DC1: Psychological safety and conflict management in teamwork in the operating theatre


The Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES), Herlev Section within the Center for Human Resources and Education is looking for a PhD Candidate in an EU-funded project. The PhD project will consist of a field work in Danish operation theatres to identify potential conflicts, current ways of handling them, and learning needs. Based on this analysis, interventions will be developed and tested. The work will be conducted in close collaboration between CAMES and the participating hospitals. The employment will be with CAMES. The position starts ultimately September 1, 2023 and ends ultimately August 31, 2026. In this time the PhD studies and thesis are expected to be finished.

Description of the position and the project

CAMES is one of the world leading simulation centres, providing courses for approximately 25.000 participants per year. CAMES is part of an EU-funded doctoral network, “Tools4Teams” that investigates different instruments and tools to support teamwork in different parts of the healthcare system. Tools are technical as well as procedural. The network allows the various PhD candidates in a variety of European countries to meet and to learn with and from each other and the collective group of PhD supervisors. The consortium brings together the leading researchers on team processes in their various forms and applications. The network activities will support the mutual exchange of candidates and supervisors in unique ways.

The PhD project is placed in the secondary sector, in operation rooms. The effective and efficient perioperative care requires a range of cognitive and social skills that are well established and are trained with some success in and outside of simulation. However, the basic underlying assumption of such skills is that those involved actually want to apply those skills. This assumption may not be true in case of conflicts. Therefore, the conceptualisation of such skills is intended to be enlarged, to also comprise conflict management techniques. As there is not much time for managing conflicts in the operating room, the PhD will contribute to find out, what is possible in this setting, and what preventive and healing measures can be taken before and after cases.

This PhD position is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) of the European Union’s “Horizon Europe 2022” research and innovation program under grant agreement No 101072843. The PhD studies will be performed with the University of Copenhagen, Department of Public Health. The MSCA programme offers competitive and attractive working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for doctoral candidates. Gross salary will consist of a Living Allowance (= €40.800/year, correction factor to be applied for Denmark: 1.32) and a monthly Mobility Allowance of €600. An additional monthly allowance of €660 is applicable depending on family situation. Please be aware that these amounts are subject to taxes, the exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment.

During your studies, you will also complete a three month secondment to UHZ in Switzerland under the supervision of Prof, Jan Schmutz, and a three month secondment to the TU/e in Eindhoven, The Netherlands under the supervision of Dr. Josette Gevers.

About you

You have an academic background that enables you to start a PhD education (typically master level or equivalent). You have an interest in the topics and the setting described above and are interested to combine conceptual / theoretical work with empirical data collection and analysis in this field. You are interested in and willing to learn to apply different methods within a constructivist approach, including interviews, observations, and field notes, as well as matching analysis strategies. You respect the opportunities and challenges of the field, taking extra care to treat study participants and patients ethically and respectfully. Due to the rules of the call, you may not have lived in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date – that is between September 2020 and September 2023. At the same time, due to that nature of the project and its setting, you will need to be able to understand Danish without any problems and should either be able to speak Danish or another of the Scandinavian Languages fluently. You should also be fluent in English in writing and orally.

Typically, you have a social or healthcare science background and ideally first experiences with research in the field. You are willing and able to work independently, you are curious about the people you work with, and focus on the benefit for patients. You look forward to the possibilities of learning with other PhD students in the network.


  • Construct the different studies in the PhD – These will be along the line sketched above, but will be fine-tuned with your input.
  • Participate in the network wide training of Tools4Teams
  • Project management, including contact to the field, other researchers, relevant authorities
  • Establishing and nurturing field access and field contacts
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Written and oral presentation of findings
  • Course work as required by the University of Copenhagen
  • Teaching obligations as required by the University of Copenhagen (within the area of your project)
  • Taking actively part in CAMES research environment

Application and more information

If you would like more information about the position, please contact Peter Dieckmann mail@peter-dieckmann.de The deadline for the application is May 1, 2023.
For more information see the Tools4Teams recruitment process.

The application is handled via the Capital Region’s job portal. To apply, please follow this link.