PhD fellowship in: Synergistic effects of biological therapies including Stem Cells and Platelet Rich Plasma in Equine Orthopaedics at Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 23 Mar 2021

We are offering a PhD fellowship with special focus on synergistic effects between biologicals (including stem cells and platelet rich plasma) in joint disease in horses to commence on June 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Our group and research
Our research group consists of highly skilled veterinarians with a range of competences in equine orthopaedic research and clinical application of biological therapies. We are a dedicated team with strong national and international collaborations in the field of equine regenerative medicine.

Project description

The aim of the project is to investigate the molecular and functional interactions between biologicals including mesenchymal stem cells and platelet-rich plasma using clinical and laboratory based approaches. The results of the project will provide evidence-based guidance for better regenerative therapy in horses with joint disease.

Principal supervisor isAssociate Professor Lise C. Berg, Section of Medicine and Surgery, e-mail: , tel. 35 33 26 01. Co-supervisors are Associate Professor Gabriel Cuevas Ramos, Section of Medicine and Surgery, e-mail: , and Professor Casper Lindegaard, Section of Medicine and Surgery, e-mail: .

Start:                  June 1st 2021 (or a soon as possible thereafter)

Duration:          3 years as a PhD student

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
The successful applicant for the PhD scholarship will be a veterinarian with a strong background and interest in equine orthopedics and regenerative medicine. Experience with cell culture and molecular methods will be an advantage. Also, ability to communicate research findings in teaching, conference talks, or by writing scientific papers will be taken into account.

Other important criteria are:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set
  • Language skills (ability to write and communicate in English)

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Section of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research group is based at the University Hospital for Large Animals in Taastrup, Denmark, and our research facilities on site include modern laboratories.

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. 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 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 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: 23 March 2021, 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.

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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