PhD fellow in Child Nutrition and Health

Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in child nutrition commencing 01.02.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment 

The successful candidate will join a research environment in the section Paediatric and International Nutrition, that is internationally leading within randomized dietary trials in children:

Project description

The PhD student will be connected to the project D-pro – effects of milk protein and vitamin D on children’s growth and health, which is a collaboration between University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and Arla, funded by Arla Food for Health:

The PhD candidate will investigate the combined and separate effects of vitamin D and milk protein intake on growth, bone health, cardiometabolic risk markers and other health outcomes in children. As part of this, you will coordinate and conduct a large, randomized controlled 2×2 factorial trial among 200 Danish 6-8-year-old children. This includes development of questionnaires and study procedures, recruitment and information meetings, child examinations and DXA scans, data handling, statistical analyses, writing of scientific articles and participation in conferences and meetings. You will work in close collaboration with a PhD student from Aarhus University and a team of master students, dieticians and bio-technicians.

Skills and experiences highly desired for the position: 

•Knowledge and skills within nutrition, bone health, child growth and cardiovascular health

•Research or professional experience with randomized trials and/or with children and parents

•Strong statistical skills and experience within linear models

•Enthusiasm and good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work and collaborate with others, including the supervision and mentoring of postgraduate students

•A curious and structured team player that can manage the project from start to end, but also add new ideas and scientific value

•Strong scientific writing skills

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Camilla T. Damsgaard,  +45 35332221. Co-supervisor is Professor Christian Mølgaard,  +45 35332516.

Job description 

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

•To manage and carry through your research project

•Attend PhD courses

•Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis

•Teach and disseminate your research

•To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad

•Work for the department

Formal requirements 

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in nutrition, medicine, public health, biology or comparable, with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. Applicants must speak and read Danish in order to work with the participating children and their parents.

Terms of employment 

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 312.879 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.219). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure 

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include 

•Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project as well as which scientific perspectives you see in it.


•Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)

•Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),

•Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 29 October 2018, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor Camilla T. Damsgaard,  +45 35332221.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


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.

Deadline: 29 October 2018
Unit: Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
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Post expires on Monday October 29th, 2018