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20 PhD Positions Fully Funded at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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University of Copenhagen, Denmark invites online Application for number of   PhD Positions at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Positions available at University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.


(01) PhD Position – Fully Funded

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.

Deadline : 04-08-2024

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(02) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–PhD position in newborn infectious diseases and therapeutics at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

We seek to appoint a highly motivated and dynamic PhD student interested in immunology, vaccines and the development of novel therapeutics for infected newborn infants. The candidate should have good background in immunology or biomedicine, and research experience in animal models of infectious/inflammatory diseases and cellular/molecular analyses. The successful candidate will be affiliated to the research group in Cellular and Molecular Pediatrics, Section for Comparative Pediatrics and Nutrition, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. The position commences on 1 December 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Deadline : 31 July 2024

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(03) PhD Position – Fully Funded

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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(04) PhD Position – Fully Funded

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.

Deadline :  June 12, 2024

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(05) PhD Position – Fully Funded

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.

Deadline : 10 June 2024,

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(06) PhD Position – Fully Funded

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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(07) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Microbiology and Phage Delivery Engineering

During the last decade it has become evident that a range of complex diseases are associated with gut microbiome (GM) imbalances, amongst other metabolic syndrome, colon cancer, autism spectrum disorders, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This makes the GM an attractive therapeutic target for faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), but widespread use of FMT is unlikely due to inconsistent treatment outcomes and the risk of infection by bacteria and human viruses that are transferred along with the donor material. Recent studies point at the bacterial viruses (bacteriophages, in short phages) as the driving element for successful FMT. The PhageX project is based on the bold hypothesis that phage transplantation not only can have same effect as FMT, but it can also be transformed into a reproducible production of safe phage therapeutics that warrant low risk of infection of pathogenic bacteria and human viruses from the donor material. Both in vitro simulations of gut conditions and animal models will be applied to evaluate the methodologies. Although IBD will be used as a proof-of-concept case, PhageX will open a myriad of possibilities to cure various GM-related diseases with minimal risk for the patient and thereby replacing FMT with a next-generation phage-mediated therapy.

Deadline : 31 May 2024

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(08) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–PhD in Asylum Decision-Making and the Reception of International Rulings

Over the past few years, several international courts have faced critique by policymakers for developing international law too dynamically. Consequently, scholarly literature argued that we are entering a period of backlash, with states actively trying to hedge against the domestic impact of international rulings. Yet, little is known about how – and under what conditions – interpretive shifts are accepted or resisted within the day-to-day work of domestic legal systems. The research project ANCHOR, led by Associate Professor Nora Stappert and funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, focuses on international refugee and migration law to understand the reception of international rulings: While an area of frequent political contestation, there also has been a significant increase in international case law in this field. The project draws on an extensive dataset of case law from the Danish Refugee Appeals Board (Flygtningenævnet) and combines legal doctrinal and computational methods.

Deadline : 26 May 2024

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(09) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Drug Delivery ILnext: Unravelling the potential of ionic liquids as next generation cutaneous drug delivery systems

Overcoming the skin barrier remains a persistent challenge, despite decades of research. The outermost layer of the skin, known as the stratum corneum (SC), serves as the primary barrier through a densely packed multilayer of corneocytes surrounded by lipids. However, transdermal drug delivery presents a significant opportunity in medical practice, offering not only localized treatment but also serving as an attractive alternative to oral delivery and injectables due to its ease of administration and patient compliance.

To fully harness the potential of cutaneous drug delivery, it is essential to comprehend the physicochemical properties of the applied drug delivery systems (DDS), the skin barrier, and the interfacial interaction between them, including their biological implications. Despite ongoing research, a substantial knowledge gap persists regarding how the physicochemical properties of the skin correlate with cutaneous drug delivery and specific DDSs.

Deadline : May 26nd 2024

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(10) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–PhD Fellowship in Pre-clinical Medicine at the Department of Experimental Medicine (AEM)

Preclinical pain research is still heavily reliant on animal experiments. Cell cultures feel no pain, and we still do not have good computer models for simulating pain signaling. Consequently, although it is an expressed goal to reduce pain and suffering in laboratory animals within the EU, we still find that a number of animals need to experience pain. But there are situations where we might be able to replace animal studies with something smarter. With hundreds of studies on just about every aspect of pain being published each year there is a broad, pre-existent, evidence base that we can probe for answers to new questions. In essence, we may sometimes be able to answer questions regarding animal pain without causing it.

