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PhD Fellowships at University of Copenhagen

1) PhD fellowship in Development of Theranostics Targeting the Neuropeptide Y1 Receptor (stipend no 5/6)

Center for Medicinal Chemistry, University of Copenhagen offers six three-year PhD fellowships in medicinal chemistry commencing 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Three of the PhD fellowships are announced at the Faculty of Health and Medicinal Sciences, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology and three are announced at the Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry. This call is for one of the positions at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology.

Our center and research

The Center for Medicinal Chemistry brings together scientists at UCPH in a dynamic, collaborative-oriented, integrated research and educational environment across the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, other academic institutions as well as the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

The Center promotes a working culture where the exploration of conceptual ideas goes hand-in-hand with innovation and attention to circularity and sustainability. In an international landscape, the Center pioneers new strategies and search for solutions to urgent medicinal chemistry challenges in society, and address fundamental questions with long-term perspectives. The Center works to strengthen the Medicon Valley region in an international setting.

PhD project: Development of theranostics targeting the neuropeptide Y1 receptor

The neuropeptide (NPY) is a highly abundant peptide ligand in the brain, that can activate all four subtypes of the NPY receptor and is involved in various physiological processes such as food intake, stress response, anxiety, and memory retention. Furthermore, NPY signaling is involved in human diseases such as obesity, mood disorders, and cancers. In this project, we aim to develop a PET tracer that can image the NPY1 receptor (Y1R). Currently, there is not PET tracer available that can image this important target within the brain. When established, we will use this tracer to study its in vivo function and its connection to obesity, mood disorders, and brain cancers. Beside the involvement of Y1R in brain functions, Y1R is also highly overexpressed in gliomas. As such, it makes sense to additionally develop a therapeutic agent at the same time. This project aims as such to study brain related diseased and physiological conditions with new tracers and radioligands.

Supervisors: Associate Professor Matthias Herth, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology and Professor Knud J. Jensen, Department of Chemistry.

Start
1 March 2023, or soon thereafter

Our department

Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology is committed to research-based teaching and interdisciplinary research that supports the development and understanding of chemical and pharmacological properties of drugs and drug targets. We work as part of a dynamic academic community of research, education and innovation within the Pharmaceutical Sciences bridging Health Sciences and Life Sciences.

Information about the Department can be found at https://drug.ku.dk/

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points
  • Participating in active research environments, including taking active part in research- and educational organizational initiatives under Center for Medicinal Chemistry
  • A stay at another research environment
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching of undergraduate students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry or peptide chemistry. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc).

Other important criteria are:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in drug discovery and development from bench-to-bedside
  • Language skills

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern medicinal chemistry and radiopharmaceutical chemistry laboratories as well as imaging facilities.

Terms of employment

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years.

The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s successful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project to the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy.

Salary, pension, and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 28,400 DKK/roughly 3,800 EUR (October 2022 level) plus pension.

The PhD fellowship is financed by the Center for Medicinal Chemistry, the Lundbeck Foundation, and TetraKit Technologies.

Application procedure

Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below and must include the following documents in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used

4. Publication list (if possible)

5. Other information to consider: References and recommendations (if possible)

The deadline for applications is Sunday 1 January 2023, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held beginning to mid February 2023.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Questions

For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor Matthias Herth, e-mail:  matthias.herth@sund.ku.dk, or PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail: marianne.joergensen@sund.ku.dk, phone: +45 3533 6449.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit http://ism.ku.dk (International staff mobility) and https://www.workindenmark.dk

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Info

Application deadline: 01-01-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology



2) PhD fellowship in Investigations Towards the Optimal Library Design (stipend no 4/6)

Center for Medicinal Chemistry, University of Copenhagen offers six three-year PhD fellowships in medicinal chemistry commencing 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Three of the PhD fellowships are announced at the Faculty of Health and Medicinal Sciences, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology and three are announced at the Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry. This call is for one of the positions at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology.

Our center and research

The Center for Medicinal Chemistry brings together scientists at UCPH in a dynamic, collaborative-oriented, integrated research and educational environment across the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, other academic institutions as well as the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

The Center promotes a working culture where the exploration of conceptual ideas goes hand-in-hand with innovation and attention to circularity and sustainability. In an international landscape, the Center pioneers new strategies and search for solutions to urgent medicinal chemistry challenges in society, and address fundamental questions with long-term perspectives. The Center works to strengthen the Medicon Valley region in an international setting.

PhD project: Supramolecular guided protein functionalization

The PhD project will involve the development of chemical strategies to access various bicyclic peptide-based compounds that target melanocortin receptors. Series of structurally diverse compounds will be synthesized and profiled for biochemical potency and selectivity across the melanocortin class of receptors. Ultimately, the resulting data sets will serve as training sets for the generation of machine learning models and their predictive power for designing optimized compound series will then be tested experimentally.

Supervisors: Professor Christian A. Olsen, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Professor Morten P. Meldal, Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Kilian Conde-Frieboes, Novo Nordisk A/S.

Start
1 March 2023, or soon thereafter

Our department

Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology is committed to research-based teaching and interdisciplinary research that supports the development and understanding of chemical and pharmacological properties of drugs and drug targets. We work as part of a dynamic academic community of research, education and innovation within the Pharmaceutical Sciences bridging Health Sciences and Life Sciences.

Information about the Department can be found at https://drug.ku.dk/

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points
  • Participating in active research environments, including taking active part in research- and educational organizational initiatives under Center for Medicinal Chemistry
  • A stay at another research environment
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching of undergraduate students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. chemistry, chemical engineering or pharmacy. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc).

Other important criteria are:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in organic chemistry
  • Language skills

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories, equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure for synthesis, compound characterization, and biochemical assays.

Terms of employment

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years.

The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s successful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project to the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy.

Salary, pension, and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 28,400 DKK/roughly 3,800 EUR (October 2022 level) plus pension.

The PhD fellowship is financed by the Center for Medicinal Chemistry, the Lundbeck Foundation, and Novo Nordisk.

Application procedure

Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below and must include the following documents in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used

4. Publication list (if possible)

5. Other information to consider: References and recommendations (if possible)

The deadline for applications is Sunday 1 January 2023, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held beginning to mid February 2023.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Questions

For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor Christian A. Olsen, e-mail:  cao@sund.ku.dk, or PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail: marianne.joergensen@sund.ku.dk, phone: +45 3533 6449.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit http://ism.ku.dk (International staff mobility) and https://www.workindenmark.dk

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Info

Application deadline: 01-01-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology


3) PhD fellowship in supramolecular guided functionalization of neuropeptides (stipend no 6/6)

We are offering six three-year PhD fellowships in medicinal chemistry commencing 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Three of the PhD fellowships are announced at the Faculty of Health and Medicinal Sciences, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology and three are announced at the Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry. This call is for one of the positions at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology.

Our center and research

The Center for Medicinal Chemistry brings together scientists at UCPH in a dynamic, collaborative-oriented, integrated research and educational environment across the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, other academic institutions as well as the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

The Center promotes a working culture where the exploration of conceptual ideas goes hand-in-hand with innovation and attention to circularity and sustainability. In an international landscape, the Center pioneers new strategies and search for solutions to urgent medicinal chemistry challenges in society, and address fundamental questions with long-term perspectives. The Center works to strengthen the Medicon Valley region in an international setting.

PhD project: Supramolecular guided protein functionalization

This is project will explore a strategy selective peptide and protein functionalization relying on selectively molecular recognition of specific regions of native proteins, and subsequently transfer functionality to the protein. The project will be composed of different elements, including these: 1: Supramolecular systems with established selective protein binding properties will be identified, and chemically modified to proof the recognition-functionalization concept. These will be the first systems explored. 2: Identification of new site-selective protein recognition motifs will be pursued using dynamic combinatorial chemistry. The dynamic combinatorial methodology to identify selective receptors has been explored extensively in the Pittelkow research group during the past years.

The project will be a close collaboration with Michael Pittelkow from CHEM, Rasmus Prætorius Clausen from ILF and Thomas Høeg-Jensen from Novo-Nordisk.

Supervisors: Associate Professor Rasmus P. Clausen, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology and Associate Professor Michael Pittelkow, Department of Chemistry.

Start
1 March 2023, or soon thereafter.

Our department

Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology is committed to research-based teaching and interdisciplinary research that supports the development and understanding of chemical and pharmacological properties of drugs and drug targets. We work as part of a dynamic academic community of research, education and innovation within the Pharmaceutical Sciences bridging Health Sciences and Life Sciences.

Information about the Department can be found at https://drug.ku.dk/

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points
  • Participating in active research environments including a stay at another research team, preferably abroad
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching of undergraduate students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical engineering or related area. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc).

Other important criteria are:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in (synthetic) organic chemistry
  • Language skills

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and analytical facilities, including several NMR spectrometers, UPLC-MS, CD, CPL and ITC.

Terms of employment

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years.

The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s successful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project to the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences.

Salary, pension, and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 28,400 DKK/roughly 3,800 EUR (October 2022 level) plus pension.

This PhD fellowship at the Faculty of Health and Medicinal Sciences is financed by the Center for Medicinal Chemistry, the Lundbeck Foundation, and the ‘star-program’ from Novo Nordisk.

Application procedure

Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below and must include the following documents in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used

4. Publication list (if possible)

5. Other information to consider: References and recommendations (if possible)

The deadline for applications is Sunday 1 January 2023, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held beginning to mid February 2023.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Questions

For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisors Michael Pittelkow, e-mail: pittel@chem.ku.dk, phone: +45 3054 5509 or Rasmus P. Clausen, e-mail:  rac@sund.ku.dk, or PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail: marianne.joergensen@sund.ku.dk, phone: +45 3533 6449.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit http://ism.ku.dk (International staff mobility) and https://www.workindenmark.dk

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Info

Application deadline: 01-01-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology


4) PhD fellowship in Neuro-Medicinal Chemistry at Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

 

We are offering a three-year PhD fellowship in medicinal chemistry studies of the Delta receptors, which are a subclass of the ionotropic glutamate receptor superfamily in the central nervous system. Start date is scheduled to April 1st, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description

Ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) are ligand-gated ion channels responsible for fast excitatory neurotransmission in the brain. Whereas the AMPA, kainate and NMDA receptors continue to attract much attention in neuroscience research, the Delta receptors have for decades been enigmatic by appearing functionally distinct from other iGluRs, as they do not exhibit typical ligand-induced ion channel currents. The Delta receptors are clearly important for normal brain function and likely involved in neurological and psychiatric disorders but are highly understudied since no selective tool compounds are known.

The aim of this PhD project is to discover the first selective tool compounds for studies of the physiological role and functions of GluD1 and GluD2 Delta receptor subtypes in vitro and in vivo (animals).

To discover such tool compounds, the PhD student must aspire creative thinking, be engaged in structure-based design, computational chemistry, retro-synthetic planning and execution, pharmacological evaluation of the synthesized compounds, as well as structural biology and isothermal titration calorimetry studies. Medicinal chemistry is an iterative process and the continuously buildup of our understanding of the structure-activity-relationship for the compound classes will direct the design phase and eventually provide the target tool compounds for the Delta receptors.

Eventually, this work will improve our understanding of the role and functional of the Delta receptors in health and disease, and thus their potential as novel therapeutic targets.

Principal supervisor
Professor Lennart Bunch, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Start
April 1st, 2023 – or as soon possible thereafter

Duration
3 years as a PhD student

Our group and research

In the Bunch group, we focus on research in neuro-medicinal chemistry, with the aim to discover novel tool compounds for the study of the healthy and diseased brain. We collaborate with structural biologists and pharmacologists all over the world to reach our common goals. For this particular project we collaborate closely with Prof. Jette S. Kastrup on structural biology and Assoc. Prof. Anders S. Kristensen on pharmacology, and parts of the present PhD project will be carried out in the respective groups.

