PhD fellowship in Fur Animal Pathology

Updated: 8 months ago
Deadline: 31 Oct 2019

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

We are offering a PhD fellowship in Fur Animal Pathology commencing January 1st 2019.

Our group and research

The research group of veterinary pathology is part of the Section of Pathobiology and its research activities focus on the development of models for human and veterinary diseases in mammals together with the development of new diagnostic methods. This includes animal infectious diseases and welfare related lesions as well as laboratory related aspects.

Project description

The purpose of the PhD project is to achieve faster and more cost-effective methods for the diagnosis and monitoring of fur disease, through research and development and to assess the impact of specific infectious agents in current Danish mink production systems. The purpose of the methods developed is to provide a basis for monitoring important loss-causing diseases in fur production, as well as optimizing disease control, health and welfare in fur production. Techniques employed will include gross pathology, histopathology and molecular biological methods.

Principal supervisor is associate professor Anne Sofie Hammer, Section of Pathobiology, E-mail: , Direct Phone: +45 23807692

Start: January 1st 2019  

Duration: 3 years

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

You have an EU recognized education as a veterinarian (DVM)

Essential experience and skills included in the assessment of applicants:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project (e.g. expereince with mink pathology and histopathology, field work at mink farms and experience with PCR diagnostics)
  • Work experience (a minimum of 1 year experience as a research assistant, prior to the date of employment, is required).
  • The grade achieved for the master project (applicants achieving 12 points will be preferred)
  • You have an active interest in gross pathology and histopathology
  • You have proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • You have excellent English and Danish skills written and spoken
  • You have very good interpersonal skills and a high level of Adaptability and Flexibility
  • You are thriving in a highly dynamic and busy workplace, with ability to work independently and systematically

Place of employment
The place of employment is at Section of Patobiology, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories, necropsy facilities, and a histopathology laboratory 

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.

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.

For specific 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:

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 diploma and transcript of records.

4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline:  31 October 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 above mentioned 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. 

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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