The Section of Forensic Chemistry, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Copenhagen, seeks two phd fellows with a three-month research assistant position

Copenhagen University
June 15, 2023
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We are offering two three-year PhD-fellow positions in Forensic Chemistry with a three-month initial temporary position as research assistant. The temporary position relates to the preparation of a PhD-application, and the PhD fellowship is conditioned on enrolment as PhD-student and satisfying performance during the temporary position.

The PhD projects

  • A project concerning detection of single doses of selected drugs in hair to assess the sensitivity of analytical procedures applied on drug-facilitated crime cases. The analytical methods will typically be based on liquid-chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Method optimization and validation will be important aspects.
  • A project concerning assessment of postmortem reference intervals for psychoactive drugs in blood and brain tissue, which is based on retrospective data in the section. The reference intervals will be related to literature data and the intervals will be used for future case work.
  • Principal supervisors are ass. professor, phd. Sys Stybe Johansen, [email protected], +45 35326241 (project 1) and senior researcher, phd., Marie Klose Nielsen, [email protected], +45 35326312 (project 2), Department of Forensic Medicine.

    Start: 1 September 2023

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

    The Section of Forensic Chemistry The section carries out forensic examinations (alcohol, drugs and narcotics) for the judiciary and other public authorities, which make up the bulk of the section's activities. The section of Forensic Chemistry 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 section has about 35 employees, including one professor, two associate professors, 4 senior researchers, 6 forensic chemists, 2 postdocs, IT staff, 5 PhD students, 10 laboratory technicians and a number of thesis students. The department is equipped with modern instruments and IT facilities. The section is accredited to ISO 17025.

    The person and qualifications The typical candidate will be a person who is interested in analytical chemistry and toxicology as well as the techniques behind, and is thorough, careful and has an interest in scientific work. It is important that the new colleague has good interpersonal skills. It's the results that count, so we appreciate diligence, efficiency and purposefulness. Fluency in written and spoken English is a prerequisite.

    Relevant academic education includes a Master's degree in biochemistry, engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, analytical chemistry, toxicology or related fields. The applicant cannot hold a doctorate degree.

    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
  • Place of employment The place of employment is at the Section of Forensic Chemistry, Dept. of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories that are well-equipped and have a high degree of automation.

    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 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 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.

    Questions Further information can be obtained by the head of the section, professor, dr. med. Kristian Linnet, phone: +45 35 32 61 00or e-mail: [email protected]

    General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School's website: https: //

    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)

    Application deadline: 15 June 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: //

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

    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.

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