PhD Fellowship at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

University of Copenhagen


September 05, 2018


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PhD fellowship on platelet and myocardial function in a novel porcine model of hypoglycaemia at the LIFEPHARM Centre

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD fellowship for 3 years commencing on November 1, 2018 or soon thereafter.  
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and Novo Nordisk A/S established a research centre in 2010 - The LIFEPHARM Centre ( - with a budget of DKK 140 million covering activities until the end of 2020.   
The present position is part of the Centre's activities. The purpose of the research centre is to strengthen the research in experimental pharmacology and toxicology and to increase the output of candidates and PhDs with a strong in vivo pharmacological profile.   
It is expected that the future PhD fellow will be enrolled in the Graduate Program for In Vivo Pharmacology and Experimental Animals (IVP) at SUND and participate actively in this network. The IVP Graduate Program was established in 2006 as a collaboration between the Faculties of Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Health Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, University of Aarhus, and industrial partners; Novo Nordisk A/S, LEO Pharma and H. Lundbeck A/S,   
For more information on LIFEPHARM or IVP, please contact:   
Professor Jens Lykkesfeldt   
Director of LIFEPHARM   
Head of IVP   
Phone: (+45) 3533 3163.   
Project background   
Lowering glucose in diabetes mellitus reduces the risk of development of late diabetes complications including cardiovascular disease, which is the main cause of increased mortality. On the other hand, severe hypoglycaemia, the main side effect of glucose lowering treatment, particularly with insulin, has consistently been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality. The underlying mechanism is unknown but postulated to be cardiac arrhythmia. Increased platelet response during hypoglycaemia is also suggested as a contributing factor. The objective of the PhD study is to evaluate platelet and cardiac function in a novel porcine model of hypoglycaemia. 
Principal supervisor   
Professor mso Lisbeth Høier Olsen 
Direct Phone: (+45) 3533 3175.   
Professor Ulrik Pedersen-Bjergaard, University of Copenhagen, Nordsjællands Hospital 
Andreas Vegge, Senior Research Scientist, Novo Nordisk A/S 
Rita Slaaby, Principal Scientist, Novo Nordisk A/S 
Gro Klitgaard Povlsen, Specialist, Novo Nordisk A/S. 
Required qualifications  
  • MSc in a biological science, veterinary medicine, medicine or other equivalent degree.   
  • High level of motivation, responsibility and flexibility.   
  • Highly enthusiastic, ambitious and team-oriented personality.   
  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and oral).   
Preferred qualifications 
  • Candidates with function ABD/Category C course in carrying out animal experiments.  
  • Experience within in vivo pharmacology and cardiovascular animal research.   
General job description   
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at SUND are to:   
  • Manage, carry through and conclude on your research projects.   
  • Actively participate in PhD courses.   
  • Write scientific articles and finalise your PhD thesis.   
  • Participate in international congresses.   
  • Conduct a research stay at an institution abroad.   
  • Teach and disseminate your research. 
We offer  
  • The opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art, highly innovative and scientifically stimulating environment with ambitious colleagues.   
  • Excellent training opportunities, both personally and professionally.   
  • The opportunity to contribute with new knowledge to an exciting and fast-moving scientific field. 
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates   
  • The grade point average achieved in relevant University degrees.   
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD program.   
  • Relevant work experience.   
  • Previous publications.   
  • Other professional activities.   
  • Language skills. 
The successful candidate is also required to be resourceful and to possess good interpersonal skills.   
Formal requirements 
The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master's degree.   
It is a prerequisite that the PhD candidate is enrolled as a PhD fellow at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen according to the rules stipulated in “Bekendtgørelse nr. 18 af 14. januar 2008 om ph.d.-graden." 

Terms of employment  
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organizations. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around DKK 25.141 (ca. 3.374 EUR) plus pension. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities (2013).  
For further information please contact Centre Coordinator Camilla Elisabeth Søgaard Ebert;
E-mail: (vacation in week 31). 
Foreign applicants may find the following link useful (International Staff Mobility).  
General information about PhD programs at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available on the Graduate School's website:  
Application procedure  
The application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply now” below and must include the following:   
  • Cover letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.   
  • CV.   
  • Diploma and detailed transcripts of records (MSc and BSc).   
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), peer reviewed and other.   
  • Personal recommendations (if any).   
  • A maximum of 3 relevant scientific works which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment (if any).

The deadline for applications is September 5, 2018.
Any applications received after this time or incomplete will not be considered.
Please note that only online applications will be accepted. 

Receipts of the applications will be acknowledged, and the applicant will be kept continuously informed of the progress of the application.  
The further process  
Shortlist: After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment 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. You can read about the recruitment process at  
Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.  
Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.  
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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August 06, 2018
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