When researchers want to test a new painkiller that could help patients suffering from, for example, chronic pain, they often find themselves struggling to find an appropriate way of testing it in animals. A rat cannot tell us what it is feeling. Moreover, there are different pains – sharp pain is different from dull pain, aching pain is different from soreness – and similarly the tests we use in animals investigate different types of pain and different aspects of pain. So which one should we use? Do we test an evoked pain response, by stimulating the affected area, or do we instead study the rat’s behavior to see how affected it is from its pain? Which one tells us if our new painkiller is effective? Often we see researchers trying all of the tests, covering all bases. But what if we could use previous evidence to point to the right tests? Here, combining evidence from previously published studies using methods like network meta-analysis could spare droves of rats from suffering in tests that will ultimately not answer the researchers’ questions.

Deadline : 22 May, 2024

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(11) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in epidemiological modelling of mosquito borne disease transmission at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

The aim of the project is to develop basic mechanistic mathematical models to estimate the potential transmission intensity of various pathogens (number of infectious bites that may arise from each infected host). The project aims to produce 10 specific models for mosquito borne pathogens affecting public health (West Nile virus, Usutu virus, Rift Valley fever, Japanese encephalitis, Venezuelan-, Western- and Eastern equine encephalitis, Sindbis virus, Inkoo and mosquito borne tularemia). The models will be predominantly mechanistic rather than statistic, hence rather than fitting models to existing transmission data, the aim is to develop models that mimic the actual biological processes step for step. The emphasis is therefore on biology and epidemiology and not on statistics and advanced programming. 

Deadline : 21 May 2024

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(12) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–Two PhD Scholarships at The Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science (SODAS), University of Copenhagen

Who are we looking for?The Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science (SODAS;, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for two PhD candidates in Social Data Science, broadly defined. The PhD projects should deal with important problems and phenomena related to social (data) science. At SODAS, our research spans multiple vibrant areas in social data science. We are interested in a range of topics, anchored in an interest in understanding fundamental aspects of human behavior and life outcomes, such as education, mobility, environmental behavior, the science of science, social media consequences for politics, the social aspects of the climate change, or the impact of AI on society including its implementations. The PhD projects can relate to ongoing research by SODAS-researchers, but we similarly welcome applications suggesting projects complementing ongoing SODAS research activities. Examples of potential PhD topics are algorithmic fairness and respective policy evaluation, challenges of digitalization, computational hermeneutics and natural language processing, machine behavior, misinformation, social network analysis, or social data science method development and application. The PhD candidates are expected to address research questions using data and methods from computational/data/social data science such as using digital data, computational text analysis, computer vision, deep learning, machine learning, natural language processing, netnography, or network analysis.

Deadline :  20 May 2024

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(13) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in computed tomography in large animal (equine) orthopaedics

While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an excellent imaging modality for imaging tissues with high water content, like soft tissues and articular cartilage, low magnetic field MRI, as mostly used in equine practice, cannot detect mild or small lesions. Computed tomography (CT) allows for faster imaging and significantly better image fidelity for small objects. But, due to relatively similar X-ray attenuation of synovial fluid, soft tissues, and cartilage, CT is not able to detect lesions in articular cartilage and soft tissues (or early bone lesions characterized by bone oedema). The principal advantages of dual-energy CT (DECT) over conventional CT in the musculoskeletal setting relate to the additional information provided regarding tissue composition, artifact reduction, and image optimization. Within this PhD project the goal is to explore and establish the use of DECT in large animal (mainly equine) orthopaedics, e.g., for assessment of bone oedema in bone trauma or infection, detection of cartilage pathology, and/or diagnosis of soft tissue injuries.

Deadline : 20 May 2024,

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(14) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–PhD position in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Network (MSCA-DN) Training Position in the field of fertility and innovative technological applications

We are offering a PhD position at the DNRF Center for Chromosome Stability with the Hoffmann Group, commencing from 1 September 2024 or after agreement. The position is fixed term for 3 years and full time (37 working hour in average per week).

The candidate will be part of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Network (MSCA-DN) Training Network focusing on advancing fertility and reproduction through dedicated and innovative technological applications (AFRODITA;  

The position is open for talented young researchers with a master’s degree, who want to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical research. The project AFRODITA Doctoral Network (MSCA DN is funded from the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme under the MSCA Doctoral Network grant agreement Nº 101120126).