The Bunch group comprises 4-8 students/co-workers and has a strong international profile. The language of daily communication is English, and the group is a part of the medicinal chemistry discipline at the department, which comprises eight medicinal chemistry groups.

Our department

Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology is committed to research-based teaching and interdisciplinary research that supports the development and understanding of chemical and pharmacological properties of drugs and drug targets. We work as part of a dynamic academic community of research, education and innovation within the Pharmaceutical Sciences bridging Health Sciences and Life Sciences.

Information about the Department can be found at https://drug.ku.dk/

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are:

  • Carry out an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay in another research group
  • Teach undergraduate students  
  • Disseminate results obtained from your PhD project
  • Write and publically defend your PhD thesis on the grounds of the results you have obtained

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a Danish master’s degree (two years/120 ECTS points) in organic chemistry and/or medicinal chemistry, or expect to complete such before the agreed-to starting date.

Other important criteria are:

  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in medicinal chemistry
  • Research experience and qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Publications in peer-reviewed international journals
  • English proficiency skills

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities span modern laboratories and all computational and analytical apparatuses needed to carry out research at the highest level.

Terms of employment

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years.

The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s successful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project to the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy, be an active member of Center for Medicinal Chemistry and Neuroscience Academy Denmark.

Salary, pension, and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 28,400 DKK/roughly 3,780 EUR (October 2022 level) plus 17.1% pension.

The PhD position is financed by the Lundbeck Foundation (LF Ascending Investigators grant).

Application procedure

Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below and must include the following documents in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position (max two pages)

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used

4. Publication list (if possible)

5. Other information to consider: References and recommendations (if possible)

The deadline for applications is January 1st, 2023, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in January 2023.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Questions

For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor Professor Lennart Bunch, e-mail: lebu@sund.ku.dk, or PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail: marianne.joergensen@sund.ku.dk, phone: +45 3533 6449.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit http://ism.ku.dk (International staff mobility) and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Application deadline: 01-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology


5) 211-1288/22-2H PhD fellowship in Non-Hormonal Male Contraceptives (stipend no 1/6)

PhD fellowship in Non-Hormonal Male Contraceptives (stipend no 1/6)
Department of Chemistry
University of Copenhagen

Center for Medicinal Chemistry, University of Copenhagen offers six three-year PhD fellowships in medicinal chemistry commencing 1 February 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Three of the PhD fellowships are announced at the Faculty of Health and Medicinal Sciences and three are announced at the Faculty of Science. Department of Chemistry. This call is for one of the positions at Department of Chemistry.

Our center and research
The Center for Medicinal Chemistry brings together scientists at UCPH in a dynamic, collaborative-oriented, integrated research and educational environment across the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, other academic institutions as well as the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

The Center promotes a working culture where the exploration of conceptual ideas goes hand-in-hand with innovation and attention to circularity and sustainability. In an international landscape, the Center pioneers new strategies and search for solutions to urgent medicinal chemistry challenges in society, and address fundamental questions with long-term perspectives. The Center works to strengthen the Medicon Valley region in an international setting.

PhD project: Non-Hormonal Male Contraceptives
The aim in this PhD project is to develop non-steroidal inhibitors of the cation channel of sperm (CatSper) for the development of novel non-hormonal male contraceptives. The project is based on a lead compound and hence a first task is to identify the pharmacophore responsible for the inhibitory effect on CatSper by means of a systematic structure-activity relationship (SAR) study. Secondly, more potent and selective inhibitors will be the goal through a second SAR study (hit optimization).

Testing the inhibitory effect of the novel non-steroidal CatSper inhibitor(s) on progesterone-induced human sperm responses, for example the acrosome reaction, hyperactivation, and sperm penetration into mucous is carried out at Rigshospitalet together with MD PhD Anders Rehfeld.

Supervisors: Associate Professor Christian M. Pedersen, Department of Chemistry and Associate Professor Anders Bach, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Start
1 March 2023, or soon thereafter

Our group and research- and what do we offer?
We are a leading research group in the field of organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry.

The group is a part of Department of Chemistry, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include laboratories and all relevant equipment for characterization.

Information about the Department can be found at https://chem.ku.dk/

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at the  Department of Chemistry are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points
  • Participating in active research environments, including taking active part in research- and educational organizational initiatives under Center for Medicinal Chemistry
  • A stay at another research environment
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching of undergraduate students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. chemistry and medicinal chemistry. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc). For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database

Other important criteria are:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry
  • Language skills

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and research infrastructure.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fix-termed position lmited to a period of 3 years.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

The PhD fellowship is financed by the Center for Medicinal Chemistry, the Lundbeck Foundation, and Daré Bioscience.

Application procedure
Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below and must include the following documents in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used


4. Publication list (if possible)

5. Other information to consider: References and recommendations (if possible)

The deadline for applications is Sunday 1 January 2023, 23.59pm GMT+1

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in the beginning to mid-February 2023

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Questions
For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor Christian M. Pedersen, e-mail:  cmp@chem.ku.dk, phone: +45 3533 6566

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit http://ism.ku.dk (International staff mobility) and https://www.workindenmark.dk

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Application deadline: 01-01-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Department/Location: Department of Chemistry


6) PhD fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry at Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We are offering a three-year PhD fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry commencing 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description
Kinases and phosphatases regulate, in concert, phosphorylation levels by adding or removing, a phosphate group from biomolecules. Phosphorylation is key to normal cellular function and, subsequently, imbalance in phosphorylation level is involved in a multitude of diseases. The PhD project will be part of a larger project aimed to develop a technology platform for targeted modulation of phosphorylation. This will be pursued by development of chemical small molecule inducers of dimerization enabling proximity for a dysregulated protein and an effector enzyme rescuing the dysregulated phosphorylated state.

The specific PhD project will focus on development of heterobifunctional ligands for inducing phosphorylation on selected protein targets involving structure-based design, organic synthesis, and biochemical assessment. The work will be performed in close collaboration with pharmacologists.

Principal supervisor
Professor Bente Frølund, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
E-mail:  bfr@sund.ku.dk, direct phone: +45 3533 6495

Start
1 March 2023

Duration
3 years as a PhD student

Our group and research
The PhD project will be part of the Frølund Group, which is highly international and includes postdocs, PhD students, and master students. The overall goal of the research is to develop molecular probes and novel methodologies to obtain insight into identity, localization, function, therapeutic potential of target receptors/transporters/enzymes with neuroprotection in focus. The approaches comprise structure-activity studies, development of imaging ligands for determination of localization, mobility, and activation of target proteins, and engineered molecular probes for ligand-protein crystallization, identification and probing of binding sites, bioorthogonal chemistry, targeted delivery and rewiring cell signaling. All the projects are interdisciplinary, building on international and national collaborations. With a platform in medicinal chemistry, our projects bridges with molecular pharmacology, computational and biostructural chemistry.

Our department
The Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology (www.drug.ku.dk) delivers drug-related research and research-based teaching within a wide range of drug-related disciplines, spanning the molecular, cellular, and pharmacological levels.

Information about the Department can be found at https://drug.ku.dk/

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points
  • Participating in active research environments including a stay at another research team, preferably abroad
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching of undergraduate students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. organic/medicinal chemistry or related area. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years).

Other important criteria are:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in organic/medicinal chemistry and protein-ligand interactions
  • Language skills

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years.

The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s successful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project to the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy.

Salary, pension, and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 28,400 DKK/roughly 3,800 EUR (October 2022 level) plus pension.

Application procedure
Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below and must include the following documents in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
    As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.
    Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Other information to consider: References and recommendations (if possible)

The deadline for applications is 1 January 2023, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills, and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held Mid January 2023.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Questions
For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor, Professor Bente Frølund, e-mail:  bfr@sund.ku.dk, direct phone: +45 3533 6495 or PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail: marianne.joergensen@sund.ku.dk, direct phone: +45 3533 6449.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit http://ism.ku.dk (International staff mobility) and https://www.workindenmark.dk

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Contact

Marianne Wieslander Jørgensen

Contact

Bente Frølund

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Application deadline: 01-01-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology


7) 211-1311/22-2H PhD fellowship in Nanosciene

PhD fellowship in Nanosciene
PhD Project in collaboration with National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing, China
Nano-Science Center
Faculty of SCIENCE
University of Copenhagen

Nano-Science Center invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in Nanoscience. It is an open call, where the project is defined by the applicant in collaboration with Danish and Chinese supervisors The project is part of and founded by the Sino-Danish Center for Research and Education (SDC).

Start date is (expected to be) 1st of March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
An open call in the general field of Nanoscience.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates within the field(s) of Nanoscience. It is a rather broad field that encompasses Nanophysics and electronics, Nanochemistry, Nanobiology and related fields.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?
We are based on the interdisciplinary center for Nanoscience at University of Copenhagen, which is a collaboration of chemist, physicist, biochemist and pharmacist.

The group is a part of the three departmenst, Institute of Chemistry, Niels Bohr Institute and Institute of Biology,  Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen. The employment will be at Department of Chemistry.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. For more than 12 years we have had a scientific collaboration with Chinese collegues, in particular with institutes associated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The collaboration is purely academic, and all results are published in international journals. Part of the project (up to 12 months) should take place in Beijing. Covid19 restrictions may change this requirement. Denmark has a presence in Beijing in the SDC building at the Yanqihu Campus.

Principal supervisor can be any scienctist associated with the Nano-Science Center. For more information contact Prof., Per Hedegård, Niels Bohr Institute, hedegard@nbi.ku.dk Direct Phone: +45 28750435

The PhD programme
three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme)if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Getting into a position on the regular PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Part of the project will will be carried out in Beijing, China

Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programmes

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, min. one year in China
  • Teaching at the SDC master program in nanoscience and technology in Beijing, and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in nanoscience
  • Knowledge about the Danish educational system
  • Good language skills

Application and Assessment Procedure
Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project
  3. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  4. Original diplomas for your Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  5. Publication list (if possible)
  6. Reference letters (if available)

Application deadline:
The deadline for applications is Sunday 1 January 2023 23:59 GMT +1

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 3, 2023

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Info

Application deadline: 01-01-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Department/Location: Department of Chemistry



8) PhD fellowship in Physical Geography

The Section for Geography invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in Terrestrial Arctic ecosystem BVOC dynamics. The project is part of the research project “AVOCA”, which is financed by the Villum Foundation. Starting date is 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
Emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) from terrestrial vegetation are expected to change as a consequence of climate change. The abundance of emitted BVOCs is linked to climate feedbacks through their influence on atmospheric chemical processes and cloud formation. Recent studies of local emissions from Arctic tundra have now shown that this region has notable emission rates which may be highly relevant for our future climate.

AVOCA is a multidisciplinary project focusing on quantifying emissions of the most dominant BVOCs in Arctic terrestrial ecosystems. We will develop and apply new remote sensing techniques using data from unmanned aerial systems (UAS), satellite data, and field work to develop proxies for BVOC emissions. The project will e.g. explore the implementation of multi- and hyperspectral imaging from UAS for surface classification, estimates of photosynthesis, and for plant stress observations in natural ecosystems, as well as multispectral and thermal imaging for evaluation of surface moisture.


