD, PhD and Professor Per Hove Thomsen, MD, PhD from Aarhus University Hospital—Psychiatry and two international experts—Professor Christoph U. Correll, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany, and Associate Professor Mark Opler, the PANSS Institute, New York, USA.


You have academic qualifications at the PhD level, preferably with a master degree in Medicine or Psychology. As a person, you are ambitious and driven, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. We expect you to be fluent in oral and written Danish and English.


Questions about the position

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Regional research coordinator, Pernille Kølbæk, MD, PhD, email:


We expect to conduct interviews in December.


  • Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio.
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted (optional)
  • References/recommendations (optional)

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