LEAD International Postdoc Leadership Programme

Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), University of Copenhagen (UCPH) welcome the postdoc to research LEADer programme (LEAD Postdoc Fellowship). The vision of LEAD is to support the talented young researchers who want to pursue a research leadership career in life sciences, biomedical research in the transition to become a research leader, in or outside of academia.

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UCPH welcome the postdoc to research LEADer programme (LEAD Postdoc Fellowship). The vision of LEAD is to support the enrolled fellows in the transition to become a research leader, in or outside of academia.

Features of the LEAD Fellowships

  • 36-months fully paid fellowship with a competitive postdoc salary and full social benefits
  • An international work environment with focus on collaboration and creative research approaches
  • Modern research facilities and infrastructure
  • Interdisciplinary project opportunities and close interactions with physicians at BRIC and the neighboring University Hospital

The training is developed with academic and industrial partners, to ensure that it is relevant for positions in both academia and industry, thereby widening the career prospects of the fellows. Specifically, the training will lead to competence-building in six main areas as outlined in the figure, which together with the expected scientific publications and the fellows’ expanded network, will be a door-opener for their first research leader position. Some of the competence-building activities are directly enabling the fellows’ transition from postdoc to research leader, but several focus on transferable skills highly asked for across a variety of positions, including project management skills, communication skills, engagement and collaborative skills.

Eligibility for the LEAD Postdoc Fellowships

The eligibility requirements consist of precise and objective criteria. In addition, a complete set of application material submitted through UCPH’s online application system in due time is required to be eligible.

  • International mobility: Applicants can have any nationality, but must undertake transnational mobility according to the MSCA rules (must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Denmark for more than 12 months in the three years prior to the call deadline). Also, applicants employed at UCPH for more than three months before the application deadline will be considered ineligible.
  • Education and research experience: Applicants must hold a PhD degree followed by up to eight years of experience from for example academia, clinic, industry or biotech. Exceptions to the eight years-experience criteria are made for applicants with prolonged career breaks due to parental leave, illness or mandatory military/civil service (documentation required as part of the application). Therefore, all applicants who have not yet defended their PhD or have more than 8 years after their PhD will NOT be considered eligible.
  • Key selection criteria: The selection process includes eligibility screening, evaluation of application material by external scientific experts, personal interviews with a selection committee and a site visit to BRIC for shortlisted candidates including matchmaking with potential host groups.
    • Education and scientific track record
    • Research leadership potential
    • Motivation

Documents Required for Application

Application can only happen online via the link on the LEAD homepage. A complete set of application material submitted in due time is required to be eligible:

  • Online application form including personal details
  • A signed eligibility declaration (documenting mobility and experience since PhD)
  • Degree diplomas (Bachelors, Master, PhD)
  • List of two-three referees, whereof one should preferably be the PhD supervisor or another senior scientist that the applicant has worked closely with (reference letters will be directly obtained by BRIC)
  • Documentation of career breaks, if any
  • CV and full list of publications
  • Motivation letter (cover letter)

Templates for your application:

Applicants who pass the eligibility check and the remote scientific evaluation and are invited for interviews with the selection committee, will be asked to submit a research synopsis before the interviews, as part of the material reviewed by the committee.

Please carefully follow the guide for applicants

Submit your application here

Fellowships Opening

  • Opening of call: August 1st, 2022
  • Application deadline: January 9, 2023
  • Evaluation of candidates: January – February 2023
  • Online interviews: March 14-15, 2023
  • On site visits: March 20 – April 3, 2023 
  • Answers to applicants: April 7, 2023
  • Time of employment: June 1, 2023

Host Research Groups – LEAD Fellowships

  1. Issazadeh-Navikas Group
  2. Khodosevich Group
  3. Jensen Group
  4. Arnes Group
  5. Lund Group
  6. Porse Group
  7. Sorensen Group
  8. Theilgaard-Monch Group
  9. Weischenfeldt Group
  10. Won Group

About the LEAD Postdoc Fellowships

The postdoc to research LEADer programme (LEAD) will recruit two cohorts of eight international postdoctoral fellows to the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), University of Copenhagen (UCPH). The programme is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 945322.

Participating in the LEAD programme will provide you with tools and insight to identify and overcome the obstacles for pursuing a career as a research leader in either academia or industry/biotech. LEAD will offer you an outstanding framework to conduct top interdisciplinary biomedical research that can advance your research fields, but at the same time support, nurture and challenge you to develop excellent research leadership competences and transferable skills, and to support your strategic career development.


LEAD aims to empower diverse research talent to become the next generation of creative, collaborative, responsible and inclusive research leaders. The ambition is that the fellows after programme completion are enabled and inspired to apply for their first research leader position in an environment of their choice. We will support them to develop their niche in research, deconvolute their personal way into research leadership and supply them with an ambitious and talented peer and collegial network. Three approaches will be taken to support fellow development: to train (provide tools for acquisition of skills), nurture (support and guide fellows to find their individual way) and challenge (push fellows to dare and to grow through accomplishment).

For more details about the Fellowship

About University of Copenhagen (UCPH)


Séverine Le Bras, PhD
Senior scientific officer, Strategic Research Support
LEAD Programme manager

University of Copenhagen
Biotech Research and Innovation Centre, BRIC
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Ole Maaløes Vej 5
2200 Copenhagen N