Who are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates within the field(s) of physical geography. Applicants should have a background within physical geography, ecology or biology. The applicant must have prior experience with field work planning in general, field work in the Arctic, experience with in-situ sampling of soil and plant material, and laboratory work. The candidate is expected to actively participate in the design of the project, and in the planning and execution of field campaigns and data processing work. The candidate should have experience in handling and analysing quantitative data related to natural ecosystems and climate. Prior experience with academic writing for peer-reviewed journals is considered an advantage. It is moreover an advantage to speak a Scandinavian language since field-work will be conducted in Denmark, Greenland, and Sweden. The candidate will moreover be involved in teaching material in Danish at the section for Geography.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?
You will be working in the Section for Geography in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis research group (https://ign.ku.dk/english/research/). Our group has a strong expertise in physical, geochemical and biological processes in terrestrial ecosystems related to carbon and nutrient cycles, greenhouse gasses and feedbacks with climate. The workplace offers strong possibilities for collaboration with other research groups focusing on e.g. landscape processes and remote sensing.

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Andreas Westergaard-Nielsen (awn@ign.ku.dk).


The group is a part of section for Geography, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Principal supervisor is Andreas Westergaard-Nielsen, awn@ign.ku.dk.

The PhD programme
The fellowship is a three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme)if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.
Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.


Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in PhD programmes

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in Arctic terrestrial ecosystems and energy fluxes between vegetation, soil, and the lower atmosphere
  • Good language skills

Application and Assessment Procedure
Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project.
  3. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  4. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  5. Publication list (if possible)
  6. Reference letters (if available)

Application deadline:
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 4 January 2023, 23:59 GMT +1.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.


The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 8.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Info

Application deadline: 04-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Geovidenskab og Naturforvaltning


9) PhD fellowship in fluorescence spectroscopy

Department of Chemistry
Faculty of SCIENCE
University of Copenhagen

 

Understanding of the molecular photophysics of fluorescent organic dyes and probes is a fundamental challenge and a prerequisite for their use in advanced bioimaging and diagnostics. Take part in the exciting development of new fluorescent probes and imaging tools.

 

The Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in organic synthesis.

Start date is 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
We develop new fluorescent dyes for use as probes and labels in bio imaging. In this project you will specifically study the photophysical properties of fluorescent triangulenium dyes with long excited state lifetimes and their interactions with solvent and metabolites (e.g. aminoacids and phosphates), by steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. By understanding and Photo induced electron transfer (PET) and proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) in the fluorescent dyes we seek to develop new tools for bio-imaging. In the project you will collaborate with other PhD students and PostDocs working within this area on synthesis of new dyes and on applications in bioimaging. The position will also include teaching duties and supervision of project students.

Who are we looking for?
We seek a chemist/spectroscopist with a great passion for research and fluorescence spectroscopy of organic compounds. Substantial experience with UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy is a requirement. Additional experience with e.g.: fluorescent dyes, PET, PCET, bio-conjugation, fluorescence microscopy, TCSPC or FLIM is an advantage. Proficiency in both written and spoken English is a requirement.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?
In the research group of Prof. Bo Wegge Laursen at Nano-Science Center and Department of Chemistry a major research topic is the design and synthesis of new fluorescent dyes. Our research projects both aims at development of new dyes to improve our fundamental understanding of the relationship between molecular structure and fluorescent properties, as well as to develop dyes for specific applications such as improved cell imaging and diagnostic assays. Much of our activities are centered on cationic dyes of the triangulenium and rhodamine families. In the group we are a mix of organic synthetic chemists and spectroscopists, and we collaborate with a wide range of research groups using our fluorescent dye. See more about the research group at: https://chem.ku.dk/research_sections/nanochem/nanochemistry/

The group is a part of the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Principal supervisor is Professor Bo W. Laursen, Department of Chemistry, E-mail: bwl@nano.ku.dk

The PhD programme
three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme)if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. chemistry. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programme

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in chemistry
  • Good language skills

Application and Assessment Procedure
 Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  4. Publication list (if possible)
  5. Reference letters (if available)

Application deadline
The deadline for applications is 7 January 2023, 23:59 GMT +1.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Info

Application deadline: 07-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Chemistry


10) PhD fellowship in organic synthesis

New fluorescent organic molecules are challenging synthetic targets and are crucial for advances in bioimaging and diagnostics. Take part in the exciting development of synthetic routes to new dyes with enhanced optical properties.

The Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in organic synthesis.

Start date is 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project

You will have your own projects aiming at synthesizing fluorescent triangulenium dyes with new sensor functions for pH and important metabolites. In the project you will collaborate with other PhD students and PostDocs working within this area on advanced spectroscopic characterization and applications in bioimaging. The position will also include teaching duties and supervision of project students.

Who are we looking for?

We seek an experienced synthetic chemist with a great passion for research and the organic synthesis laboratory. Substantial experience with organic synthesis chemistry and compound chareterization (NMR and MS) is a requirement, additional experience with HPLC, fluorescent dyes, and optical spectroscopy is an advantage. Proficiency in both written and spoken English is a requirement.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?

In the research group of Prof. Bo Wegge Laursen at Nano-Science Center and Department of Chemistry a major research topic is the design and synthesis of new fluorescent dyes. Our research projects both aims at development of new dyes to improve our fundamental understanding of the relationship between molecular structure and fluorescent properties, as well as to develop dyes for specific applications such as improved cell imaging and diagnostic assays. Much of our activities are centered on cationic dyes of the triangulenium and rhodamine families. In the group we are a mix of organic synthetic chemists and spectroscopists, and we collaborate with a wide range of research groups using our fluorescent dye. See more about the research group at: https://chem.ku.dk/research_sections/nanochem/nanochemistry/

The group is a part of the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Principal supervisor is Professor Bo W. Laursen, Department of Chemistry, E-mail: bwl@nano.ku.dk

The PhD programme

three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme)if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. chemistry. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programme

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

 

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in chemistry
  • Good language skills

 

Application and Assessment Procedure

 Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  4. Publication list (if possible)
  5. Reference letters (if available)

Application deadline:

The deadline for applications is 7 January 2023, 23:59 GMT +1.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Contact

Bo Wegge Laursen

Info

Application deadline: 07-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Chemistry

11) PhD fellowship in Inflammation and Fibrosis during Atrial Fibrillation

A position is available in the Cardiac Physiology Laboratory at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The position is available from 1st of March 2023, or at a mutually agreed date. Very motivated and committed candidates with experience in cardiovascular research and biomedicine are invited to apply. The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years. The position is fully funded and is conditioned upon the applicants successful enrollment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of and application for the specific project formulated by the applicant. 

The project

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia affecting more than 33.5 million people worldwide and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality occurring as a result of stroke and heart failure. Currently available therapies have inadequate efficacy and substantial adverse side effects. AF is characterized as being a progressive disease that commonly progresses towards longer-lasting AF forms. In this regard, structural remodeling, particularly cardiac fibrosis, is a major driver of AF progression. However, specific therapeutic targets to halt or prevent fibrotic remodeling are lacking, which makes management of cardiac fibrosis the largest unmet therapeutic need in AF. This project will provide novel and important insights in AF pathogenesis, potentially leading to the development of new treatment regimens for AF patients.

Supervision

Principle supervisor is Professor Thomas Jespersen.

Primary co-supervisor is post.doc Arnela Saljic.

Start

1st of March or soon thereafter.

The group

We are an interdisciplinary and dynamic team of ambitious and friendly scientists at the pre- and post-doctoral level. Currently the team includes PhD students, postdocs, scholar students as well as bachelor and master students. We have a large collaborative international and national network, which nurtures the group’s talent and the impact of our research.

Our research

Our primary research focus is on cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmias. We aim at elucidating cardiac electrophysiology and structural remodeling in health and disease with a specific focus on ion channels and their associated proteins and functions using molecular, biochemical, pharmacological, and electrophysiological investigations. We also aim to reveal and understand how disease states affect the electrophysiological function of the heart and its ion channels. Our goal is to incorporate in vitro findings into a whole organ context through the use of ex vivo and in vivo animal models.

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student are to:

  • Plan, execute and evaluate independent research under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or equivalent education corresponding to 30 ECTS points
  • Teach pregraduate students
  • Disseminate your research orally and in writing, including writing scientific articles
  • Write a PhD thesis on the ground of your project

Criteria for the assessment of candidates

We are looking for an exceptional candidate who

  • is driven by curiosity and desire to know more about the biomedical aspects and molecular changes that is believed to drive the pathophysiology in atrial fibrillation
  • can show a great ability to collaborate, and contribute to a dynamic, strong, and inclusive working environment
  • has some experience in molecular biology and is familiar with techniques used within molecular biology
  • experience in molecular techniques is an advantage
  • experience in cell culturing and cell isolation is an advantage
  • is willing to undertake international research visits (secondments)

We offer extensive training in following techniques:

  • a wide range of molecular biology, including immunoblotting, ELISA, cloning, RNA/DNA/protein extraction, qPCR, PCR, histology and immunostaining
  • cell isolation and culturing techniques in primary human and animal fibroblasts and cardiomyocytes or in cell lines
  • cellular functional studies (including assessment of cell viability, proliferation)
  • Investigation in animal and human samples (blood and tissue)

Questions                                                                                                                                 

For specific questions relating to the PhD project, please contact post.doc Arnela Saljic arnela@sund.ku.dk or at +45 42360411. General information about PhD programs at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/

Application and Assessment Procedure                                                                               

Your online application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae focused on the assessment criterias outlines above. Include information about your education, laboratory experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position. Please include a photo
  • Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-databasePlease note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Contact information on two-three references

Application deadline

Application deadline is 8th January 2023. We will not consider material received after the deadline, and will not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The applicants will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities

Interviews are expected to be held in February 2023.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Contact

Arnela Saljic

Info

Application deadline: 08-01-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biomedical Sciences


12) PhD studentship (medical humanities)

The Department of English, Germanic and Romance studies, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), and the Centre for Culture and the Mind invite applications for one PhD studentship (focus on history and/or literature, and historical trauma studies), starting on 1 April 2023.

The position is funded by the DNRF Centre of Excellence, Centre for Culture and the Mind (CULTMIND).

The successful candidate will work closely with the Centre leader Ana Antic and will join a dynamic international and interdisciplinary research team, based at the Centre.

The Centre for Culture and the Mind explores the puzzling relationship between cultural difference and the human psyche from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: historical, anthropological, psychiatric, literary and psychological. It zooms in on the core questions about the universality or otherwise of the human mind, which remain as difficult to answer today as they were a century ago.

The Centre proposes that the issue of culture-mind relationship lays at the core of many social, political and medical debates: within cross-cultural psychiatry/psychotherapy, in trauma studies, and in migration and refugee studies. It explores how the human mind and common humanity have been imagined in different cultural, sociopolitical and disciplinary contexts, examining the assumptions and forces which shaped such definitions. By analysing how different cross-cultural models of the psyche were formulated and critiqued, the Centre’s interdisciplinary team aims to develop a new framework for understanding cross-cultural interventions and their politics, and to arrive at a more nuanced model of interaction between socio-cultural contexts and ideas of the psyche.

The Centre consists of four interrelated thematic strands: cross-cultural research in human sciences; cross-cultural notions of trauma and resilience; cross-cultural therapeutics and creative mind; and cross-cultural encounters and population movements (migration).

Introduction
PhD studies consist of research programmes that qualify students for independent and wide-ranging research, development and teaching at international level. The main emphasis is on PhD students organising and conducting their own research project (under supervision). The programme culminates in the submission of a PhD thesis, which the student must defend in public. The programme is prescribed to 180 ECTS points, corresponding to three years of full-time study.

A PhD opens up a range of career opportunities in academia and elsewhere. As well as writing a thesis, PhD students work in active research environments in Denmark and abroad. They contribute to the academic environment, take research training courses and convey the results of their research in teaching, at academic conferences and to the general public.

