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PhD fellowship in the group of Cardiac Genetics at the Biomedical institute

We are offering a PhD fellowship in cardiac function and genetics commencing September or as soon as possible hereafter.

Our group and research
The group of cardiac genetics is headed by Associate professor Morten Salling Olesen ( Our lab has a long-standing interest in the genetic component of atrial fibrillation and the disease-causing gene variants. We do large scale genetic studies using GWAS and exome sequencing strategies. We use a combination of human genetics and animal models we study the importance of genes associated with atrial fibrillation (Ahlberg et al. Nature Communications, 2018, Roselli et al, Nature Genetics, 2018)

Project description

The student recruited for this project will work on existing mutants available in the lab, as well as generate new mutants and transgenics, to aid in the characterisation of mutation on heart development and function. The techniques used to study the potential phenotypes will include both imaging techniques and electrophysiology, using the zebrafish as a model organism. Basic computer skills and an interest in bioinformatics is an advantage as well.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor, Dr. Morten Salling Olesen, group leader, Cardiac Genetics Group, Department of Biomedical Sciences,

Main supervisor is assistant Professor, Pia Rengtved Lundegaard, Cardiac Genetics group, Department of Biomedical Sciences,

Start: 1 September 2019
Duration: 3 years as a PhD student (following a 3 month trial period as a research assistant before commencing on the PhD project).

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • 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 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. Prior experience with zebrafish, as a model organism, and molecular biology and genetics is a requirement. An animal experimental course (FELASA B or C) is mandatory for applying for the position. An interest in electrophysiology and cardiac function is also desirable.

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set and high work ethics.
  • Language skills
Place of employment
The place of employment is at the institute of Biomedical sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and a zebrafish facility.

Terms of employment

The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’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 applicant and supervisor.

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 around 26.755 DKK /approx. 3.567 EUR (April 2018-level) plus pension.

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact assistant professor Pia R. Lundegaard.

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

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

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do

4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline: 15 June 2019 (23.59pm 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.

Interviews are expected to be held in week 32, 2019.

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