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20 Fully Funded PhD Positions at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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Are you holding Master’s degree and ready to elevate your academic journey to the highest level? University of Copenhagen, Denmark, has announced a multiple fully funded PhD positions awaiting talented individuals like you. Don’t miss your chance to be part of our vibrant academic community. Explore the exciting PhD positions available and submit your application today!”

Candidates interested in fully funded PhD positions can check the details and may apply as soon as possible. 


(01) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellow in Geography, with a focus on urban expansion and encroachment on ecologically sensitive areas in African cities

The PhD fellowship is part of the research project “Urban encroachment – untangling drivers and dynamics of land-use transitions in ecologically sensitive areas” funded by a Sapere Aude: DFF Starting Grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The overarching aim of this project is to identify and promote more sustainable trajectories of urban expansion, which will allow African cities to accommodate rapidly growing populations, while preserving ecologically sensitive areas, benefiting from ecosystem services and building resilience to climate change. The research will entail a comparative case study of two rapidly growing cities – Accra in Ghana and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania – which have been characterized by extensive informal expansion in recent decades. The objectives of the research are to estimate the scale and magnitude of natural areas lost in urban expansion, to gain insights into the motivations and logics of diverse actors involved in land-use conversions within ecologically sensitive areas and to develop a comprehensive understanding of how urban governance arrangements shape encroachment dynamics. The project will combine analyses of satellite images and spatial data with in-depth fieldwork among local actors involved in land transactions, property investments and house construction within ecologically sensitive areas, as well as among urban planners, civil servants and policymakers involved in land governance, spatial planning and management of natural areas.

Deadline : 4th of September 2024

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(02) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Physics-Informed Data Analysis for Biosciences

This project revolves around improving data analysis of biophysical/biomedical data by combining physical modelling and deep learning. There is freedom to shape the precise problem by the candidates themselves, and  the formulation of new avenues of research is encouraged. Research areas could include computer vision, development of differentiable physical models, synthetic/differentiable image generation, regularization of simulation-to-reality gap,  probabilistic modelling,  expert knowledge in neural networks, etc.

Example projects which fall within the requirements of this PhD:

  1. Study and improvement of robustness of image regression to style transfers / learning style transfers from data.
  2. Synthetic training of neural networks for understanding dynamics of quantum dots in mouse brains [in collaboration with Dept. of Neuroscience].
  3. Extraction of biophysical models from videos of e.g. motile microorganisms.

Deadline : 4 August 2024

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(03) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Nutrition and Gut Microbiome Research

The project builds on our previous work suggesting that differences in gut microbiome community structures may affect energy extraction (Boekhorst et al. 2022; Microbiome Background video here:

The GutEnergy project will investigate whether differences in gut microbiome community structures affect excretion of dietary calories in faeces by conducting a human dietary intervention study and combining traditional faecal measurements, bomb calorimetry, and state-of-the-art omics technologies (i.e. microbiome and metabolomics).

In your role as PhD student, you will be in charge of writing the study protocol for approval to the Ethical Committee. Following approval, you will be responsible with the recruitment of study participants and for conducting  the controlled dietary intervention study, which includes examination visits and handling of biological samples. Furthermore, you will conduct liquid chromatography mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, bomb calorimetry, and microbiome analyses on collected biological samples. Finally, you will integrate microbiome, metabolomics, and faecal energy data, and write scientific publications.

Deadline : 4 August 2024

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(04) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD or Integrated MSc and PhD fellowship in Algorithms

The positions are available for period of 3-5 years, depending on your current education level as discussed further below, and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are to:

  • Manage and carry through your research project.
  • Complete and pass the MSc education in accordance with the curriculum of the MSc programme (only if you are attending the integrated MSc and PhD programme)
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS (1/2 full-term equivalent).
  • Teach and disseminate your research.
  • Participate in research exchange by working at another research institution, preferably abroad, for a few months.
  • Write scientific articles aimed at high-impact conferences and journals.
  • Write and defend your PhD thesis based on your research project.

Deadline :  July 15, 2024

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(05) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD positions in Theoretical Computer Science and/or Combinatorial Optimization

The MIAO research group has a unique profile in that we are doing cutting-edge research both on the mathematical foundations of efficient computation and on state-of-the-art practical algorithms for real-world problems. This creates a very special environment, where we do not only conduct in-depth research on different theoretical and applied topics, but where different lines of research cross-fertilise each other and unexpected and exciting synergies often arise. Much of the activities of the group revolve around powerful algorithmic paradigms such as, e.g., Boolean satisfiability (SAT) solving, Gröbner basis computations, integer linear programming, and constraint programming. This leads to classical questions in computational complexity theory—though often with new, fascinating twists—but also involves work on designing and coding up clever algorithms that can exploit the power of such paradigms in practice.