Qualification requirements
The PhD student will be a core member of the Centre’s vibrant interdisciplinary and international research team, and a core contributor to the Centre’s thematic strand on cross-cultural notions of trauma and resilience (as well as recovery and reconciliation). This strand focuses on cultural and psychiatric vocabularies of trauma in a variety of cultural and political contexts. It aims to offer a comparative historical analysis of how concepts of trauma, PTSD, resilience and recovery have been applied and translated outside the Western world, and how universalising psychiatric discourses of trauma interacted with broader cultural, literary and artistic narratives of emotional suffering and victimhood.

The successful candidate is expected to work both independently and in collaboration with the Centre’s research team. They should hold an MA degree in history, literature (and modern languages), anthropology or medical humanities. They should be interested in expanding their knowledge in the field of historical trauma studies, and in exploring different understandings and histories of psychological distress and suffering beyond Western scientific models.

The candidate will be expected to conduct original research in relevant historical archives and libraries, and to produce a doctoral dissertation focused on analysing how mental distress, healing and resilience might be imagined in different cultural and political contexts.

Within the Centre’s research team, the candidate will take part in broader intellectual and methodological discussions around the project’s goals and general directions. Experience with collaborative and interdisciplinary work will be an asset.

The candidate is also expected to take active part in the academic life of the department.

For further information, including more details on the Centre for Culture and the Mind, please contact Ana Antic at ana.antic@hum.ku.dk

Applicants must have a two-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent and, as a minimum, have submitted a Master’s thesis for which they have received pre-approval at the time of application.

The qualifications of applicants with non-Danish Master’s degrees will be assessed to ascertain whether they correspond to the Danish level. For further information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Education and Research: https://ufm.dk/en/education/admission-and-guidance.

Applicants must possess skills in written and spoken academic English at a high level. If deemed necessary, the department may request that applicants document their English skills.

Application
All applications must be submitted online, in PDF or Microsoft Word format, via the link “Apply for the position” at the bottom of the page.

The application must include:

1. Project abstract
(max.1,200 characters with spaces)

2. Personal statement (max. one page)
In their personal statements, applicants are encouraged to: 
•    outline how the PhD project relates to other research activities at the Centre and the department, including the availability of supervisors 
•    describe as clearly as possible their competencies and personal qualifications relevant to the Centre’s research programme.

3. CV
Applications must be accompanied by a CV (max. one page) and a list of publications, where relevant. 

4. Documentation (diplomas and transcripts)
Applicants must upload the following:
•    A copy of their Master’s degree diploma or similar (if this is not available by the application deadline, applicants must document pre-approval of their Master’s thesis) 
•    A copy of their Master’s degree transcript 
•    A copy of their Bachelor’s degree diploma 
•    A copy of their Bachelor’s degree transcript. 

Applicants with a degree from a university where the working language is not English or one of the Scandinavian languages must submit a translation of their Master’s diploma and/or diploma transcripts approved by the Danish embassy or consulate in the country where the original document was issued. These documents must be translated into English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. An official description of the grading scale (and a diploma supplement where relevant) must also be attached. 

5. Project description 
Applications must include a detailed project description covering the problem formulation, overall objectives, methodology, design and timetable (max. five pages/12,000 characters, incl. spaces, excl. bibliography).

Guidelines and good advice on project descriptions are available here.

6. Other relevant material 
Statements of consent, e.g. regarding access to special archives and approval of studies abroad, may be submitted along with the applications. It is not necessary to include commitments from supervisors.
Please do not upload or submit recommendations, publications, theses, etc.

Assessment criteria
The following criteria are applied when assessing PhD applications:

  • The quality, originality and feasibility of the PhD project
  • Research qualifications, as reflected in the attached CV and project description
  • Competencies and knowledge of relevant fields of academic research
  • Level (grades obtained) of Bachelor and Master’s studies.

The recruitment process
After the deadline for applications, the Head of Department considers advice from the Appointment Committee and then selects applicants for assessment. All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been shortlisted. After this, the Head of Department sets up an expert Assessment Committee to assess the shortlisted applications. The selected applicants will be informed who is serving on the committee. Individual applicants will be offered the opportunity to comment on the committee’s assessment of their application before the appointment is announced.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number 211-1271/22-2H #1.

Enrolment
It is a prerequisite for employment that successful applicants enrol at the PhD School of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen.

For further information about the structure of the PhD programme, please refer to: https://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/what-is-it/structure-of-the-phd-programme/

For further information about the guidelines for PhD studies at UCPH, please refer to: https://phd.ku.dk/english/

Remuneration and terms of employment
Appointment as a PhD Fellow is subject to the collective bargaining agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

We seek to reflect the breadth and diversity of society and encourage applications irrespective of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 9 January 2023 at 23:59 [CET]

Any applications or additional material submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

However, changes may be made to the submitted application right up until the deadline.

For further information about the application procedure, please refer to the University of Copenhagen website: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

For further information about the structure and rules of the PhD programme, please e-mail the PhD Administration at Søndre and City Campus, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk.

If you have any questions about the academic content of the PhD programme, please e-mail the PhD coordinator at the Department of English, Germanic and Romance studies, Professor Christian Benne, e-mail: christian.benne@hum.ku.dk

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Info

Application deadline: 09-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Department/Location: Institut for Engelsk, Germansk og Romansk


13) PhD positions in Theoretical Computer Science and/or Combinatorial Optimization

 PhD positions in Theoretical Computer Science and/or Combinatorial Optimization

Department of Computer Science
Faculty of SCIENCE

University of Copenhagen

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen (DIKU) invites applications for PhD positions in theoretical computer science and/or combinatorial optimization, tentatively commencing 1 September 2023 (but the starting date is negotiable).

Description of the scientific environment

The PhD students will be part of a world-leading research environment (currently ranked 11th worldwide in algorithms and complexity theory by CSrankings.org), with a strong presence at top-tier conferences like STOC, FOCS, and SODA, and also with publications in premier AI conferences like AAAI, IJCAI, and NeurIPS. We are home to the Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) centre (https://barc.ku.dk/), joint with the IT University of Copenhagen, and have extensive collaborations with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and with Lund University on the Swedish side of the Øresund Bridge, as well as with our many visitors. We aim to attract top talent from around the world to an ambitious, creative, collaborative, and fun environment. Using the power of mathematics, we strive to create fundamental breakthroughs in algorithms and complexity theory. While our focus in on theoretical research, we do have a track record of surprising algorithmic discoveries leading to major industrial applications.

 

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the oldest and largest university in Denmark. It is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia and consistently as one of the top places in Europe. Within computer science, it is ranked 2nd in the European Union (post-Brexit) by ShanghaiRanking.

 

Further information about the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of Science can be found at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the positions can be made to Mikkel Abrahamsen (miab@di.ku.dk), Jakob Nordström (jn@di.ku.dk), or Rasmus Pagh (pagh@di.ku.dk). Candidates interested in working with other faculty in the Algorithms and Complexity Section (https://di.ku.dk/english/staff/vip/researchers_ac/) are also encouraged to apply.

Job description

The positions are available for period of 3-5 years, depending on your current education level as discussed further below, and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are to:

  • Manage and carry through your research project.
  • Complete and pass the MSc education in accordance with the curriculum of the MSc programme (only if you are attending the integrated MSc and PhD programme).

  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS (1/2 full-term equivalent).
  • Teach and disseminate your research.
  • Participate in research exchange by working at another research institution, preferably abroad, for a few months.
  • Write scientific articles aimed at high-impact conferences and journals.
  • Write and defend your PhD thesis on the basis of your research project.

Who are we looking for?

To be eligible to apply for these positions, applicants need to have or be about to obtain either a BSc or an MSc degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related field. The successful candidates are expected to have a strong background and passionate interest in mathematics and theoretical computer science, as demonstrated by excellent grades in relevant courses, or by results at the Olympiads of Mathematics or Informatics, or by publications in relevant internationally recognized conferences or journals. Problem solving skills and creativity are a must. For candidates interested in applied research, strong programming skills are required.

 

Applicants need to be highly motivated for doctoral studies; should possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis, and also have good levels of communicative abilities and English language skills.

 

The working language of the group is English, and knowledge of English is also fully sufficient to navigate life in Denmark in general. It might also be worth mentioning that Denmark routinely scores at the absolute top in rankings of quality of life such as, e.g., the OECD Better Life Index http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org .

 

Principal supervisors will be one of the professors Mikkel Abrahamsen (miab@di.ku.dk, https://sites.google.com/view/mikkel-abrahamsen), Jakob Nordström (jn@di.ku.dk, http://www.jakobnordstrom.se/), or Rasmus Pagh (pagh@di.ku.dk, https://rasmuspagh.net/) at the Department of Computer Science (DIKU).

The PhD programme

Depending of your level of education, you can undertake the PhD programme as either:

Option A: three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme)if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Option B: An up to five year full-time study programme within the framework of the integrated MSc and PhD programme (the 3+5 scheme), if you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree – but you have an education equivalent to a Danish bachelors´s degree.

Option A: Getting into a position on the regular PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. computer science, mathematics, or a related field. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Option B: Getting into a position on the integrated MSc and PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the integrated MSc and PhD programme

If you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree, you might be qualified for the integrated MSc and PhD programme, if you have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish bachelor´s degree. Here you can find out, if that is relevant for you: General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.  

Terms of the integrated programme
To be eligible for the integrated scholarship, you are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in mathemacs or computer science.

Students on the integrated programme will enroll as PhD students simultaneously with completing their enrollment in this MSc degree programme.

The duration of the integrated programme is up to five years, and depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme, please see: www.science.ku.dk/phd, “Study Structures”.

Until you have obtained the MSc degree (when exactly two years of the full 3+5 programme remains), you will be paid through 48 PhD grant portions (totaling DKK 299,664) plus salary for work (teaching, supervision, etc.)  corresponding to a workload of at least 150 working hours per year (totaling DKK 110,331), i.e. a grand total of DKK 709,659 (approx. €95,256) . 

When you have obtained the MSc degree, you will transfer to the salary-earning part of the scholarship for a period of two years. At that point, the terms of employment and payment will be according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure. Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 31,809 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 763,430 (approx. €101,790).

Application and assessment procedure

Your application including all attachments must be in English and should be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. Brief statement as to why the applicant wishes to conduct doctoral studies, including a description of the applicant's qualifications and interests.
  3. Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc). , including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  4. Other information for consideration, e.g., BSc/MSc thesis or research publications.
  5. Name and address for three references who might be contacted later in the recruitment process (after retrieving an explicit consent from the applicant).

Application deadline:

The The deadline for applications is January 10, 2023, 23:59 GMT +1.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of the successful candidates will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

 

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

 

Questions

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact Mikkel Abrahamsen (miab@di.ku.dk), Jakob Nordström (jn@di.ku.dk), or Rasmus Pagh (pagh@di.ku.dk)

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the website https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Contact

Jakob Nordström
E-mail: jn@di.ku.dk

Contact

Mikkel Abrahamsen
E-mail: miab@di.ku.dk

Contact

Rasmus Pagh
E-mail: pagh@di.ku.dk

Info

Application deadline: 10-01-2023
Employment start: 01-09-2023
Department/Location: Department of Computer Science



14) PhD fellowship in Chemistry/ fluorescent organic nanoparticles

Department of Chemistry
Faculty of SCIENCE
University of Copenhagen

 

Fluorescence bioimaging plays an increasingly important role in revealing biological processes and medical diagnosis. Bright fluorescent markers will bring the application of fluorescence bioimaging to the next level. Take part in the exciting development of ultrabright full-organic fluorescent nanoparticles and apply them for targeted bioimaging.

The Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in Chemistry/fluorescent organic nanoparticles.

Start date is 1st April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Background
The research group of Assistant Professor Junsheng Chen at Nano-Science center and Department of Chemistry invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in development of fluorescent nanoparticles. The project is part of the research project “Subcellular multiplex imaging with ultrabright fluorescent nanoparticles”, start in January 2023, led by Assistant Professor Junsheng Chen, financed by Novo Nordisk Foundation.
The project
The project aims at developing biocompatible organic fluorescent nanoparticles for bioimaging. Recently, we have achieved a breakthrough by developing the brightest full-organic fluorescent nanoparticles based on a molecular self-assembly approach, called: SmallMolecule Ionic Isolation Lattices (SMILES).1 This gives us a unique opportunity to implement these bright nanoparticles for bioimaging. In this project, we will be working with the surface chemistry of the full-organic fluorescent nanoparticles. This includes: 1) developing and optimizing new SMILES nanoparticles with different emission colors across the whole visible spectral region and different fluorescent lifetime (nanosecond to microsecond); 2) developing new strategies to encapsulate the fluorescent nanoparticles that conjugate the nanoparticles’ surface with functional groups for targeting biomolecules (e.g. proteins, DNAs and RNAs): 3) using these ultra-bright nanoparticle with surface modification for bioimaging applications.

Our research project is highly interdisciplinary including collaborations with physicists, chemists, medical researchers, and biologists in the industry and at universities. Throughout the project, the candidate will be trained to be truly an interdisciplinary researcher in a creative and cross-disciplinary environment.

Whom are we looking for?
We are looking for a talented, highly motivated, and creative scientist who is interested in working with fluorescent nanoparticles for bioimaging.

The ideal candidate will have a strong material chemistry background, in particular fluorescent nanomaterials and bioconjugation chemistry are relevant topics. Experience relevant to the project topic and methods will be considered when selecting candidates. Relevant experience includes fluorescent dyes, bio-conjugation, fluorescence spectroscopy, DLS, TEM, organic nanoparticles, fluorescence bioimaging.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?
Light induced processes make the world bright and colorful. Furthermore, innovative ways of utilizing such processes have broad application possibilities in modern technology such as: bioimaging, solar cells, communication and photocatalysis.

Our group studies both the fundamental and applied aspects of the interactions between light and materials. In particular, we explore functions, underlying photophysics and photochemistry of fluorescent molecular materials and semiconductor nanomaterials.

We develop fluorescent materials and methods for bioimaging applications. We use femtosecond optical spectroscopy to reveal fundamental photophysical processes in these materials and provide a thorough understanding and guidance for developing new materials with improved performance. We carry our interdisciplinary research projects by collaborating with physicists, chemists, medical researchers, and biologists in the industry and at universities.

We offer a creative and exciting research atmosphere at the vibrant border between chemistry, physics and biomedicals. The PhD fellowship is given in accordance with Danish legislation and will typically run for 3 years. The salary is set accordingly to Danish Union Contracts which are quite competitive on an international scale.

Further information can be obtained via email to Assistant Professor Junsheng Chen: junsheng.chen@chem.ku.dk

Further information about the research group can be found at: https://chem.ku.dk/research_sections/nanochem/jc-group/

Further information about the Nano-Science Center can be found at: https://nano.ku.dk/ and Department of Chemistry at: https://chem.ku.dk/

Supervisors: Assistant Professor Junsheng Chen and Professor Bo W. Laursen, Nanochemistry Section, The Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen. E-mail: Junsheng.chen@chem.ku.dk

The PhD programme

three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme)if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. chemistry. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programme

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in fluorescent nanoparticles and bioimaging
  • Language skills

The successful candidates must have excellent English skills, both written and oral. The successful candidate must hold a Master’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, material chemistry, biophysics or related disciplines. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and research infrastructure.

Application and Assessment Procedure
Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. 

Please include:  

  1. Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  2. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position 
  3. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. 
  4. Publication list (if possible)
  5. Reference letters (if available)

Application deadline: 
The deadline for applications is 14th January 2023, 23:59 GMT+1.  

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process 
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment. 
The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above-mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/. 

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.
General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

APPLY NOW

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

References:

1.                        Chen, J.; Fateminia, S. M. A.; Kacenauskaite, L.; Baerentsen, N.; Gronfeldt Stenspil, S.; Bredehoeft, J.; Martinez, K. L.; Flood, A. H.; Laursen, B. W. Ultrabright Fluorescent Organic Nanoparticles Based on Small-Molecule Ionic Isolation Lattices. Angew. Chem., Int, Ed. Engl. 2021, 60 (17), 9450-9458.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Application deadline: 14-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Chemistry


15) 211-1318/22-2H PhD fellowship in quantitative imaging of GPCR signaling at the single level (stipend no 3/6)

PhD fellowship in quantitative imaging of GPCR signaling at the single level (stipend no 3/6)
Department of Chemistry
University of Copenhagen

Center for Medicinal Chemistry, University of Copenhagen offers six three-year PhD fellowships in medicinal chemistry commencing 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. Three of the PhD fellowships are announced at the Faculty of Health and Medicinal Sciences and three are announced at the Faculty of Science. Department of Chemistry. This call is for one of the positions at Department of Chemistry.

Our center and research
The Center for Medicinal Chemistry brings together scientists at UCPH in a dynamic, collaborative-oriented, integrated research and educational environment across the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, other academic institutions as well as the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

The Center promotes a working culture where the exploration of conceptual ideas goes hand-in-hand with innovation and attention to circularity and sustainability. In an international landscape, the Center pioneers new strategies and search for solutions to urgent medicinal chemistry challenges in society, and address fundamental questions with long-term perspectives. The Center works to strengthen the Medicon Valley region in an international setting.

PhD project: quantitative imaging of GPCR signaling at the single level
GPCRs are membrane proteins taking part in a myriad of physiological processes and are thus involved in numerous pathologies, which makes them the targets of about 36% of all FDA-approved drugs. The aim of this PhD project is to investigate the tissue specificity of GPCR pharmacology with a focus on GPCRs playing key roles in metabolism, which are the targets for treatments of metabolic disorders including type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity.

The project will be based on high-throughput processing of fluorescence images for the quantitative detection of multiple signaling pathways in single living cells. It will include imaging with state-of-the-art fluorescence microscopies, regular experiments (test of new ligands) in the group of Pr. Trond Ulven, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen as well as regular stays at the industrial partner’s laboratories throughout the thesis.

Supervisors: Associate Professor Karen Martinez, Department of Chemistry and Professor Trond Ulven, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology – University of Copenhagen. Senior scientist from the industrial partner.

Start
1 April 2023, or soon thereafter

Our group and research- and what do we offer?
We are a leading collaborative research team involving three groups experts in the field of GPCR biophysics and medicinal chemistry. The PhD thesis will be done in close collaboration with an industrial partner and co-supervised by:

- Associate Pr. K. L Martinez, expert in GPCR biophysics and assays for quantitative biology,  Department of Chemistry, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen.

- Pr. Trond Ulven, expert in medicinal chemistry and pharmacology of GPCRs, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a multi-disciplinary, dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include laboratories and all relevant equipment for imaging and data analysis.

Information about the Department can be found at https://chem.ku.dk/

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at the  Department of Chemistry are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points
  • Participating in active research environments, including taking active part in research- and educational organizational initiatives under Center for Medicinal Chemistry
  • A stay at another research environment
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching of undergraduate students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. cell biophysics, fluorescence imaging and GPCR signaling. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc). For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database

Other important criteria are:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry
  • Language skills

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and research infrastructure.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.
The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

The PhD fellowship is financed by the Center for Medicinal Chemistry, the Lundbeck Foundation.

Application procedure
Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below and must include the following documents in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used

4. Publication list (if possible)

5. Other information to consider: References and recommendations (if possible)

The deadline for applications is Sunday 15 January 2023, 23.59pm GMT+1

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held at the end of February 2023

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Questions
For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor Karen Martinez, e-mail:  martinez@chem.ku.dk, phone: +45 3532 0475

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit http://ism.ku.dk (International staff mobility) and https://www.workindenmark.dk

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Application deadline: 15-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Department/Location: Department of Chemistry



16) PhD fellowship in Experimental Quantum Optics

PhD Project in Atom Optics and Nanophotonics

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in experimental quantum optics to contribute to the development of a new platform for many-body physics studies and quantum simulation with atom arrays coupled to nanophotonic waveguides.

The project is part of the interdisciplinary consortium “Quantum for Life”, which is financed by the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF).

Start date is (expected to be) 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
The project will focus on experimental development of a new platform for quantum physics with cold atoms coupled to nano-scale dielectric structures. As this project is highly multidisciplinary, we expect that the PhD student will contribute to current research on single-atom transport and laser cooling, on characterization and design of nanophotonic structures as well as advanced numerical simulations.

An important goal will be to demonstrate strong atom-atom interactions mediated by light propagating in carefully engineered nano-scale dielectric waveguides.

Description of the scientific environment
Research will be carried out at QUANTOP – Center for Quantum Optics at the Niels Bohr Institute (Department of Physics) at the University of Copenhagen.

QUANTOP is a vibrant group of approximately 20 researchers and students working on quantum physics of atoms, light and mechanical objects with particular emphasis on interfacing disparate quantum systems with light. Generation of entangled states of light, atoms, material objects, and their use for quantum sensing, quantum communication and quantum simulations are the core activities of the group.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.  The NNF project takes place in a highly collaborative environment with regular interactions with theoretical physicists and quantum chemists.

Our research facilities include modern laboratories located on Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen ∅.

Principal supervisor is Professor Eugene S. Polzik, Niels Bohr Institute, E-mail: polzik@nbi.ku.dk.
Co-supervisors: Asst. Prof. Jean-Baptiste Béguin and Assoc. Prof. Jörg Helge Müller, Niels Bohr Institute.

The PhD programme
three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme)

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Your responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programme

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision and within a team
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project
  • Work for the department

We are looking for the following qualifications

  • Applicants should hold an MSc degree in physics with good results
  • Good English language skills
  • Relevant work experience in experimental atomic physics, quantum optics, and/or nanophotonics
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications (if any)
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in fundamental research and quantum technologies

Application and Assessment Procedure
Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  1. Cover letter of application (max. one page). This should include your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project. Please explicit state which PhD project you are applying for.
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV) including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science and Master of Science. Please also include transcripts of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  4. Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  5. (1-3) reference letters  (if any)

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is January 16, 2023, 23:59 GMT .+1 h

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the above mentioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 5 and 6.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Application deadline: 16-01-2023
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet




17) PhD fellowship in cellular and molecular signatures for forensic age assessment of granulations tissue

We are offering a PhD fellowship in discovering cellular and molecular signatures for forensic age assessment of granulation tissue commencing 1 April 2023, or as soon as possible hereafter.

Our group and research
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences provides skilled candidates and creates new knowledge in food safety, antibiotic resistance, animal models and welfare, immune system, and lifestyle diseases. The department covers a wide spectrum of animal and human disease biology in close collaboration with other departments at the University of Copenhagen.

The research group of veterinary pathology and anatomy is part of the section of Pathobiology its activities focus on the development of models for human and veterinary diseases in mammals together with the development of new diagnostic methods. This includes animal infectious diseases and welfare related lesions as well as laboratory related aspects.

Project description

The PhD fellowship is part of the research project Forensic age assessment of porcine granulation tissue funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Granulation tissue (tissue formed when wounds heal) is of decisive importance when assessing the age of the wound. However, the age assessment of granulation tissue formation both at the time of initiation and later is based on incomplete scientific evidence. The overall goal is to apply cutting-edge technologies to develop new and objective methods to obtain accurate age assessment of granulation tissue in forensic assessments. The PhD fellowship will be focused on discovering molecular signatures for age assessment of granulation tissue using mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) to measure proteins and mRNA biomarkers in granulation tissue.

