We are offering a PhD fellowship from November 1st, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. The project will focus on the host immune response in the lungs of critically ill patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), notably the interactions between the local microbiome and immune cell populations within the pulmonary compartment, and the effects of this on pulmonary gas exchange. All the studies will be conducted on patients in the clinical setting.

We expect the PhD to be instrumental in coordinating and conducting the experiments, including informing patients and relatives and patients about the project, and obtaining informed consent in the critical care setting, and participating in the clinical procedures.

The principal supervisor is Associate Professor Ronan Berg and the primary co-supervisor is Associate Professor Ronni Plovsing.

Start: November 1st, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter

Duration: 3 years as a PhD student

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

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in biomedical science. Please note that your Master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree (two years).

Applicants must have a master’s degree in medicine (MD or equivalent). Previous documented clinical experience with anaesthesiology and intensive care, notably bronchoscopy, as well as experience with conducting bedside research studies, is greatly premiered. Furthermore, the candidate must have excellent communication skills, which are required both in relation to patients and relatives, as well as other health care professionals.

Other important criteria are:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience, notably clinical experience in critical care
  • Previous teaching experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Language skills, particularly fluency in Danish, as the candidate will be required to communicate appropriately with patients, relatives, and other health staff in a demanding critical care setting

Place and terms of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, but a large bulk of the experimental work will be conducted at Hvidovre Hospital.

The employment as 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. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 28,365 DKK /approx. 3,812 EUR (April 2022-level) plus pension.

Further information

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact Associate Professor Ronan Berg on ronan@sund.ku.dk.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website: https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/guidelines/

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
  • Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do
  • Publication list (if available)

Application deadline: August 15th 2022 23.59 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 can comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

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

Interviews are expected to be held in week 37-39.

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 to apply for the position.APPLY NOW

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Ronan Martin Griffin Berg

E-mail: ronan@sund.ku.dk


Application deadline: 15-08-2022

Employment start: 01-11-2022

Working hours: Full time

Department/Location: Department of Biomedical Sciences

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