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Few PhD fellowship positions Virology, Molecular biology, Systems biology – UCPH, Denmark

Denmark, University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

The University seeks to appoint one or more PhD student(s) to the Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM) to work at CO-HEP to commence 1 May 2022 or as soon as possible hereafter.

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General Info

Position: PhD fellowship
No. of Positions: Few
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: May 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 27,800 DKK/Month

Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM)
University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Copenhagen , Denmark

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Qualification Details

The successful applicant should have:

  • A MSc in virology, molecular, cellular or systems biology, or related fields. Applicants expecting to obtain the MSc degree in the near future are also encouraged to apply. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years).
  • Hands-on experience in long-term scientific projects during and/or after your MSc studies.
  • Experience with virology, cell culture, molecular biology, microbiology, high-throughput technology or immunology is an advantage.
  • Interest in RNA viruses, molecular biology and novel deep sequencing methods.
  • Authorship on publications in high quality journals is an advantage.

The applicant is further expected to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills. The working language is English and good English speaking, reading and writing skills are therefore required. You will be expected to drive your research with independence and initiative, but also to interact well with the group in a dedicated but pleasant work atmosphere.

Responsibilities/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
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

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Documents Required

Applications through email or other platforms will not be considered. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application
  • CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • 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:  Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science
  • Publication list (if applicable)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)

About the Project

RNA viruses are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Pathogens of our interest include hepatitis viruses, flaviviruses (e.g. yellow fever, zika), picornaviruses (e.g. polio, coxsackie), alphaviruses (e.g. sindbis, chikungunya) and animal pathogens such as pestiviruses. We have specific interest in virus-host interactions, including RNA interactions that are becoming increasingly important. Some, such as that of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the micro-RNA, miR-122, are emerging as therapeutic targets. We recently identified and characterized similar interactions for other viruses. Much, however, remains to be understood on virus-host interactions during infection, including implications for innate immunity. Another interest of ours is animal models for HCV using the recently discovered HCV-related hepaciviruses in rodents and horses, which could provide important insights on pathology and immune responses.

Your project on virus-host interactions will be defined together with your supervisor, Troels Scheel, and will involve methodology such as virus cultivation, molecular biology assays, functional characterization, translation and replication reporter assays, crosslinking immune-precipitation (CLIP), RNA-seq and related methods. You will be expected to actively participate in method development and development of the project. A high level of motivation, ambition and involvement will be expected.

About the Employer: University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Note or Other details

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.

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 Finance 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.

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Contact details

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

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

Copenhagen is a modern and international city with a high living standard. Foreign applicants may find these links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and

Interviews are expected to be held in week 9 and 10.

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