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UCPH PhD Position – Stochastic Thermodynamics of Biological Processes, Denmark, Feb 2022

Denmark, University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

The University of Copenhagen invites applications for a Ph.D. Position in stochastic thermodynamics of biological networks, at the Niels Bohr International Academy, Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Denmark – Feb 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

The Niels Bohr International Academy
Physics Department, Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Copenhagen K, Denmark

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Qualification Details

Qualifications needed for the regular programme

To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. Physics. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in non-equilibrium statistical physics and/or theoretical biophysics.
  • Good language skills

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Niels Bohr International Academy invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in stochastic thermodynamics of biological networks. The project is funded by a project grant of the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Start date is expected to be 01/04/2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates within the field of physics. Applicants can have a background in non-equilibrium statistical physics and/or theoretical biophysics.

Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programme

  • Complete and pass the MSc education in accordance with the curriculum of the MSc programme

(ONLY when you are attending the integrated MSc and PhD programme)

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project
  3. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  4. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another 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.
  5. Publication list (if possible)
  6. Reference letters (if available)

Application deadline:

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15 Februay 2022, 23:59 GMT+1. 

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the above mentioned requirements.

The further process

After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 9. 

About the Project

Our group has recently obtained a Novo Nordisk project grant to theoretically study the stochastic thermodynamics of biological circuits. In particular, this fellowship will focus on the thermodynamics of functional motives, such as feed-forwards loops and single-input modules, in biochemical networks, and on the modelling of synthetic biological circuits. To do this, we will combine analytical calculations with computational techniques.

About the Research

Our group and research- and what do we offer?

Currently, the main focus of our research group is on how thermodynamics puts constraints on biological processes. More specifically, the focus is on questions such as to what extend are biological processes, such as DNA replication, thermodynamically optimised, which role does thermodynamics play in biological evolution, and what are the thermodynamic constraints necessary to create non-equilibrium phenomena, such as chemical oscillations and motility-induced phase-separation.

The group is a part of the physics department, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories.

Principal supervisor is Prof. Karel Proesmans (, +4535324107)

The PhD programme

Depending of your level of education, you can undertake the PhD programme as a three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), if you already have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master’s degree.

About the Employer: University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Other details

Terms of employment in the regular programme

Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

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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 SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website:

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