PhD fellow in Human/Molecular Physiology

Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Sports, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Human/Molecular Physiology commencing 01.03.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment. 

The molecular physiology section focuses on how regulation of energy metabolism influences health and prevents development of disease. We focus on the interaction between physical activity, exercise training and nutrition. It is well known that regular physical activity and nutrition is important for maintaining health yet the underlying molecular mechanisms are not known but likely include regulation of energy metabolism particularly in muscle as well as cross-talk between muscle and other organs. We research from “molecule to man” including techniques of molecular biology, transgenic organisms and human beings.


Project description

This PhD project has focus on human experimentation elucidating the interplay between exercise and insulin action. The project will involve healthy lean subjects as well as obese insulin resistant subjects. Blood and tissue sampling allows biochemical and advanced omics analyses defining muscular adaptions to exercise key to the insulin sensitization effect of exercise.

Principal supervisor is Professor, MD, Jørgen Wojtaszewski, Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Sports,, Direct Phone: 28751625

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 a Master degree in Medicine, and have authorization to work independently as medical doctor in Denmark. The applicant must have experience with human invasive experimentation and be skilled in human femoral catheterization and in taking human tissue biopsies. The applicant must have 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.

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.


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: 19 December 2018
Unit: Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: Institut for Idræt og ernæring
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Wednesday December 19th, 2018