Research assistant and PhD fellowship in forensic epigenetics

Copenhagen University
June 15, 2023
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The Department of Forensic Medicine is offering a three-year PhD fellowship with a three-month temporary position as research assistant. The PhD fellowship is financed by the Department of Forensic Medicine. The fellowship is available from 1 September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description

There is a need to improve the understanding and use of epigenetics (methylated DNA) and related molecular markers such as RNAs in forensic medicine and forensic genetics. In forensic genetics, such markers are being increasingly studied and used for forensic identification of human tissue, age prediction of stain donor at a crime scene, and in forensic medicine for molecular autopsy (sudden cardiac death).

The current project focuses on investigations of epigenetics in relation to forensic medicine related topics, including molecular autopsy and the use of epigenetics in relation to forensic genetic investigations.

The aim of the current project is to investigate methylated DNA in heart tissues from sudden cardiac death individuals using primarily bead chip array analysis, but also investigate methylated DNA patterns in relation to forensic genetic related topics.

The project will be performed at the Section of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine.

Principal supervisor

Associate Professor Jeppe Dyrberg Andersen, Section of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine.

Email: [email protected].

Primary co-supervisor

Professor Jacob Tfelt-Hansen, Section of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine.


Assistant Professor Athina Vidaki, Department of Genetic Identification, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Start: 1 September 2023

Duration: 3 years as a PhD student + 3 months as research assistant

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty are to:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision.
  • Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project.
  • 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 the undergraduate teaching of students in forensic genetics.
  • Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings.
  • Stay at external research institution (Erasmus University Rotterdam).
  • Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

    We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong background in genetics, biology, and related fields. Experience with data analysis of methylated DNA or bead chip array is an advantage.

    As an applicant you must have:

  • Obtained a Master´s degree in genetics, biology, medicine, or a related field prior to the starting date
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • The ability to travel for performing experiments abroad.
  • Formal requirements

    The successful applicant will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences according to the rules stipulated in the Ministerial order on the PhD programme at the universities (PhD order) from the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education and the guidelines for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

    The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the Graduate programme for Oral Sciences, Forensic Medicine and Bioanthropology (RIO).

    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 September 2023 of 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 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 27,800 DKK/Roughly 3,700 EUR (October 2021 level) plus pension.

    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: // 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)

    Deadline for applications 15 June 2023, 23.59 CET

    Please note that only online applications will be accepted. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

    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: //

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


    For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor, Associate Professor Jeppe Dyrberg Andersen, email: [email protected].

    For more information on working and living in Denmark visit (International staff mobility) and www.

    Interviews are expected to be held in week 30.

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

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