MSI: Our aim is to investigate how the age of granulation tissue and the spatial location in the granulation tissue affects the expression of metabolites in the tissue. MSI will be performed up to the single cell level on fresh frozen granulation tissue. The molecular information will be overlayed with the immunostaining of stem cells to investigate the correlating cellular changes over time. The work will be carried out in collaboration with Assistant professor Eva Cuypers and Professor Ron Heeren at M4i Division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry, Maastricht University which is one of the world leaders in high-resolution molecular imaging of biological surfaces. The PhD-student is expected to stay at M4I for a period of 2 months.

qPCR: Targeted expression of hundreds of genes involved in inflammation, repair and tissue modelling will be measured in granulation tissue by low-cost microfluidic high throughput, real time qPCR. The work will be carried out at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in collaboration with senior researcher Kerstin Skovgaard. The PhD-student is expected to stay at DTU for a period of 2 months.

Depending on the qualifications of the applicant immunohistochemical and FACS analysis of stem cells in granulation tissue may also be part of the PhD project.

Principal supervisor is Kristiane BaringtonDepartment of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, krisb@sund.ku.dkDirect Phone +4535333112

Start:                 1 April 2023

Duration:          3 years as a PhD student

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision.
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points.
  • Participating in active research environments including a stay at another research team.
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching and disseminating your knowledge.
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g., MSc degree in molecular biology. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years). In considering applications for the PhD fellowship, the main emphasis will be on the applicant's laboratory skills and interest in wound healing. Experience performing mass spectrometry imaging and qPCR is an advantage but not a requirement.

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in wound healing.
  • Language skills

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories with access to state-of-the art equipment to successfully complete the PhD tasks.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years. The start date is 1 April 2023, or as soon as possible hereafter.

The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 27,800 DKK/Roughly 3,700 EUR (October 2021 level) plus pension.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline: Sunday 22 January 2023, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You find information about the recruitment process at: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

The applicants will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in week 7 and 8

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Contact

Kristiane Barington

Info

Application deadline: 22-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences




18) 211-1309/22-2H PhD fellowship in Machine Learning for Biology

PhD fellowship in Machine Learning for Biology
PhD Project in Protein Representation Learning
Department of Computer Science
Faculty of SCIENCE
University of Copenhagen

The department of Computer Science, Machine Learning section invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in Protein Representation Learning. The project is part of the Center for Basic Machine Learning in Life Science financed by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Start date is expected to be 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
We increasingly rely on learned representations to reason about proteins. Large pre-trained language models make it possible to encode raw protein sequences into abstract embeddings, and many classic Bioinformatics tools from the last decades are now being redesigned to work with such embeddings, often resulting in substantial performance gains. Protein structural data has also become much more readily available in the last years, due to advances in protein structure prediction, and embedding models conditioned on protein structure input are now also becoming available.

One issue that is still under-explored is representation learning and generative modelling of protein structure and sequence jointly. In particular for protein engineering, where we wish to understand the structural consequences of amino acid substitutions, this is an important open problem. The goal of the PhD project is to develop new strategies to address this problem. The project will explore techniques to generatively model protein structure, e.g. point-cloud, graph-based, voxel-based representations, and include considerations about rotational invariance/equivariance and other geometric constraints. Particular emphasis will be put on modelling the changes of structural topology induced by mutations (changes in the number of side chain atoms), and the corresponding change of protein structure (thermal fluctuations and larger conformational changes). Finally, the project will explore whether the representations extracted from such generative models can form the basis for more efficient (and interpratable) protein optimization procedures.

Who are we looking for?
The applicant should have a solid background in Machine Learning/Statistics, and is expected to have significant prior experience with programming (preferably Python). Applicants should hold a MSc degree in computer science, bioinformatics, statistics, physics, chemistry or a closely related field, or be in the final stages of acquiring such a degree.  Candidates must have good interpersonal and communication skills. The group is international and fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?
The research will be conducted in the BioML group, which works on Machine Learning methods for solving biological problems - with particular focus on generative models for protein sequence and structure. It is headed by Wouter Boomsma and currently holds 6 PhD students and one postdoc, with backgrounds ranging from machine learning/statistics to biochemistry. The group is part of the Machine Learning Section at the Department of Computer Science, which provides a strong, international environment for research within Machine Learning and Information Retrieval, located centrally in Copenhagen. The BioML group is part of the Center for Basic Machine Learning in Life Science, and the PhD student employed by this call would interact regularly with the other PhD students in this Center. For details about the group, see https://ku-bioml.github.io.

Principal supervisor is Professor Wouter Boomsma, Department of Computer Science, wb@di.ku.dk.

The PhD programme
Depending of your level of education, you can undertake the PhD programme as either:

Option A: three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme)if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Option B: An up to five year full-time study programme within the framework of the integrated MSc and PhD programme (the 3+5 scheme), if you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree – but you have an education equivalent to a Danish bachelors´s degree.

Option A: Getting into a position on the regular PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. computer science. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Option B: Getting into a position on the integrated MSc and PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the integrated MSc and PhD programme

If you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree, you might be qualified for the integrated MSc and PhD programme, if you have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish bachelor´s degree. Here you can find out, if that is relevant for you: General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.  

Terms of the integrated programme
To be eligible for the integrated scholarship, you are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in computer science.

Students on the integrated programme will enroll as PhD students simultaneously with completing their enrollment in this MSc degree programme.

The duration of the integrated programme is up to five years, and depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme, please see: www.science.ku.dk/phd, “Study Structures”.

Until the MSc degree is obtained, (when exactly two years of the full 3+5 programme remains), the grant will be paid partly in the form of 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: “SU-klip”) plus salary for work (teaching, supervision etc.) totalling a workload of at least 150 working hours per year.
A PhD grant portion is DKK 6,243.

When you have obtained the MSc degree, you will transfer to the salary-earning part of the scholarship for a period of two years. At that point, the terms of employment and payment will be according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in both PhD programmes

  • Complete and pass the MSc education in accordance with the curriculum of the MSc programme

 (ONLY when you are attending the integrated MSc and PhD programme)

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision

  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

 

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in machine learning
  • Good language skills

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Application and Assessment Procedure
 Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  4. Publication list (if possible)
  5. Reference letters

Application deadline:
The deadline for applications is 22 January 2022, 23:59 GMT +1.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held mid- February 2023.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Info

Application deadline: 22-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Department/Location: Department of Computer Science



19) PhD fellowship in using embryonic stem cells to produce skeletal muscle for the purpose of producing clean meat

We are offering a PhD fellowship in pluripotent stem cell biology commencing April 1, 2022 or as soon as possible hereafter.

 

Our group and research
The Group for Brain Development and Disease is an inclusive and diverse research group that is composed of local and international researchers of varying age and background. The group collaborates with leading experts in a variety of different fields (bioinformaticians, neuroanatomists, developmental biologists, nanoengineers and imaging experts) both nationally and internationally. It is expected that all group members thrive on achieving excellence, are an active team member and respect their peers and colleagues, irrespective of their gender or background. The group leader is also director of a non-profit organization that addresses gender inequality issues in academia, and this is high on the priority list for her own research group. The group’s values include, providing positive feedback, rewarding excellence, envision BIG if starting small, being passionate about research, that growth and learning is in our DNA and that it’s all about the people. The research group was established in 2017 and has over the last years focused on using stem cells to model cell types in the brain and in categorizing the developing entorhinal cortex using single cell RNA sequencing, bioinformatics, MRI, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, and immunohistochemistry technologies. The major recent discoveries from the group include, discovering the genotypes of several cells within the entorhinal cortex and determining that the entorhinal cortex forms in a parallel pattern atypical of the inside out typical formation of the rest of the neocortex. The group also recently published a protocol for producing an entorhinal neuron cell type from human induced pluripotent stem cells using a genetic overexpression approach. A new project is also underway in the group which involves the development of a novel multiomic technology bridging spatial transcriptomics with multielectrode arrays for the neuroscience and cardiovascular fields.  For more info see the group’s research page: https://ivh.ku.dk/english/research/pathobiological-sciences/brain-development-and-disease/

 

Project description

This project is a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary project with collaborating groups located in Denmark, at DTU, headed by Johan Lind and internationally, with a company in California, US. The purpose of this project is to develop novel protocols for producing clean meat. Clean meat is considered a sustainable alternative for producing meat in the future that overcomes the ethical issues of slaughtering animals and which is more climate friendly than current meat production. Your tasks will be to isolate and characterize bovine embryonic stem cell lines from bovine pre-implantation embryos. You will develop and optimize protocols for differentiating these stem cells into skeletal muscle cell types and evaluate the end cell types for cell type authenticity. This will include producing and incorporating bioengineered scaffolds in collaboration together with a research group at DTU to facilitate cell differentiation. You will also develop new media formulations for culturing the stem cells and muscle cells that incorporate waste products and that are more cost-effective than current commercial products. You will be expected to write high quality manuscripts suitable for publishing in excellent journals. In this project we expect you to travel to the US for one month, to work with our collaborator on learning how to produce protein from animal waste which will be tested in deriving new media formulations. You will be expected to spend some months with collaborator Johan Lind’s group at DTU to produce, test and incorporate bioengineered scaffolds during the PhD. We strive for excellence, a team-player attitude, a thirst for learning and discovering and a passion for research.

 

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor, Vanessa HallDepartment of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, vh@sund.ku.dkDirect Phone: 35332512.

Start:                  Date

Duration:          3 years as a PhD student

 

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teach and disseminate your knowledge
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

 

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project e.g., Biology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biomedicine, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Food Innovation and Health, Human Nutrition.

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in Food Science or Stem Cell Biology
  • Excellent language and communication skills
  • Commitment and drive for performing academic research

 

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories, GMO Class 1 and 2 cell labs, bacterial and molecular labs, a confocal microscope and electrophysiology equipment for patch clamping, 10x chromium controller for single cell RNA sequencing.

 

Terms of employment
The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

 

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the faculty’s rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 26.755 DKK /approx. 3.567 EUR (April 2018-level) plus pension.

 

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

 

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

4. Publication list (if possible)

 

Application deadline:  24 January 2023, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

 

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

 

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

 

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

 

Interviews are expected to be held in late February

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Info

Application deadline: 24-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences




20 PhD position at NNF Center for Protein Research

A highly attractive PhD position is available in the Choudhary group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR – www.cpr.ku.dk), University of Copenhagen. Commencing on 15 March 2023 or after agreement.

About the groups
The Choudhary lab is technically and internationally diverse and embedded in an excellent environment that supports high-quality research and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. The Choudhary lab conducts experimental and computational research using interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art technologies, including quantitative proteomics, next-generation nucleic acid sequencing, advanced microscopy, CRISPR-based genome editing, and bioinformatics. The lab uses diverse cell models, including embryonic stem cells and their differentiated derivatives.

The Choudhary lab shares the laboratory space with the group of Prof. Matthias Mann and works closely with his group. The group extensively collaborates with top-level international researchers, routinely publishes in top-ranked journals, and has an outstanding track record in training the next generation of researchers. The major publications from the groups include Narita et al. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.07.18.500456v2, Narita et al. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.07.18.500459v2, Narita et al., Mol Cell. 2021, Narita et al. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 2019; Weinert and Narita et al., Cell 2018; Gupta et al., Cell 2018; Scholz et al., Nat Biotech 2015; Weinert et al., Mol Cell 2013; Povlsen and Beli et al., Nat Cell Biol 2012; and Beli et al. Mol Cell 2012.

