8 PhD Positions (m/f/d, 65 %) in the Field of Public Health

Call for Applications of Bielefeld University. Deadline: December 14, 2023

ID: Wiss23610

  • Start: 01.03.2024
  • part-time 65 %
  • salary according to Remuneration level 13 TV-L
  • fixed-term

The new Graduate School "Health Policy and Systems in Uncertainties" has been established in the School of Public Health. The Graduate School aims to embrace an interdisciplinary perspective to the study and design of health policy and health systems under situations of uncertainty. Uncertainties can be regarded as situations defined by a lack of knowledge of cause-effect relationships, by limited experience of probabilities of events, and/or by subjects of perceptions of uncertainty. The Graduate School will examine uncertainties from theoretical, empirical, and methodological perspectives to better understand the consequences of uncertainties for health system resilience and systems’ capacity to act towards improved population health. Using examples of current crises (COVID-19, climate change, migration, war) and other challenges for health systems, an international and European perspective will be adopted to investigate how health systems use or (re)produce uncertainties. The main goal of the school is to create new knowledge about how to improve the capacity to act under conditions of uncertainty. The future research associates are supposed to develop their own research projects as parts of doctoral dissertations and implement them in the school under supervision and in line with the regulations of the School of Public Health for Doctoral Degrees ("freie Promotion"). Further information on the research approach, the objectives and possible topics of the school can be found on our website.

Your Tasks
The selected doctoral candidates will design and implement their own research project and prepare a doctoral dissertation within the Graduate School. We expect active participation in the graduate school. It includes attendance in the teaching programme for the doctoral students (e. g. workshops, methods lab, reflexive fora, and round tables) and the scientific events of the School (e. g. guest lectures and conferences).

Employment is conducive to scientific qualification.

We offer

  • salary according to Remuneration level 13 TV-L
  • fixed-term (3 years) (§ 2 (1) sentence 1 of the WissZeitVG; in accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases)
  • part-time 65 %
  • internal and external training opportunities
  • variety of health, consulting and prevention services
  • reconcilability of family and work
  • constant place of work (Bielefeld) without travel activities
  • flexible working hours
  • good transport connection
  • supplementary company pension
  • collegial working environment
  • open and pleasant working atmosphere
  • exciting, varied tasks
  • modern work environment with digital processes 
  • various offers (canteen, cafeteria, restaurants, Uni-Shop, ATM, etc.)

We expect

  • above-average university degree (e. g. Master) in health, social or political sciences or a comparable discipline (minimum grade 2.0 in accordance with the German grading system or equivalent) with clear link to public health (proven through courses or work experience)
  • strong interest in the topic of uncertainties in the context of population health, health policies or health systems
  • ability to work independently
  • expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative methods
  • very good knowledge (oral and written) of English (B2 or above)
  • independent, self-reliant and engaged approach to work
  • cooperative and team-oriented style of working

Preferred experience and skills

  • knowledge and experience in conducting quantitative, qualitative or other empirical research related to the field of public health
  • experience in publishing in academic journals and/or presenting in conferences or other academic forums
  • experience in the acquisition of academic grants and third-party funding for projects or individual activities
  • knowledge (oral and written) of German (B2 or above)

Application Procedure
We are looking forward to receiving your application, which should include the following documents:

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • project proposal (3-5 pages) on the planned doctoral thesis
  • a written commitment from a lecturer of the faculty to supervise the doctoral dissertation (if this confirmation is not available at the time of application, it has to be submitted by the start of the possible employment). The letter must contain a statement from the supervising lecturer on how the project aligns with and strengthens the research portfolio and priorities of the supervisor and/or the accommodating department.
  • names and contact details of two references
  • records of the coursework and university degrees

For full consideration, your application should be received via either email (a single PDF document is required) sent to dekanatssekretariat.gesundheit(at)uni-bielefeld.de or post (see postal address). Please mark your application with the identification code: Wiss23610. Please note that the possibility of privacy breaches and unauthorized access by third parties cannot be excluded when communicating via unencrypted e-mail. For Information on the processing of personal data click here.

We will hold an online information session on 13.11.2023, where you can get more information and ask questions. Please register for this via email by contacting the graduate school coordinator Dr. Jörn Knobloch: joern.knobloch(at)uni-bielefeld.de.

Application deadline: 14.12.2023

Prof. Dr. Kayvan Bozorgmehr
+49 521 106-6311

Postal Address
Universität Bielefeld
Fakultät für Gesundheitswissenschaften
Dr. Jörn Knobloch
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld