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University of Southern Denmark

PhD position within Model-Based Robot Control

SDU Robotics, part of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, , University of Southern Denmark (SDU), invites applications for one or more fully-funded PhD position(s) in the area of robot control and easy programming of robots for industrial automation. The position will be vacant from 1 February 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter, and is for a 3-year period. Main work location is Odense/Denmark.

Research environment
The candidate will be integrated in the unit SDU Robotics that is at the core of the Odense Robotics Cluster involving 130+ startups and established companies in robotics. We are specialized in robot solutions involving modelling, simulation and control of advanced robot technologies for industrial, welfare and medical applications.

The group is involved in a variety of national and European projects and features a strong network of academic and industrial partners. We solve challenging research problems from real applications and implement novel robot solutions. In particular, the candidate will contribute to developing control algorithms in relation to the MADE FAST project.

About the PhD project
The PhD project focuses on robot control and easy programming of robots for industrial automation. In particular, modelling and control strategies for robots in contact with the environment should be developed. The idea is to parameterize the control strategies based on the environment models. The PhD candidate should be working in the research project MADE FAST which focuses on robot control strategies derived from CAD data of the task to be completed. During the project, the developments should be validated on various use cases in laboratory environments.

About the candidate 
We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious PhD fellow with a solid background in robotics and experience with force control and motion planning. The candidate is expected to have a Master’s degree (equivalent to a Danish master’s degree) in Robotics or similar. The candidate should be fluent in English (written and spoken) and should be comfortable working in a team as well as independently and quickly acquire knowledge in new topics. The ideal candidate is competent to acquire skills to conduct high-quality research and present and publish the outcome of the project at conferences and scientific journals. The candidate is expected to take part in the teaching activities of the SDU Robotics.

Contact information
Further information about this position is available via email from Associate Professor Christoffer Sloth chsl@mmmi.sdu.dk.

If you experience technical problems you must contact support-sdujob@sdu.dk.

Conditions of employment
Applicants are required to have a master’s degree (equivalent to a Danish master’s degree) at the time of enrollment and employment. Employment as a PhD fellow is a 3-year salaried position (start salary amounts to approx. 3.378,- EURO per month incl. supplements).

Employment of a PhD fellow can only happen after the Head of the PhD School has approved the candidate for admission to the PhD school. Employment and enrollment will cease without further notice at the end of the period.

A PhD fellow is not allowed to have any kind of sideline employment, while enrolled as PhD fellow at the faculty.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at SDU in accordance with Faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order), read more here.

The assessment process
Read about the Assessment and selection process. Shortlisting may be used. Shortlisted applicants will be assessed by an assessment panel.

Application procedure
The Faculty expects applicants to read the Faculty information for prospective PhD students and How to apply before applying.

The application deadline is 17.12.2020.

The application must be in English and must include – the required forms must be found at the above mentioned Faculty website:

  • Completed TEK PhD application form for 5+3 applicants.
  • Motivation letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. 2 pages). Upload in the field called “Project description”.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae, describing research, publication and teaching experience, computational skills and including personal contact information.
  • Verified copies of the official bachelor diploma and master’s diploma and transcripts of exams, both original and translated into English.
  • Completed TEK PhD form for calculation grade point average. Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”.
  • An official document describing the grading scheme of the awarding universities (if not Danish). Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”.
  • An official and verified written assessment of the thesis or dissertation project from the grade giving institution, if the thesis/examination project is evaluated by approved/passed. The statement must clearly state that the candidate has been among the top 30 pct. in the graduation class for the study programme.
  • References, if any. You’re welcome to use the form for reference letter at the Faculty website.
  • List of publications and maximum 2 examples of relevant publications, if available. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication.

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

Deadline: 17 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Engineering
Campus: Odense
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Post expires on Thursday December 17th, 2020

Postdoctoral Fellows in Quantum Mathematics

The Centre for Quantum Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Southern Denmark  (SDU) invites applications for a number of two to three year positions as postdoctoral fellow with emphasis on pure mathematics with relations to quantum theory. 

