PhD fellowship in Forensic Genetics

Copenhagen University
January 16, 2023
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Department of Forensic Medicine, Section of Forensic Genetics, Faculty of Health Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Genetic co-segregation studies in Geno-negative families with rare inherited arrhythmias commencing 1-03-2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description

Your main task will be to investigate large families with genetic predisposition for thoracic aortic aneurysms and sudden cardiac death with no mutation in the known disease-causing genes, followed in the clinic for inherited cardiac diseases in Rigshospitalet. You will subsequently employ whole genome sequencing with the purpose of discovering novel disease-causing genetic variants using the already established experimental and bioinformatical pipelines at the section of Forensic Genetics at the Department of Forensic Medicine. Through co-segregation analysis, you will then investigate the probability that an affected first-degree relative of a variant-carrying proband also would carry the variant. You will work closely with Professor Jacob Tfelt-Hansen and other group members.

Supervisors

Professor, MD, DMSCE. Jacob Tfelt-Hansen, Section of Forensic Genetics, Dept. of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and Department of Cardiology, The Heart Centre, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet.

MD, PhD, Bo Gregers Winkel, Department of Cardiology, The Heart Centre, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet.

Professor, MD, PhD, Jytte Banner, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Lektor, PhD, Jeppe Dyrberg Andersen, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Our department and research

The section of Forensic Genetics serves as the national laboratory for DNA analyses in criminal, paternity and family reunification cases commissioned by the police, the judicial system and other public authorities. The section of Forensic Genetics is one of three sections at the Department of Forensic Medicine (University of Copenhagen) carrying out research and teaching assignments according to ordinary university rules. The research efforts at the section of Forensic Genetics focus on two topics; research in forensic genetics, aiming at improvement of methods used in the genetic case-work , and research in inherited diseases with the aim of identifying genetic or epigenetic variations associated with specific diseases, such as sudden unexpected cardiac death.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project
  • Qualifications

    The applicant must have a master's degree in medicine, and prior experience with patient contact.

    Other key qualifications are

  • Documented research experience
  • Experience in/or interest in inherited diseases
  • Fluency in oral and written Danish, and English
  • Place of employment

    The place of employment is at the Section of Forensic Genetics, Dept. of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

    The work will take place partly at the Section of Forensic Genetics, and partly at Department of Cardiology, The Heart Centre, Rigshospitalet.

    We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research environment includes state- of-the-art laboratory facilities with a high degree of automation.

    Terms of employment

    The employment as a PhD fellow is full-time (37 working hours weekly) 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 DKK 28,365/approx. 3,812 EUR (April 2022)plus pension. The position is covered by the ‘Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities of December 11, 2019'.

    All invited for interview are required to bring a criminal record in English or Danish.

    Application procedure

    Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now' below. The application 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 languages than English or Danish. If you have not completed your master's degree a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master's degree must be equivalent to a Danish master's degree. For more information on whether your master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree please read here. 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: 16/1-23, 23.59 p.m. 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.

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

    Questions

    For further information, please contact Prof. Jacob Tfelt jtfelt@sund.ku.dk. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their personal background.

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