PhD Position in UCPH University of Copenhagen Denmark

Ph.D. position on network biology at the Uni of Copenhagen, Denmark 2022


Ph.D. position on network biology at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 2022



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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark


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Qualification Details

The successful candidate for the PhD position must hold an MSc degree within a relevant discipline and have strong programming experience. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years). The successful candidates will also have strong qualifications or experience within several of the following areas:

  • Analysis of biological networks
  • Bioinformatics / computational biology
  • Statistical data mining
  • Programming in Python or R

As members of the group are expected to collaborate both within the group, within the center, nationally, and internationally, strong networking and team player skills are valued.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Cellular Network Biology group ( has strong expertise in network biology and co-develops the STRING database ( The group is led by Prof. Lars Juhl Jensen, who will be the principal supervisor of the project.

The PhD candidate will work in a highly international and multidisciplinary team focusing on extending the scope of existing molecular networks. The aims are to extend the scope of STRING and its related resources to new biomedical use cases and to apply the developed methods to answer concrete scientific questions. This will involve extending the STRING intra-species interaction networks in one or more of the following directions:

  • Inter-species interactions: there is a strong interest in inter-species networks on multiple fronts, including the understanding of host–virus interactions, host–parasite interactions, and microbial communities.
  • Chemical interactions: networks for small molecular compounds is another area of interest, both in the context of drugs and metabolic networks (including microbial communities).

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” for each project of interest and 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
  • 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.

Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used

  • Publication list (if possible)

About the Department/Section/Group

The Center was established at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, to promote basic and applied discovery research on human proteins of medical relevance. It comprises a wide range of expertise and resources including proteomics, protein production, bioinformatics, and general characterization of disease mechanisms.

The Disease Systems Biology program consists of three research groups covering many systems level aspects of biology and medicine, such as the analysis and integration of molecular-level data and healthcare data, including biomedical texts.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

The employment is at CPR (, University of Copenhagen, located in central Copenhagen.

The research environment at CPR is ambitious and international, with approx. 30 different nationalities currently represented. The Center comprises modern laboratories, supercomputer resources and state-of-the-art facilities within protein science. Seminars with high-profile international speakers and regular internal research seminars are organized at the Center.

Foreigners may find the following links useful for more information on working and living in Denmark:

Terms of salary and employmentThe employment is for 4 years; 1 year as Research assistant and 3 years as PhD fellow. The position is a full-time position (37 working hours per week).

The employment as a PhD student is conditioned upon a positive assessment of the candidate’s research performance and a 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 to the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.

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 begins at DKK 27,800 / approx. EUR 3,700 (October 2021-level) plus an employer paid pension contribution at 17.1 %.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for all international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, where the pension will be paid as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes:

Duration:         1+3 years
Starting date:  1 July 2022 or after agreement

The further processAfter 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.

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

You can read about the recruitment process at

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Contact details

For further information, please contact Professor Lars Juhl Jensen, mail [email protected].

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