There are more than one funding source including several national Danish sources as well as the the ERC-Synergy Grant “Recursive and Exact New Quantum Theory (ReNewQuantum)” with Corresponding PI and QM Director Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen.

The targeted starting date of the position is 1 August 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. Application deadline: 17 January 2021.

The Centre for Quantum Mathematics (QM) is located at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science , Faculty of Science on the international campus in Odense, Denmark. QM is newly established with the ambition to create a highly international and interdisciplinary group within a broad spectrum of pure mathematics and mathematical physics. Odense is a fast-growing international community with an open Scandinavian culture, affordable housing and living costs.

The postdoc positions associated with the ERC Synergy project ReNewQuantum are expected to be able to contribute to the (WP) regarding resurgence and quantum corrections, Quantum Field Theory and Moduli Space theory as well as a fourth WP on education, outreach and science communication.

The postdoc positions funded by national Danish sources are in pure mathematics, but also within the field of applications of pure mathematics in the study of biology, in particular macro-molucular folding and pure mathematics applications in big data analysis.

Job description / requirements
A successful candidate will drive internationally competitive research and collaborate with the world community in the field. The selected candidate is expected to contribute to QM’s excellent research and teaching environment.

The candidate must have a PhD degree in algebra, algebraic geometry, differential geometry, algebraic topology, complex geometry, quantum topology, geometric analysis, operator algebra, number theory or mathematical physics. Furthermore the candidate must have an emerging research track in the field. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate, who works and communicates well in an international team. The candidate must be able to carry out independent and rigorous work at top international level.

Contact information
Further information is available from the Head of the Centre, Professor Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen (jea@sdu.dk). 

One of the positions is subject to the entry into force of grant agreement no 810573 by and between The University of Southern Denmark and European Research Council (ERC) and thereby funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

Application, salary etc.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The application must include the following:
• A curriculum vitae including information on previous employment.
• Certificates/diplomas (MSc and PhD) – Danish or English
• Research statement
• A full list of publications stating the scientific publications on which the applicant wishes to rely.
• At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: anc@sdu.dk mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

To qualify you must have passed a PhD or equivalent. Applications will be assessed by an expert assessor/committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

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

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Further information for international applicants considering applying for a job at the University of Southern Denmark. Please take a look at the webpage from our International Staff Office (ISO) at The University of Southern Denmark.

Deadline: 17 January 2021
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Odense
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Post expires on Sunday January 17th, 2021

PhD scholarship within Management of People at the Department of Marketing & Management

The Department of Marketing & Management invites applications for one 3-year position as PhD Student in the research area of Management of People. The position is vacant from 1. January 2021 or soon after. The position is located at several workplaces.

Job description
As part of the PhD programme, an individual education programme within the field of marketing and management has to be completed. The successful candidate will be expected to complete a six-month stay at a research institution abroad and, over the period of the programme, to acquire experience of teaching or other types of presentation. S/he will also be expected to participate in the various activities within the department.
Research within the Department is anchored in an understanding of the cooperation between markets, organizations and individuals. It encompasses a variety of areas from evolutionary models of organization to new exotic forms of consumption. It is the ambition of the Department to be in the international frontline in these areas and to seek synergy between research, teaching and knowledge dissemination. Research at the Department is organized in five research units. See the Department website www.sdu.dk/imm for more details.
The successful applicant is expected to hand in a research proposal that fits the agenda and profile of the Management of People group. Furthermore, the applicant is expected to contribute with teaching and knowledge exchange besides delivering research outputs at the highest possible level. Further information about the research group can be found here. 
For further information, please contact Head of Department Jeanette Lemmergaard, telephone: +45 65503372 or email: jla@sdu.dk.

Application, salary, etc.
Your employment as a Salaried PhD Research Fellow is governed by the agreement of 10 November 2015 on Graduate Employees in government appendix 5 – protocol on PhD Research Fellows. The scholarship runs for three years.

