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UCPH PhD fellowships – Molecular Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Science

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University of Copenhagen invites applications for Ph.D. fellowship in Molecular Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Science to work in the project GPR139 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) is financed by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology. Denmark – Oct 2021

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General Info

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

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND)
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 pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences or related areas prior to the starting date. The master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree.
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills

Preferred qualifications

Experience with, and skills in:

  • Mammalian cell culture
  • G protein-coupled receptor pharmacological assay development/optimization
  • Molecular pharmacological characterization of ligands and/or receptor mutants
  • Analyses of pharmacological data using the GraphPad Prism software package
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in interdisciplinary teams

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

GPR139 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) which the Bräuner-Osborne and Gloriam groups have been the first to identify aromatic L-amino acids and alpha-MSH derivatives as putative endogenous ligands. Interestingly, the receptor has recently been reported to recruit both Gq and Gi proteins but apparently only signal via the former whereas the function of the Gi recruitment is unclear. Furthermore, we have shown that GPR139, like most GPCRs, internalize when activated, but the intracellular mechanism for this event has not yet been elucidated.

In this project the PhD student will use state-of-the-art molecular pharmacological methods to delineate the detailed signaling profile of GPR139 ligands, identify and characterize novel (biased) ligands and delineate the receptor internalization pathway(s).

Principal supervisor

Professor Hans Bräuner-Osborne, Department of Drug Design and PharmacologyE-mail:, direct phone: +45 3533 4469

About Bräuner-Osborne group

The Bräuner-Osborne group focus on pharmacological and physiological characterization of G protein-coupled receptors bridging from development of novel pharmacological tool compounds by integration of pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and computer modelling to understanding the physiological role of the receptors using these ligands. The group is located in state-of-the-art laboratories in the new Pharma Science Building and currently consist of 7 Postdocs and 2 PhD Students.

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 years 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 (October 2021 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 week 42.You can read about the recruitment process at

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Contact details

For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor Professor Hans Bräuner-Osborne, e-mail:, direct phone: +45 3533 4469, or PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail:, direct phone: +45 3533 6449.

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit (International staff mobility) and

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