Paid PhD Fellowship at Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences of Copenhagen University

Deadline : 12 Jul 2020

Nonprofit organization: University of Copenhagen

Specialities: Medical Sciences

Study level: Postgraduate

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Paid PhD Fellowship at Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences of Copenhagen University

The University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD fellowship in Comparative Pediatrics at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. The University of Copenhagen offers a highly international, diverse and interdisciplinary environment in the Section of Comparative Pediatrics and Nutrition. It performs research and teaching related to development, nutrition and disease in human infant and farm animals. The university's work extends from basic in vitro studies on cells and tissues (mechanisms and –omics technologies), over animal model studies (mainly in piglets), to intervention and cohort studies of infants at hospitals (growth, gut, brain, immunity, microbiota).

Project Description:-

  • The current position focuses on health and development of preterm infants. The project conducts clinical trials to investigate effects of supplemental milk products during periods of insufficient mother’s own milk to improve gut maturation and reduce development of gastrointestinal inflammation and infections, such as necrotizing enterocolitis and sepsis.
  • Further, the project researchers look at long-term outcomes of different feeding practices on cognitive functions and structural brain development in the preterm infants. 
  • Blood samples are collected and used to study changes transcriptome changes with feeding. Cohorts are collected to analyze across several studies. 
  • The analyses will be compared with analyses sampled from preterm pig cohorts to increase the translational value of pig studies. 
  • A main part of the project will be mechanistic insight in the development based on pig trials and various analyses of blood and fecal samples from pigs and infants. 
  • With this, Copenhagen University aims to improve infant health and survival and provide quality alternatives to infant formulas when mother’s milk is not available.  


  • Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a
    Master’s degree in human medicine.
  • Other important criteria are:
    • The grade point average achieved.
    • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project as described above, hereunder experience with handling data from clinical trials and cohort studies and analytical insight into blood and tissue analyses.
    • Previous publications.
    • Relevant work experience.
    • Other professional activities.
    • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in neonatal health and development.
    • Language skills.


Three years as a PhD student.


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.


  •  Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 27,593.77 DKK /approx. 3.700 EUR (April 2020-level) plus pension.

Terms and Conditions:-

  • The employment as a PhD fellow is full time 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 (2019) 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.

About University of Copenhagen:-

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest university and research institution in Denmark. The university today is state-funded, and has 23,473 undergraduate students, 17,398 postgraduate students, 2,968 doctoral students and over 9,000 employees.The university has four campuses located in and around Copenhagen, with the headquarters located in central Copenhagen. Most courses are taught in Danish; however, many courses are also offered in English and a few in German. The university has several thousands of foreign students

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