Deadline : 16 May 2024

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(15) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Cardiovascular Physiology with focus on cardiac ischemia and microvascular disease

In a large fraction of patients, ischemic heart disease is attributed to coronary microvascular dysfunction, a condition under the INOCA (Ischemia with No Obstructive Coronary Artery) umbrella. The project aims to identify mechanisms underlying microvascular dysfunction in INOCA through invasive mechanistic assessments of peripheral microvascular function in patients with cardiac ischemia, as well as by studies on a mouse model of coronary microvascular dysfunction. Moreover, the impact of exercise training on the disease and underlying mechanisms will be explored in both patients and animals.

Deadline : 15 May 2024

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(16) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–211-1804/24-2H PhD fellowship in conservation science

The overall aim of this PhD project is to develop and validate indicators for naturalness or ecosystem integrity, both in terms of biotic integrity, habitat-generating ecosystem processes and efficiency of legal protection in preventing threats to integrity. Transparent and auditable naturalness indicators are essential in conservation prioritization and in the assessment of goal attainment of area-based restoration actions. As a point of departure, the work will use the Danish Nature Indicator (, which is a nation-scale mapping of biotic integrity, legal protection and naturalness of key ecosystem processes. The key focus will be on developing and validating key indicators in an ameliorated nature indicator. This will be carried out through 1) Developing and validating indicators for the naturalness of hydrology and nutrient status from GIS layers and field assessments; 2) Developing and validating a simple indicator for the naturalness of diversification of carbon resources with succession (“ecospace expansion”); 3) Validating an indicator for the strictness and efficiency of legal protection measures and legal obligations that limits natural processes; 4) Validating indicators of ecosystem intactness in relation to reference conditions.

Deadline : O15 May 2024

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(17) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Food Microbiology

The successful candidate will be part of the research project “Data-driven design of synergistic microbial communities targeting high-quality plant-based food (MiCoP)”. The project is funded by the Novo Nordic Foundation – Plant2Food and carried out together with University of Wageningen, The Netherlands and several industrial partners. The overall goal of the project is the use of fermentation to enhance taste and nutritional properties of plant based food. Specifically, the project aims to introduce an AI framework to design microbial cultures for fermentation of Nordic varieties of pulses and to fulfil scientific knowledge gaps.

Deadline : 15 May 2024

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(18) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–PhD fellowship in Ancient DNA and Palaeoecology of Arctic Marine Mammals at the Globe Institute

The PhD project, as part of the Carlsberg Foundation funded project INTERACT, will examine the Holocene history of Arctic marine mammals, by investigating fossil specimens of several species (incl. beluga, bowhead, polar bear) with ancient DNA and stable isotope analysis. Specifically, your research would focus on investigating patterns of demographic change and shifts in foraging ecology. The fossil data will be understood in the context of the genomic diversity and structuring of contemporary populations. The project includes working in a clean lab environment for ancient DNA data generation, and bioinformatic processing and analysis of the data. The PhD student is expected to first-author papers in international peer-reviewed journals. The PhD student will work closely with collaborators in Canada and Greenland during the project, and with the other members of the Molecular Ecology and Global Climate Change group.

Deadline : 13 May 2024

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(19) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:– PhD fellowship in Trustworthy Machine Learning

As machine learning algorithms become increasingly prevalent in everyday life, needing substantial volumes of user data, it is critical to consider their societal impacts. This project aims to enhance the trustworthiness—encompassing privacy, fairness, and robustness—of contemporary machine learning algorithms, particularly when faced with inadequate data (e.g., noisy, unlabelled, biased, etc.). Consequently, this project will offer an opportunity to delve into a wide array of topics within modern machine learning, including differential privacy, semi- and self-supervised learning, robust machine learning techniques, and ensuring fairness within machine learning models.

Deadline : 13 May 2024

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(20) PhD Position – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title:–Computational researcher / PhD trainee wanted at the Center for Health Data Science

The overarching aim of the research project (and the PhD traineeship) is to develop and test new methods for creating synthetic health datasets that can be used to support projects in precision medicine, health IT, and AI methods development. Synthetic health datasets are generated datasets that should capture the complex patterns of real, restricted-access clinical datasets via deep learning, yet pose minimal risk to patient privacy. The PhD traineeship will be a part of an NNF-funded collaboration with researchers from Aalborg University at the Center for Clinical Data Science and the Department of Law, and include interaction with the established Sandbox network. Together we aim to develop synthetic health datasets via benchmarked generative AI workflows, privacy metrics based on Bayesian statistics, and a framework for GDPR compliance of the developed methods.

Deadline : 12 May 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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