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UCPH PhD Fellowship – Pharmacometrics, Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)


University of Copenhagen invites applications for PhD fellowship in Pharmacometrics, focused on the project of risk medication in older patients at The Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Denmark – Oct 2021 (Job for master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences)

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General Info

Position: PhD Fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Dec 31, 2021 
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 27,800 DKK/Month

Pharmacometrics group
Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Copenhagen K,

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Qualification Details

As an applicant you must have:

  • Qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences or equivalent. The master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree.
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge in population based pharmacokinetic pharmacodynamic modelling or related areas prior to the starting date
  • Hands-on expertise in commonly used population PKPD software (e.g. NONMEM or Phoenix Winnonlin)

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Publications
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • The successful applicant is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills

Responsibilities/Job Description

Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences are to:

  • 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 institution, preferably abroad
  • Obtain experience with teaching and other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Participate in the undergraduate teaching of students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Participate in national and international conferences and scientific meetings
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking “Apply now” below 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)
  • Other information to consider: References and recommendations (if possible)

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.

About the Project

The PhD project will be focused on of risk medication in older patients. High risk medications often cause serious adverse drug events due to inappropriate dosing, which results in increased hospitalization, costs, morbidity and, in some cases, even death. The aim of the current project is to optimize dosing of such compounds using population pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PKPD) modelling methods. Data will be obtained from two clinical PKPD trials with high risk medications performed at Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre. Population PKPD modelling will be performed and new covariates will be investigated. This is expected to bring new insights to dose-exposure-response relationships on both effectiveness and safety of the drugs, which can aid optimizing dosing regimens.

Principal supervisor

Associate Professor Trine Meldgaard Lund, Department of Drug Design and PharmacologyE-mail: , direct phone: +45 3533 6340.

About Pharmacometrics group

The Pharmacometrics group work with population based PKPD modelling on various projects describing the plasma concentration-time profile and understanding the quantitative link to therapeutic response of a drug. This is paramount for selection of the optimal dose, dosing frequency and to minimize adverse eventsWe collaborate with hospitals, other universities, regulatory agencies and the Danish medicinal industry.

About the Department

The Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology ( delivers drug-related research and research-based teaching within a wide range of drug-related disciplines, spanning the molecular, cellular, and pharmacological levels.

Information about the Department can be found at

About the Employer: University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Other details

Terms of employment

The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 yearsb and is to commence on 31 December 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

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 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.

The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy.

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 DKK 27,800 (approx. 3,700 EUR) (taxable) plus pension (October2021 level).

Further Application process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised 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.

Interviews are expected to be held in mid October 2021.

You can read about the recruitment process at

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Contact details

For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor, Associate Professor Trine Meldgaard Lund, e-mail:, direct phone: +45 3533 6340, or PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail:, direct phone: +45 3533 6449.

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