Deadline : 1 July 2024

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(06) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD Position: Shipping Decarbonization and Trade Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

This PhD position aims to examine some of these intricate interactions between shipping, trade and climate change law with a specific focus on the regulation of shipping GHG emissions post the 2023 IMO Revised Strategy. By elucidating on the regulatory frameworks, opportunities and challenges for carbon pricing, border adjustment mechanisms, green fuels development, ensuring a fair and equitable transition to net-zero, the research will contribute to inform the development of more effective and sustainable policies in the maritime sector and offer valuable insights into climate change governance. A more definite scope of research is to be defined with the selected candidate on the basis of qualifications and latest developments.

Deadline : 30 June 2024

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(07) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in novel peptide hormone discovery and exploration

We are seeking a highly motivated biologist or biochemist to join our research team in the discovery and exploration of novel peptide hormones using cell culture and mouse experiments. The successful candidate will play a key role in advancing our understanding of the endocrine system and metabolic regulation.

Deadline : 20. June 2024

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(08) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Accelerated Domestication

The PhD student will develop protocols for tissue culture, transformation and regeneration of perennial grasses. Selected target genes will hereafter be targeted by genome editing technology in order to deliver proof-of-concept for them being domestication genes.

We are looking for candidates within the field of molecular agriculture. The applicant should have experience in working in sterile conditions, in particular with plant tissue culture. Further, previous experience in plant transformation and characterization of transformants is preferable.

Deadline :  June 16, 2024

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(09) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–211-1833/24-2H PhD Project in High-Energy Heavy-ion physics (ALICE Experiment)

With the newly received ERC grant, the research group will develop a novel methodology using a new approach, a multi-particle cumulants technique. This will give unique insights into the initial geometric conditions, shape, size, and their correlations and fluctuations. To achieve this, we will measure various collision systems (129Xe, 16O, and proton) during the LHC Run 3. These pioneering measurements, and the resulting new analyses, will decisively advance our understanding of those crucial initial conditions, the platform upon which the analysis of the collision rests. The results of this ERC will make it possible to probe the precise nuclear structure of 129Xe, 16O at the LHC energies, a million times higher than the existing nuclear structure studies in low-energy nuclear physics.

Deadline :  June 15th, 2024

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(10) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Redox Enzymes for Conversion of Biomass

The ‘OxyMiST’ project is dedicated to advancing our understanding of carbon recycling in environments where oxygen is limited. The primary focus of the research will be to explore how variations in oxygen concentration affect the activity of microbial enzymes that are responsible for degradation of plant cell walls. The PhD candidate will play a crucial role in identifying and characterizing these enzymes, aiming to reveal new processes and whether these can be utilized for enhanced bioethanol production or CO2 capture

Nature is fundamentally about carbon recycling, and we have a pretty good understanding of the enzymes that make this happen at the surface where oxygen is easily available. It is more opaque when we dig in and oxygen becomes a sparse resource. Is it the same enzyme reactions but slower? Is it something new? Can we speed up the process and produce bioethanol, or slow it down to capture CO2?

Deadline : 13 June 2024

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(11) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–211-1830/24-2H PhD fellowship in Experimental Quantum Optics – neutral atoms

The project will focus on experimental development of a new platform for quantum physics with cold atoms coupled to nano-scale dielectric structures. The project is highly multidisciplinary and we expect that the PhD student will contribute to current research on single-atom transport and laser cooling, atomic qubit control and characterization, as well as advanced numerical simulations for atom trapping and nanophotonic integration.

An important goal will be to explore strong atom-atom interactions mediated by light propagating in carefully engineered nano-scale dielectric waveguides.