We are now looking for an enthusiastic PhD student to join our team.

Project description
Our group works in the broad area of proteomics, genomics, and cell signaling. In the envisioned projects, we aim to use quantitative proteomics to further uncover the proteome-wide scope, dynamics, and enzymatic regulation of lysine acetylation and ubiquitylation. We are also interested in combining CRISPR-based genome editing with NGS-based approaches (i.e. RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq) and cell biological approaches to uncover new regulatory pathways and decipher underlying mechanisms.

We are looking for a PhD student with experience in the wet laboratory, or bioinformatics.

The candidate with lab laboratory experience will either work in the area of proteomics and investigate the regulation of protein posttranslational modifications and protein-protein interactions, using quantitative mass spectrometry. Or the candidate will use cultured mammalian cells, CRISPR, and apply NGS-based genomic technologies or proteomics technologies to generate large-scale datasets and to understand the epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation. Candidate with bioinformatics will analyze in-house generated next-generation sequencing data, including ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, Nascent-seq, and ATAC-seq, to understand the mechanisms of gene transcription regulation. The candidates with experience in both wet lab and bioinformatics will be able to do both (i.e. work in the wet lab and perform bioinformatics analyses). If you would like to know more about the project(s), please contact us!

Qualifications
The candidate should have demonstrated excellent scientific productivity, evidenced by high-quality research publications, be able to conduct independent and creative research, and show good interpersonal and communication skills.

  • The candidate is required to have a level of education corresponding to a Danish Master’s Degree in natural or medical science (two years)
  • Prior experience in one or more of the following areas will be considered advantageous:
  1. Experience in molecular biology techniques, including proficient use of CRISPR-based genome editing
  2. Prior experience in the area of epigenetics, and gene transcription regulation.
  3. Hands-on experience in generating datasets for ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, ATAC-seq
  4. Hands-on experience in quantitative mass spectrometry for analyzing proteins, their modifications, and protein-protein interactions
  5. Hands-on experience in bioinformatic analyzing next-generation sequencing datasets, such as ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, ATAC-seq
  6. Experience in computer programming languages, such as R, Python
  7. Strong background in the statistical analysis of large-scale data
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.
  • An analytical aptitude for devising innovative scientific or technical solutions.

For further information, please contact Professor Chuna Ram Choudhary, email: chuna.choudhary@cpr.ku.dk.

Place of employment and work
The employment is at CPR (www.cpr.ku.dk), University of Copenhagen, located in central Copenhagen. In the past 10 years, CPR has established itself as a top-level research institute in protein signaling and network biology research. The research environment at CPR is ambitious and international, with approx. 30 different nationalities are currently represented. The Center comprises modern laboratories, supercomputer resources, and state-of-the-art research facilities. Seminars with high-profile international speakers and regular internal research seminars are organized at the Center. Denmark is often ranked as the happiest nation and Copenhagen is consistently ranked as one of the best cities for living. For more information on working and living in Denmark visit www.ism.ku.dk  (International staff mobility) and www.workingconditions.ku.dk.

Terms of salary and employment
The duration of the full-time position is 4 years (1-year as a Research Assistant + 3 years as a PhD Fellow). The employment as a PhD student is conditioned upon a positive assessment of the candidate’s research performance and a successful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant before the PhD period can be initiated.  

Tentative start date: 15 March 2023 or after agreement. The start date can be negotiated.

Salary, pension, and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central organization. Currently, the monthly salary is approx. 30,562 DKK / 4,100 EUR (October 2022 level), plus 17.1 % in pension contribution.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for all international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, where the pension will be paid as salary.

Application procedure
Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below and must include the following documents all in PDF format:

1. Cover letter

2. Curriculum vitae, incl. educational qualifications, experience, and a list of publications

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used.

4. Names and contact details for 2-3 referees

The deadline for applications: 25 January 2023, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the application deadline, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

You can read about the recruitment process at www.employment.ku.dk . 

For further information about the position or the process or if you experience any technical difficulty with the online submission system, please contact SUND HR: sund-hr-cpr@sund.ku.dk

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/.

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit http://ism.ku.dk (International staff mobility) and https://www.workindenmark.dk/.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Contact

Chuna Ram Choudhary

Info

Application deadline: 25-01-2023
Employment start: 15-03-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein


21) PhD fellowship in Experimental Quantum Matter

Center for Quantum Devices, Niels Bohr Institute
Faculty of SCIENCE

University of Copenhagen


The Center for Quantum Devices at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen invites applicants for a PhD fellowship to investigate hybrid material systems for developing artificial quantum matter.

The expected start date is 1 April 2022 or by agreement.

The project

The work is at the interface between condensed matter device physics and designed quantum matter with prospects in quantum simulations. It takes advantage of novel epitaxial semiconducting-superconducting-ferromagnetic hybrid materials based on 2-dimensional electron gas. The project combines nanofabrication, low-temperature physics using a cryofree dilution refrigerator, low-noise and high-frequency electrical measurement techniques, data analysis, interaction with theoretical physicists, and scientific writing in English.

Who are we looking for?

Applicants should hold a master’s or an equivalent degree in Physics or Applied Physics with relevant experimental experience, ideally including published research.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?

The Center for Quantum Devices is a research center comprising materials research, experimental solid-state physics, quantum nanoelectronics, and condensed matter theory. The Center provides a vibrant scientific environment with cutting-edge research performed across many different groups spread across condensed matter and superconducting qubit experiments with close interactions with theorists as well as possible collaborations with industry. 

Our center is a part of Condensed Matter Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen and offer creative, stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment.

University and the Center for Quantum Devices wish our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further information about QDev can be found at www.qdev.dk.

Inquiries about the position can be made to Assistant Professor Saulius Vaitiekėnas (saulius@nbi.ku.dk) and Professor Charles M. Marcus (marcus@nbi.ku.dk).

The PhD programme

Depending of your level of education, you can undertake the PhD programme as either:

Option A: three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme)if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Option B: An up to five year full-time study programme within the framework of the integrated MSc and PhD programme (the 3+5 scheme), if you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree – but you have an education equivalent to a Danish bachelors´s degree.

Option A: Getting into a position on the regular PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. physics  or  applied  physics. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Option B: Getting into a position on the integrated MSc and PhD programme

Qualifications needed for the integrated MSc and PhD programme

If you do not have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master´s degree, you might be qualified for the integrated MSc and PhD programme, if you have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish bachelor´s degree. Here you can find out, if that is relevant for you: General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.  

Terms of the integrated programme
To be eligible for the integrated scholarship, you are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in physics.

Students on the integrated programme will enroll as PhD students simultaneously with completing their enrollment in this MSc degree programme.

The duration of the integrated programme is up to five years, and depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme, please see: www.science.ku.dk/phd, “Study Structures”.

Until the MSc degree is obtained, (when exactly two years of the full 3+5 programme remains), the grant will be paid partly in the form of 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: “SU-klip”) plus salary for work (teaching, supervision etc.) totalling a workload of at least 150 working hours per year.
A PhD grant portion is DKK 6,243.


When you have obtained the MSc degree, you will transfer to the salary-earning part of the scholarship for a period of two years. At that point, the terms of employment and payment will be according to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in both PhD programmes

  • Complete and pass the MSc education in accordance with the curriculum of the MSc programme

 (ONLY when you are attending the integrated MSc and PhD programme)

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

 

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in physics
  • Good language skills

 

Application and Assessment Procedure

 Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project
  3. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  4. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  5. Publication list (if available)
  6. Reference letters (if available)

Application deadline:

The deadline for applications is Sunday 29 January 2023, 23:59 GMT +1

 

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Application deadline: 29-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet



22) The Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen hereby announces a number of fully funded PhD positions to commence in September 2023.

Founded in 1479 as one of the four original faculties of the University of Copenhagen, the Faculty of Law boasts a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degree programmes in law. Through research-based education the Faculty ensures that law graduates acquire the necessary skills to succeed in their legal careers in the private or public sector both at home and abroad. With 5000 undergraduate and graduate students, over 60 PhD fellows, and an academic staff of more than 80 members, the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen is a vibrant, diverse and intellectually stimulating academic environment.  

The PhD Programme   
The goal of the PhD Programme is threefold: to prepare candidates for a continuing career in teaching and research; to educate a new generation of scholars to produce high-quality independent research; and to equip them with the analytical and problem-solving skills required for a successful career in both the public and private sectors. 

  

The Faculty of Law offers supervision by highly qualified academics and provides an excellent opportunity to research contemporary legal issues in an intellectually stimulating environment. 

At present, the Faculty of Law is particularly interested in proposals for PhD projects falling within the following fields of research:

  • Private law
  • Tax law
  • Social welfare law
  • Criminal Law, especially concerning the criminal liability of children and young people as well as cases concerning the environment
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Constitutional law, including EU constitutional law
  • International law
  • International and regional human rights
  • International dispute resolution

Successful PhD candidates are required to:  

  • Actively engage in the research environment at the University of Copenhagen; participate in international conferences, courses and meetings relevant to their research project; 
  • Comply with the formal requirements of the PhD programme;
  • Contribute to teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Danish or English offered by the Faculty of Law 
  • Conduct independent and high quality research under the supervision of a senior member of academic staff at the Faculty.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must have obtained a degree that corresponds to the Danish Master of Laws degree which is a second cycle 120 ECTS degree (two years of full-time studies), that builds on a 180 ECTS bachelor’s degree (three years of full-time studies) or equivalent qualifications. Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree.
  • Applicants must have obtained a minimum overall grade average of 8.2 or above at the Master’s level in accordance with the Danish grading scale (for Danish scale, see here) as well as a master’s thesis graded at 10 or higher (or equivalent for applicants with a foreign educational background).
  • Applicants may submit their application before they have completed their Master’s Degree. The Master’s degree must be obtained before the start date.
  • Applicants must document an aptitude for research through the meritorious assessment of their final thesis, publications or academic recommendations in order to show that they are capable of undertaking the demanding task of writing a PhD thesis. 
  • Applicants must have excellent language skills in English and have excellent communications skills. Applicants must be able to teach at an academic level in Danish or English and to follow PhD courses in English. Documentation of English level can for instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test. More information is available here: https://jura.ku.dk/phd/english/applicants/language-requirements/  

Application procedure 
Click ’Apply now’ below to be taken to the online application form.  

We advise you to have the following documents ready before you begin your online application:  

  • Research project proposal: This should include the following: (1) objective(s) of the research, (2) major research questions, (3) review of relevant literature, (4) methodology to be applied in the research, and (5) a timetable that plans for all course requirements to have been met within three years. The project description must elaborate on the value of the proposed research project in terms of its relevance to existing and future research in the field. It is recommended that the project proposal does not exceed 6 A4 pages (excluding bibliography). The document must be in Times New Roman, font size 12, spacing 1.5 with all margins (right, left, top and bottom) set to 2 cm
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages). 
  • Diplomas and transcripts. Certified copies of original diploma(s) and transcripts (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree) in the original language and an authorized English translation if they are issued in other language than English or Danish. 
  • Grading scale. A certified explanation of grading scale in the original language and an authorized English translation if it is available in other language than English or Danish. 
  • Supervisor. The name of a member of academic staff whom you wish to have assigned as your supervisor. You do not need to contact the supervisor but simply make a request in your application. 
  • Letter of motivation.  Explaining the choice of the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen as a host institution for the proposed project and outlines how the project fits within the research priorities at the Faculty (maximum 1 page). 
  • Documentation of English level. Documentation of English level can for instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test.   

Submit your application electronically in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.   

