The Copenhagen Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS) invites applications for 2-3 PhD scholarships in Social Data Science, starting from Sept 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Copenhagen Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS) was established in 2016 as an interdisciplinary centre at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, involving faculty and students from anthropologyeconomicspolitical sciencepsychology and sociology, as well as from network and data scientists from the Danish Technical University. At the heart of the Faculty’s Social Big Data Initiative, SODAS’ vision is to create a social data science community focused on (i) leveraging advances in data science and in the collection of digital and/or big data and new data forms for the benefit of social scientists; (ii) enriching and combining qualitative and quantitative methods; and, (iii) at the same time, to study how such data, and not least their ethical and privacy-related challenges, transform the ways of doing social science.

The positions are available for a 3-year period (for applicants holding a master degree) or a 4-year period (under the so-called 4+4 model for applicants having 4 years of course work at the time starting the PhD studies). The tasks of PhD students are to
  • participate in smaller research groups working on research projects at SODAS
  • write scientific articles that are included in the PhD thesis of the applicant
  • attend PhD courses
  • participate in congresses/workshops/seminars
  • teach and disseminate research
  • visit another international research institution for at least a few months
  • work for SODAS

Worth of Award

  • 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 three-year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can, for instance, include teaching.


  • They seek candidates with a strong academic background in the social and/or technical sciences, qualifying for enrolment in the 5+3 programme (3 year PhD programme) or 4+4 programme (4 year PhD programme) in Social Science.
  • In the assessment of the candidate’s qualifications, emphasis will be on academic results, interdisciplinary experience, the project proposal and other potentially relevant professional experiences or publications. Good English language skills are required.
  • In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme, the applicant must have completed a two-year MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting employment.
  • Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements.
  • Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in a relevant 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 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip).

How to Apply

  • Submit the applications online. Click on the link provided to be taken to the online application form.
  • Applications should include the following documents:
  • application, including PhD proposal and reasons for applying for this position (max. 4 pages)
  • curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • diplomas and transcripts of records – all relevant certificates
  • publications to be considered in the assessment
  • The parts must be clearly labelled with the above-mentioned numbers.
  • Applications that do not meet the requirements listed above will not be taken into consideration.
  • 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.

Deadline: The application must be submitted electronically no later than May 15, 2019. Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

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