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A fixed term PhD fellowship in Precision Antisense Antibiotics at Center for Peptide-Based Antibiotics, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM) invites applicants for a 3-year PhD fellowship in ‘Anti-virulence targeting in UTI relevant E. coli’.
The fellowship is available from 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Our group and research
Center for Peptide-Based Antibiotics (Cepan) offers an ambitious scientific environment, with many different nationalities represented. Cepan is a research center at University of Copenhagen aiming at discovery of novel peptide based antibiotics targeting resistant gram-negative bacteria.

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Project description
The project Virulence genes are crucial for the pathogenicity of many bacteria including E.coli strains causing resistant and chronical urinary tract infection. These genes control e.g. biofilm formation and intracellular infection. In this project, selective targeting of specific virulence genes by antisense precision antibiotics is studied as a possible future treatment modality for urinary tract infection.

Principal supervisor is Professor Peter E. Nielsen, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine; e-mail:; phone: +45 2524 8309.

Job description
Your key tasks 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 team
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teach and disseminate of your knowledge
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project.
Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a Master’s degree related to the subject area of the project.

Other selection criteria considered important:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Strong motivation and excellent scientific skills.
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.
Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM), University of Copenhagen.
ICMM offers a creative and ambitious scientific environment, with many different nationalities represented. ICMM aims to produce research with high international impact focusing on the functional cell, its genetic components and molecular cellular mechanisms in a medical context.

ICMM currently comprises five research programs, three high profile Research Centers as well as a number of international research groups. The scientists at ICMM are involved in high quality research based undergraduate and graduate teaching programs at the University of Copenhagen.

More information can be found on

Terms of employment
The successful PhD candidate will be offered a full-time position (37 working hours per week) for a period of three years, contingent on a satisfactory performance, with the specific intent that it results in a PhD degree and scientific publications.
It is conditioned upon the candidate’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 formulated by the candidate.

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 27,593 / approx. 3,679 EUR (April 2020-level) plus an employer paid pension contribution.

For further information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:

Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

  1. Applications must be written in English and include; Motivated letter of application (up to 1 A4 page)
  2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. List of publications (if possible)
  4. A copy of MSc diploma and grade transcripts
  5. A short review of scientific research conducted previously for an MSc thesis
  6. Names, e-mails, telephone numbers and addresses of 2-3 referees.
Deadline for applications: Sunday 5 July 2020, 23.59 p.m. CET.

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.

The further process
After 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.

You can read about the recruitment process at

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

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

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