Deadline : June 12, 2024

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(12) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD position in Data-driven solution for sustainable food systems

The topical area for the research is the agri-food system that faces numerous challenges including those related to public health, individual nutrition, environmental impacts, food waste and overall food system sustainability. At present the interoperability and data sharing across agri-food supply networks is limited. However data has the potential can revolutionise decisions and planning in the food and nutrition sector and make an important contribution to more inclusive and sustainable food systems. Data can be used to inform stakeholders in making informed decisions on how to operate in a more sustainable and inclusive manner as well as facilitate end consumer to have better and informed decision. In this way, they can increase the efficiency of the food industry through the optimisation of relevant operations and the reduction of food waste, increase food literacy, promoting transparency and demonstrate their commitment to ethical and sustainable production. However data-sharing can raise ethical, legal and policy issues due to the Personal Data Protection regulations (eg. GDPR).

The PhD project should lead to contemporary solutions for urban food system planners to address food-nutrition and health related challenges by diving deep into the ethical, legal and policy framework on personal data sharing across agri-food chain, use of digital technologies for smart learning tools, and engagement, education and empowerment for citizens. The focus should be development of data-driven food literacy tools with gamification and possibly Artificial Intelligence (AI) concepts targeted to young people and their families, where reduction of  food waste and healthier food choices are considered as a representative examples

Deadline :  11 June 2024

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(13) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD Project in Transforming urban foodscapes and the role empowerment, education and engagement among the young generation

Food systems transformation is increasingly crucial in today’s society, and there is a particular emphasis on the role of cities as catalysts for change. While urban environments are often associated with problems and challenges, they also offer opportunities for innovative solutions. Cities are home to creative individuals, innovative businesses, and technological advancements. Additionally, urban areas are abundant in educational institutions, making them fertile ground for change agents, particularly young individuals. Consequently, it is not surprising that the belief in the potentials of Urban Food Strategy is gaining momentum.

Food has emerged as a significant concern in urban planning, alongside other key urban planning subjects such as mobility, energy, green infrastructure, water, public health, and waste management. These issues have been at the forefront of urban planning for over a century. In the current context of climate change, pandemics, and security threats, cities must address pressing issues such as food security, food resilience, localized production, climate-friendly food production practices that prioritize plant-based foods, reduction of food waste, and increased circularity in the food supply chains.

Deadline : 11 June 2024

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(14) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Structural Biology of Viral Replication at Biotech Research and Innovation Centre

You will investigate the structure and function of macromolecular complexes that drive Herpes simplex virus replication using in vitro reconstitution and single particle cryo-EM. Herpes simplex is one of the most widespread viral infections with currently no option for cure. Moreover, resistance to antiherpetic medication is emerging necessitating the search for new targets. A major caveat in developing anti-herpetic compounds is a lack of structural information of the herpes simplex replication system. Our mission is to generate these structural insights to foster a better understanding of the herpes simplex replication strategy. In this project, you will recombinantly purify components of the Herpes simplex replication machinery, reconstitute viral replication complexes in the test tube, and study their structure and function by single particle cryo-EM and functional biochemical assays.

We are equipped with state-of-the-art cell culture, protein purification and characterization instrumentation. Moreover, we have access to sample preparation equipment and electron microscopes at CFIM (Core Facility for Integrated Microscopy at the University of Copenhagen). This includes Leica GP2 and Vitrobot Mark IV vitrification devices, a Glacios TEM equipped with Falcon 3 DED, and a Krios G2 equipped with Falcon 4i DED and Selectris X imaging filter, as well as a Helios Hydra PFIB-SEM. EM data analysis will be performed on an in-house GPU cluster at CPR. Taken together, your project will profit from excellent infrastructure, and you will join a competitive, collaborative, and international work environment.

Deadline : 10 June 2024,

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(15) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Inorganic Chemistry

The PhD project will investigate the fundamental factors that determine decoherence in lanthanide coordination complexes with the aim that these materials are used as physical support for the implementation of Quantum Information Processing protocols. The PhD project concerns experimental and theoretical studies within molecular magnetic materials, including synthesis, characterisation and coherent dynamics studies.

Deadline : 9 June 2024

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(16) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD Fellowship in Spatial Algorithms for Morphogenetic Patterning in Biological and Artificial Systems

This PhD project aims to understand and manipulate the morphogenetic processes that form biological structures and apply these insights to the design of programmable, self-organizing artificial systems. By integrating the expertise of Risi’s  in artificial intelligence, and robotics, and Trusina’s lab in  biophysical modeling, and stem cell biology, this research seeks to create novel frameworks for guiding morphogenesis through the innovative concept of Spatial Reprogramming (SRP).

Work in morphogenetic engineering aims to create human-engineered systems with the desirable properties of natural morphogenesis,such as increased robustness, adaptability, and ability to self-repair.

