The Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports invites applications for a PhD scholarship. The position is for a 3-year period and will commence October 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The PhD fellow will be a part of the Integrative Physiology Group. The group covers a broad area of research related to metabolic, cardiovascular and muscular adaptations to exercise. We focus on performance and health-related benefits of exercise as well as anti-doping issues.

The group uses complex human models and advanced molecular techniques to study integrated and isolated effects of exercise, exercise training and ergogenic substances related to the regulation of muscle metabolism, angiogenesis, blood flow, insulin sensitivity, ion transport, fatigue, temperature balance and bone mineral density. 

We focus on physiological mechanisms and conduct studies in which the results can be applied to the everyday life in groups of patients, healthy individuals of different ages and athletes. 


Project description
The purpose of the PhD project is to assess effects of exercise training on cardiovascular function and exercise performance.

The project comprises human experiments including various invasive procedures, such as arterial-venous catheterization, microdialysis and muscle biopsies. A specific focus will be on cardiovascular adaptations to training, and the candidate will conduct measurement of cardiovascular function.

Experiments will primarily involve well trained and elite-athletes both men and women. The project is supported by Team Denmark within the network “Training models and competition preparation”, and the candidate will also has a responsibility to coordinate meetings within the network as well as with Team Denmark and elite sports organisations. The candidate has to speak Danish.

Professor, Ylva Hellsten, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

Co-supervisors Professor Eva Prescott, Department of Clinical Medicine, Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, University of Copenhagen

Professor, Dr. Scient, Jens Bangsbo, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements 
A master degree within human physiology or equivalent. Candidates with experience in conducting human physiology experiments involving invasive methods, in particular within the fields of cardiovascular and exercise physiology, will be preferred.
 It is a prerequisite that the candidate can be enrolled as a PhD student at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.

Terms of employment 
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. 
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. 
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 306,667 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,361).

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. 

Please include

  • Cover Letter 
  • CV 
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), 
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is  Sunday 9 August 2020,23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered. 

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above-mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact: Professor, Ylva Hellsten, yhellsten@nexs.ku.dk   Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd.


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