PhD fellowship in Odontology

Department of Odontology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

The Department of Odontology invites applications for a PhD fellowship. The candidate will work in the field of Periodontology. Thus, the candidates should be able to perform studies in Periodontology.

The PhD fellowship is full time and will commence September 1st, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project/Scientific area
The project:
Periodontal Comorbidity using nationwide pharmaco-epidemiologic data from Danish National Health Registers with the objective:
To characterize the comorbidity of periodontitis with focus on cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases and neurodegenerative diseases as well as the impact of periodontitis and periodontal treatment on the prognosis of the diseases.

The project will be carried out under the supervision of:

Main supervisor:
Peter Riis Hansen, Professor, Dr Med Sc, PhD, Department of Cardiology, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital and Section of Periodontology, Department of Odontology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Lisa Bøge Christensen, Associate Professor, PhD, DDS, Section of Community Dentistry, Department of Odontology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Palle Holmstrup, Professor, Dr Odont, PhD, DDS, Section of Periodontology, Department of Odontology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Job description
The key tasks for the PhD fellow will be to:

  • Manage and carry out an independent research project under supervision
  • Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis based on the 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 the PhD project
  • Participate in undergraduate teaching of students in odontology
  • Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings
  • Stay at an external research institution, preferably abroad

The candidate must hold a relevant Master’s degree in dentistry (DDS) and must document clinical experience including practical skills and theoretical knowledge including experience in research settings.

Furthermore, a candidate with experience within periodontology will be preferred.

It is a prerequisite that the candidate can be enrolled as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen and attached to the graduate programme in Muscoskeletal and Oral Sciences (MUSKOS).

Terms of employment
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). The candidate is required to perform assigned tasks in connection with teaching during the period of employment.

For further information regarding the position please contact Head of Department, Anne Marie Lynge Pedersen (

The application must include:
  • Cover letter (motivation for applying including a description of the applicant’s research profile)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma and transcripts of records
  • Personal recommendations
  • List of publications
  • Reprints of a maximum of 3 publications of central importance to the application

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2018.
Any applications received after this time or incomplete will not be considered.

The further process
Shortlist: 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
Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

Candidates who are already enrolled at PhD students at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences cannot apply for this position.

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested in this post to apply.

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