In this project, we will focus on an easily manipulatable in vitro 2D gastrulation. The project will combine cell culture experiments, time-lapse and fixed-samples imaging,  and agent-based model of patterning during in vitro gastrulation.

Deadline :  9 June 2024,

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(17) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Biochemistry

The successful candidate will join the research group led by Dr. Pétur O. Heiðarsson, [email protected], working on understanding the interactions of pioneer transcription factors with chromatin and their link to cell reprogramming mechanisms. Key pluripotency transcription factors will be fluorescently labelled for single-molecule FRET experiments in vitro and used to construct molecular models of their complexes with reconstituted nucleosomes. NMR spectroscopy and various other biophysical methods will be used to complement the single-molecule studies.

Deadline :  9 June 2024

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(18) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Environmental Epidemiology Group at the Department of Public Health Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen

The fastest and most substantial cognitive development takes place during childhood, and exposure to environmental hazards during fetal and childhood growth may interfere with this development.

The overarching aim of the Childhood Environment and Cognition (CHENCO) study is to investigate to what extent pre- and postnatal exposure to air pollution and road traffic noise leads to poorer cognitive ability.

In a cohort of 1.1 million children born in Denmark, you will investigate the cognitive consequences of air pollution and road traffic noise. Data will be based on an internationally unique and innovative combination of high-quality data on historic air pollution and road traffic noise levels at home, daycare, and school, with data on school performance (ages 8-16) and intelligence from military conscription (age 18-20). You will examine the independent or joint effects of air pollution and road traffic noise on cognitive development and identify the most sensitive age windows and susceptible groups to the adverse effects of environmental pollutants.

The project is funded by The Carlsberg Foundation, and it covers a fully funded three-year PhD position from September 1, 2024, or after the agreement.

Deadline : June 9, 2024

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(19) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD Position in Stem Cells and Tissue Architecture at reNEW,

We are seeking an enthusiastic and outstanding candidate with a with a strong background in stem cells and tissue biology and microscope imaging. The candidate will develop protocols to generate, maintain and analyse 2D and 3D in vitro cell cultures from adult tissue-specific mouse and human stem cells of the lower urinary tract. The candidate will also optimise cutting-edge imaging acquisition and analysis methods to visualise stem cells in the mouse lower urinary tract via hystology and whole-munts. By combining clonal analysis to study cell fates dynamics, imaging and transcriptomic profiling, the candidate will master the underlying principles of tissue architecture maintenance.

Deadline :  7 June 2024

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(20) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellow in human stem cell biology and metabolism

A PhD position is available in the group of Jan Żylicz at reNEW. The team studies fundamental mechanisms of early mammalian development and stem cell biology. The Żylicz group wants to understand how metabolic and epigenetic mechanisms cooperate to regulate transcription during early development. In particular the team is interested in how metabolism regulates histone modifiers, and how these in turn affect lineage choice and embryo growth at around the time of implantation. To achieve this, the group utilizes both in vivo mouse models as well as in vitro human stem cell culture systems and state-of the-art ultrasensitive transcriptomic, epigenomic and metabolomic techniques. This PhD project will combine these methods with biochemical and mechanistic analysis in human 2D and 3D stem cell models. Starting date for this position is the 1 September 2024, or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

Deadline : 7 June 2024

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About The University of Copenhagen, Denmark – Official Website

The University of Copenhagen is a public research university in Copenhagen, Denmark. Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the second-oldest university in Scandinavia, and ranks as one of the top universities in the Nordic countries and Europe.

Its establishment sanctioned by Pope Sixtus IV, the University of Copenhagen was founded by Christian I of Denmark as a Catholic teaching institution with a predominantly theological focus. In 1537, it was re-established by King Christian III as part of the Lutheran Reformation. Up until the 18th century, the university was primarily concerned with educating clergymen. Through various reforms in the 18th and 19th century, the University of Copenhagen was transformed into a modern, secular university, with science and the humanities replacing theology as the main subjects studied and taught.

The University of Copenhagen consists of six different faculties, with teaching taking place in its four distinct campuses, all situated in Copenhagen. The university operates 36 different departments and 122 separate research centres in Copenhagen, as well as a number of museums and botanical gardens in and outside the Danish capital. The University of Copenhagen also owns and operates multiple research stations around Denmark, with two additional ones located in Greenland. Additionally, The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the public hospitals of the Capital and Zealand Region of Denmark constitute the conglomerate Copenhagen University Hospital.



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