University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and therefore encourages all interested parties regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

The recruitment process 
Following the application deadline the Associate Dean of Research will pre-select PhD applications that will proceed to the assessment stage upon the recommendation of the Appointment Committee. Applicants are pre-selected for further assessment in line with the Faculty’s recruitment needs as described in this job advertisement. This is carried out based on the overall assessment of the applicant’s educational qualifications, the quality of the submitted research proposal and its relevance to the Faculty’s research agenda, and other relevant qualifications (e.g. relevant professional experience, any previous academic publications etc.). 

All applicants are then notified by the HR Centre as to whether their application has proceeded to the assessment stage. This assessment is carried out by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants will be notified of the composition of the assessment committee. When the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the assessment.
A number of qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. 

Terms of employment
Successful candidates will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance concerning the salary of PhD students. If you are offered a PhD position, you will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish law and you will be entitled to an annual research budget. The salary range starts at DKK 28.448,54 per month before taxes. The Faculty does not provide accommodation. 
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. 

If you are offered the position a certificate of criminal record must be submitted.

General information about the PhD programme and the requirements can be found here: https://jura.ku.dk/phd/english/applicants/

Further information about the application procedure is available from Mette Overgaard, HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number 211-1284/22-2H #1.

Closing date for applications 
The closing date for applications is 30 January 2023, 23:59 CET.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. If all the required documents are not applied, your application will be rejected. 

Interviews are expected to take place in late April or early May. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Application deadline: 30-01-2023
Employment start: 01-09-2023
Department/Location: The Faculty of Law



23) PhD fellowship in computational CRISPR guide RNA design

A PhD fellowship is available in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics research group (https://ivh.ku.dk/bioinformatics), Center for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health (RTH), (http://rth.dk) at Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (https://ivh.ku.dk/english), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen. The CRISPR field is developing rapidly and is continuously providing novel technological possibilities by several types of applications including gene editing and gene surgery. A key challenge is to pick the most efficient on-target guide RNA (gRNA) among several possible ones in a specific target region while taking the possible off-targets, i.e., unintended edits elsewhere in the genome, into account. This PhD project aims to make computational methods for on-target gRNA design while taking the off-target potential into account. The position is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Start date is April 15, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Bioinformatics group and research
The Computational Biology and Bioinformatics research group holds a long-standing interest in Computational RNA biology and transcriptomics but works in general on many different topics covering computational, algorithmic and biological aspects. Over the recent years CRISPR bioinformatics has evolved from the group’s interest in RNA-RNA interactions through gRNA-DNA interactions. The group is located on Frederiksberg Campus. Our research environment is highly international and stimulating. We are involved in organizing seminars, workshops, summer schools with international speakers and have retreats with our international collaborators.

Project description
The PhD project is focused on designing computational methods for gRNA design while taking the off-target landscape, developed by others in the group, into account. The PhD project will take outset in the in-house deep learning (DL) model, CRISPRon, to be applied on data generated by project collaborator Prof Yonglun Luo. The initial model will encode both on- and off-target data (as ranked by our CRISPRoff method) to predict gRNA efficiency while also being used for model-driven data generation of novel gRNA efficiency data by collaborator. The downstream computational models will explore machine and deep learning techniques for further enhancement, and they will subsequently be used to make a multiplex version to simultaneously target multiple genes taking their genetic interactions into account in collaboration with a project collaborator Prof Lars Juhl Jensen. Throughout the project, methodological advances will be incorporated in the available CRISPR design web interface.

Principal supervisor is Professor, Jan Gorodkin, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Phone: +45 23375667, Email: gorodkin@sund.ku.dk

Start:                 April 15, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Duration:          3 years as a PhD student + 3 months as Research Assistant prior to PhD enrolment

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision, with content as outlined above in the project description.
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points. 
  • Participating in active research environments including a stay at another research team.
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching and disseminating your knowledge.
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants                         
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project such as Bioinformatics, Computer Science or similar areas. Most importantly that you meet the technical requirements in bullet #2 below. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years).

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project. This include (but not limited to):
    For the following criteria the level has to be at level where you are able to work independently:
    • A solid knowledge of Machine and Deep learning algorithms
    • Python (or Perl) and knowledge of C/C++, shell scripting and Unix/Linux operating system
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Demonstrate that you can work independently while keeping the team up to date
  • Pro-active in the project and its planning
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics group, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The work environment in the lab is highly dynamic and international with good synergy among the different research projects. The group has access to all the necessary computational infrastructure and high-performance computing needed for the project.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years. The start date is April 15, 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The employment is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant during an initial three-month employment as a research assistant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree.

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 28,400 DKK/Roughly 3,800 EUR (October 2022 level) plus pension.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD studies at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/find-assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline:  January 31, 2023, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You find information about the recruitment process at: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

The applicants will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held from January 4 and the following week.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Contact

Jan Gorodkin

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Application deadline: 31-01-2023
Employment start: 15-04-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Veterinær- og Husdyrvidenskab




24) PhD Scholarship in Social Data Science

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a PhD candidate in the area of Social Data Science, broadly defined. The PhD candidate will be a part of the research project GENDERED (Gendered Democratic Participation on Social Media). The project aims to 1) map gender inequalities in democratic participation on social media, 2) investigate mechanisms that produce democratic inequalities and 3) develop computer assisted text methods to investigate gender processes in online interactions. 

The PhD will work on a large Danish social media dataset containing a near exhaustive sample of public interaction from 2010 – 2018. A central focus of the PhD will be to use and develop computational text analysis techniques (machine learning, natural language processing) to address questions in the intersection of gender studies, sociology, and political science. This will involve a mixed methods research strategy where computational methods are used to assist the qualitative analysis of social media communication.

Applicants can have a background either in a social science discipline (e.g., anthropology, economics, sociology, political science, psychology) or in (social) data science. We are looking for the most talented candidates who ideally bring some knowledge and experience in the content areas, in the methods, or both.

The deadline for applying is 31 January 2023.

The preferred starting date is 1 April 2023, but an earlier or later starting date might also be possible.

What do we offer?
The PhD will become a part of the GENEDERED research team which consists of top researchers within political science, sociology, social data science, and computer science. This team of researchers will also be the ones providing support, feedback, and supervision.

The PhD scholarship will be hosted at the Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science (SODAS, https://sodas.ku.dk/), University of Copenhagen, Denmark). SODAS offer a lively research environment and host several researchers who have expertise in various social science areas and computational/data science methods.

We offer a competitive, fully funded PhD position for 3 years. The PhD candidate will be based in Copenhagen. 

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

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.

Application
Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 31 January 2023 through the electronic application system.

Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply. The documents must be in PDF or Word.

Applications should include the following enclosures:

·  Cover/motivation letter (max. 2 pages)

·  Diplomas and transcripts of grades (if applicable)

·  Bachelor and Master theses (if applicable)

·  Proposal for a PhD research project in the area of social data science (1,500-2,000 words, excluding references) including the main objectives, data to be collected/analysed, and methods used for analyses. All within the overall focus of the GENDERED research project.

· CV

Please note that applications or material received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.

·  To be awarded a PhD scholarship, the applicant has to enrol as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.

·  Please note that normally there is strong competition for these scholarships, and only a few applicants will be shortlisted.

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: 

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

Shortlisted 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 themselves. You can read about the recruitment process

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 https://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: https://ism.ku.dk/

Contact information
Further information about the position and the GENDERED project can be obtained from the project PI Hjalmar Bang Carlsen (hc@sodas.ku.dk).

For information about the recruitment process please contact Dorthea Andersen at HR South and City Campuses (hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk).

For further information on the PhD programme, please contact the Head of the PhD programme at SODAS: Professor Ingo Zettler (ingo.zettler@psy.ku.dk)

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Application deadline: 31-01-2023
Employment start: 01-04-2023
Department/Location: Center for Social Data Sciene (SODAS)



25) PhD fellowship in Bacteriophage-Pathogen Interactions

PhD Project in Bacteriophage-based pathogen control in aquaculture

Department of Biology
Faculty of SCIENCE

University of Copenhagen

 

Department of Biology, Marine Biological Section invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in bacteriophage-pathogen interactions and the potential of using phages to control fish pathogenic bacteria in the production of fish in aquaculture. The project is part of the research project “Cure4Aqua”, which is a Horizon Europe project financed by the EU.

Start date is 1 May 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project

Diseases at the larval and fry stages constitute a major bottleneck and cause economic losses to the aquaculture industry, a problem that has increased dramatically with the intensification of aquaculture production. The project focuses on the important fish pathogens, Flavobacterium psychrophilum and a group of marine Vibrio pathogens, which are causing diseases in Rainow trout and European Sea Bass, respectively. Vaccines are not effective at the larval and fry stages, and antibiotics are needed to control these pathogens. Antibiotic treatment is associated with serious concerns about the development of bacterial antibiotic resistance and its potential transfer to human pathogenic bacteria. In this project we aim at developing alternative environment-friendly approaches based on natural microbial warfare, using bacteriophages (phages).

The PhD project will focus on key elements of phage-based applications in these specific groups of pathogens, including 1) phage-pathogen interactions and diversity, 2) mechanisms and implications of phage resistance, 3) phage production, stability and delivery, 5) phage efficiency in reducing pathogen load and fish mortality. This includes isolation and characterization of broad host-range phages from aquaculture environments, investigations of genomics, evolution, host range and lytic potential of the isolated phages, and optimization of phage production and delivery. Further, phages will be applied to live feed and fish fry in both lab- and farm-scale experiments with Rainbow trout and  Sea bass. The work will entail a combination of microbiological analyses (phage Isolation, and cutting-edge molecular and bioinformatic approaches (e.g. Real-Time PCR, genomic sequencing, microbiome analysis), in association with laboratory experiments.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious candidate within the fields of microbiology/molecular biology/aquatic biology and a strong interest in bacteriophage biology and phage-host interactions. Documented knowledge and experience on bacteriophage biology, use of phage in pathogen control and bioinformatics is an advantage. The position is open to both Danish and international applicants, and good English language skills will be required. The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?

The successful candidate will become an integrated part of the research group of Professor Mathias Middelboe. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment, with recently renovated labotratory facilities and state of the art equipment for phage research.The group works with many aspects of marine microbial ecology, including deep sea microbiology and phage therapy, and bacteriophage genomics, ecology and potential use in disease control are key research areas in the group. We have long-term experience with phage-pathogen research, primarily focusing on phage-host interactions in Flavobateria and Vibrio pathogens. The project is therefore a continuation of previous projects on the topic. The Cure4Aqua project is carried out as a collaboration between >25 partner institutions, and part of PhD work will be in collaboration with Swansea University, UK, The Hellenic Center For Marine Research, Greece and the Danish Technical University, and in close collaboration with other Cure4Aqua PhD students and post docs from these institutions. The project will be carried out at the Middelboe Lab at Marine Biological Section, located in Helsingør, 45 km north of Copenhagen. However, research visits and experimental work at partner institutions are also part of the PhD program The section is part of the Department of Biology, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen.

Principal supervisor is Professor Mathias Middelboe, Marine Biological Section, Department of Biology. E-mail: mmiddelboe@bio.ku.dk. Phone: (+45 41178798).

The PhD programme

The position is a three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.Option A: three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme)if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. aquatic microbiology, phage biology. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programme

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

 

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in microbiology and bacteriophages
  • Good language skills

 

Application and Assessment Procedure

 Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline:

The deadline for applications is 1 February 2023, 23:59 GMT +1.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

 

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in weeks 7 and 8.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Contact

Mathias Middelboe

Info

Application deadline: 01-02-2023
Employment start: 01-05-2023
Department/Location: Department of Biology


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