Medical Doctor (læge) for a PhD Fellowship in Experimental Gut Physiology at the Department of Biomedical Sciences

Copenhagen University
March 31, 2023
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The University of Copenhagen is seeking a highly motivated and talented medical doctor for PhD fellow position to commence on August 1st 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter, at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The research group

The position is available in the Experimental Gut Physiology Group at the Department of Biomedical Sciences (BMI) headed by assistant professor/specialist registrar Simon Veedfald, who will be your supervisor in collaboration with professors Jens Juul Holst (Department of Biomedical Sciences) and Sten Madsbad (Department of Endocrinology, Hvidovre Hospital).

The stated goal of the Department of Biomedical Sciences is to pursue basic biomedical research with an emphasis on clinical translation. We are working towards a better understanding of the physiology of the gut and towards identifying new drug candidates to improve the treatment of intestinal and extra intestinal disease.

Project description

As the chosen PhD candidate you will be responsible for recruiting and conducting clinical experimental work on a daily basis, collecting data, performing data analyses and disseminating the study results in manuscripts and giving presentations. You will principally perform clinical experimental work at the clinical research facility at Hvidovre Hospital. You will be working alongside clinical researchers working on a number of different studies in a collaborative and supportive environment.

At BMI you will learn and perform peptide hormone analyses and be introduced to the other experimental approaches used in the laboratory of professor Jens Juul Holst.

As part of your PhD fellowship, you will take relevant PhD courses and participate in local and international scientific meetings. You will become familiar with teaching methodology and be involved in the teaching of medical students.


We are seeking an open-minded, enthusiastic candidate, who synergistically enjoys the scientific aspects and the clinical and practical aspects of research.


  • Medical doctor with the credentials necessary to work as a doctor in Denmark
  • Enthusiasm for physiology
  • Experience with experimental physiology is a distinct advantage, but not a requirement
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral; proficient in Danish and English
  • Strong scientific, analytical and technical skills
  • Experience with data analyses, is a distinct advantage, but not a requirement
  • Team player with both an independent and collaborative mind-set
  • Interest in working with human research participants
  • Interest in teaching medical students
  • Some research experience is preferable but not a requirement
  • Place of employment

    The place of employment is at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment with local and international collaborators.

    Our research facilities include modern human, animal, and cell laboratories and a microscopy core facility.

    During your time as a PhD student a change of research environment is required. The timing and nature of the research stay will be planned during the PhD to allow for the optimal learning experience.

    Terms of employment

    The employment as a PhD student is full time and a fixed-term position for 3 years.

    Starting date is August 1st 2023 or after agreement.

    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.

    Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % in pension contributions to your pension fund.

    The “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of January 2020 covers the position.

    The University of Copenhagen International Staff Mobility office offers support and assistance to all international researchers on all issues related to moving to and settling in Denmark. Read more at www.

    Questions For further questions about the job description and qualifications for the positions please contact assistant professor, specialist registrar Simon Veedfald, e-mail: [email protected] Phone.: +45 41 10 25 95.

    For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact sund-hr- [email protected]

    Application procedure

    Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now' below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

    1. Motivated letter of application (max. two pages)

    2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills, publications, abstracts, conference participation, contact details for at least two references, and other skills relevant for the position

    3. A certified/signed copy of your medical Degree certificate

    4. Research ideas within the context of the activities of the research group (see webpage) (max 2 pages)

    As a prerequisite for a PhD 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: // 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.

    Application deadline: March 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. Once the assessment work is complete, 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: //

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

    University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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