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PhD fellowship in Ion Channel Function

Center for Biopharmaceuticals/Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND)
University of Copenhagen

The Center for Biopharmaceuticals (Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology) is offering a three-year PhD fellowship in Ion Channel Function. The PhD fellowship is financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF). The fellowship will start on 1 august 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description
The PhD project will focus on sodium channels, which mediate sodium flux across cell membrane in response to endogenous stimuli such as changes in membrane voltage or binding of neurotransmitters. Sodium channels are widely expressed in humans and considered important therapeutic targets, as their dysfunction can result in various disorders. The technically challenging project will involve a combination of electrophysiology and phylogenetics to investigate sodium channel biophysics and function.

Principal supervisor
Associate Professor Stephan Pless, Center for Biopharmaceuticals, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology. E-mail:, direct phone: +45 2364 9066, home page:

Required qualifications
As an applicant you must have:

  • Obtained a master´s degree in a relevant subject area prior to the starting date
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills
Preferred qualifications
We are looking for a highly motivated individual with extensive practical experience in electrophysiology at the MSc level. While knowledge/experience in genetics is not essential, applicants with a strong theoretical education/experience in phylogenetics will be favored.

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow are to:
  • manage and carry out an independent research project under supervision
  • write scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project
  • complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points
  • obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • participate in the undergraduate teaching of students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings
  • stay at an external research institution, preferably abroad
Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project (preference will be given to applicants with practical experience in electrophysiology, unnatural amino acids, spectroscopy, biochemistry, chemical and molecular biology)
  • Previous publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • The grade point average achieved and relevant scholarships, stipends or awards
  • Relevant work experience, or other professional activities, including international experience
  • English proficiency as well as interpersonal skills
Formal requirements
The successful applicant will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences according to the rules stipulated in the Ministerial order on the PhD program at the universities (PhD order) from the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education and the guidelines for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences:

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

Terms of employment
The position as a PhD fellow is available for a 3-year period.

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organizations. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

The minimum monthly salary is DKK 26,455 (taxable) + pension contribution.

Application procedure
The application must be submitted electronically and written in English.

Your application must include (Please upload documents in PDF):
  • Cover letter: Letter stating the interest in and qualifications for the project (max. one page)
  • Full CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records: Master´s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor´s and master´s degrees). Applicants with a master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used
  • Publication list, if applicable
  • Contact information for three referees or three letter of recommendations
The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

Deadline for applications
6 May 2018. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

Post application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee.

All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.

Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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 Appointments Committee consists of the supervision group and the Head of Department who is the authorized recruitment manager. The Assessment Committee consists of the principal supervisor.

An answer as to the granting of the fellowship can be expected approximately 4 weeks after application deadline.

For further information, applicants may contact the supervisor or Administrator Marianne W. Jørgensen,, +45 3533 6449.

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