PhD fellowship in Vascular Physiology at the Department of Biomedical Sciences

Updated: 30 days ago
Deadline: 15 Mar 2021

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

This fully funded PhD student position is an opportunity to work in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the lab of Associate Professor Thomas Jepps commencing Summer 2021.

Our group and research
The Jepps Vascular Biology Group has a long-standing interest in how arterial tone is regulated and the molecular mechanisms that contribute to vascular diseases, such as hypertension and atherosclerosis. Recently, the Jepps lab has been interested in the role of the microtubule network in smooth muscle cells of the arterial wall.

Project description

The aim of this project is to reveal the role of kinesin motor proteins in vascular smooth muscle by determining cargo proteins that are transported by these microtubule motors. The project will use a plethora of molecular biology techniques to determine proteins that are dependent on kinesin trafficking, followed by functional techniques to assess the physiological impact of these associations.

This position is intended for an ambitious and talented individual interested in applying their skills to the discipline of vascular physiology. Applicants should have prior knowledge and experience of working with either the microtubule network or within vascular physiology. This PhD will incorporate techniques such as, mass spectrometry, immunostaining with super-resolution microscopy, Western blotting, immunoprecipitations and quantitative PCR.  Experience with any of these techniques should be emphasised. Additional desirable skills include experience working with rodents, arterial dissection and myography. You will be expected to work closely with other members of a growing team, therefore excellent communication skills are essential.

Applicants should hold, or be close to completing, an MSc within a relevant field of physiology, pharmacology or a related discipline.

You will be required to:

  • Work with the principal supervisor to manage your own academic research and administrative activities;
  • Be creative and contribute intellectually to the project, including generating new ideas and defining how you would test your theories in order to give new insights into the project;
  • Adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols;
  • Collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports and journal articles;
  • Represent the research group at external meetings/seminars, either with other members of the group or alone;
  • Attend PhD courses to obtain the necessary ECTS points.
  • Undertake a limited amount of teaching of undergraduate medical students, usually in the form of practical or tutorial exercises.

Principal supervisor isAssociate Professor Thomas Jepps  

Start:                (Flexible) August-September 2020

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
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project e.g. physiology

Other important criteria are:

  • Genuine motivation to uncover novel physiological mechanisms in the field of vascular biology
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set

Language skills

The applicant should be comfortable speaking English at a high level, enabling them to confidently present at conferences and discuss complex scientific ideas without being restricted by language.

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department 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 strong national and international network of collaborators.  

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 during an initial three-month employment as a research assistant.

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 agree¬ment 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 27.568 DKK /approx. 3.707 EUR (February 2021-level) plus pension.

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the Assistant Professor Thomas Jepps.

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:  Monday 15th 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.

Interviews will be conducted and an appointment made before the end of May 2020.

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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