For more information on the department guidelines for qualification and recruitment please visit our web.
An application must include:

  • Detailed CV – if possible including publications and teaching experiences
  • A certified copy of your master’s degree certificate including all examination results
  • Application form (please see below)
  • A project description (max 5 pages of 2400 characters each, including spaces, notes, appendices, bibliography etc.)
  • An abstract for the above project description of no more than 250 words
  • The abstract must clearly state the research area, objectives and methods of the project.
  • The abstract must contain a well-motivated suggestion for a supervisor among faculty at the Department of Marketing & Management – see list of employees here: Employees (sdu.dk)

When applying for a PhD scholarship, please fill in the application form available on our web page. On the webpage of the PhD-school, you can find the guidelines for preparing your project proposal within the PhD programme in Business Administration.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.
Applications will be assessed by a committee. When the evaluation committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her.
The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. The appointments committee will manage and complete the job interviews, should such be conducted.
Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied.
Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.
Read the guideline for applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.
Deadline: 14 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Business and Social Sciences
Campus: Odense
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Post expires on Monday December 14th, 2020

PhD Scholarship within Phosphorus Turnover in Lakes and Wetlands

A three-year PhD position is available at the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. The start date is 1 February 2021. Application deadline: 24 December 2020.

Project background

Freshwater lakes throughout the world are in poor condition, mainly due to decades of heavy nutrient pollution. The main cause of poor water quality is excess phosphorus (P), which is an essential nutrient for all living organisms and causes excessive growth of phytoplankton, leading to poor water quality and loss of biodiversity in our lakes.

On land, there is a very different challenge. Here P is a valuable fertilizer for global food production and at the same time a limited resource being mined from P rich rocks located in very few countries. Hence, there has been an increasing focus on reusing P from e.g. sewage sludge and other waste products, and in general, promoting a more P sustainable attitude in society. This way of circular thinking will now permeate to lake management, where we will co-think lake restoration and P recycling by removing P from the lakes and bring it back on the fields where it is needed.  However, there might be challenges in addition to other added values associated with a circular P approach for lakes. Hence, e.g. too high concentrations of heavy metals in sediment might hinder the application of lake sediments to the fields, whereas a reduced emission of greenhouse gases after a sediment removal might provide added value to lake restoration.

Qualifications
We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious candidate with an MSc degree in biology. The candidate will be in charge of a two-year monitoring campaign in the Danish Lake Ormstrup. The overall aim is to correlate sonar mapping to general sediment characteristics, obtained by detailed high-resolution sediment core sampling to “ground truth” the sonar data. The selected candidate will be responsible for monitoring seasonal changes in nutrients, metals, and gases in the lake sediment, by various methods (e.g. modified sequential extraction protocols, 31P NMR analysis, diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT´s), and sediment GHG analyses). In addition, the establishment of macrophytes depends on different sediment conditions such as density, organic content, lability, and oxygen availability, and the selected candidate will use the sonar data to track the distribution and development of macrophytes and correlate the sonar data with sediment conditions optimal for macrophyte growth.

The PhD scholarship covers the area of aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, and chemistry and will be aligned with ongoing research at the Freshwater Ecology group at the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark. The candidate will be part of a group working with P and carbon turnover and greenhouse gas emissions from wetlands, streams, and lakes, which will ensure a fruitful research environment.

Experience with freshwater ecology and good English language skills will be required. The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant; i.e. publications will be a strong asset. A driver’s license is needed so please include documentation in the application.

The selected PhD candidate will be appointed to the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark with the main supervisor Kasper Reitzel (reitzel@biology.sdu.dk), and co-supervisor Theis Kragh (University of Southern Denmark).

For further information please contact Associate Professor Kasper Reitzel, tel.: +45 6550 2774, e-mail: reitzel@biology.sdu.dk.

Application, salary etc.
Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

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

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
• A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box “Application form”)
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
• At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: anc@sdu.dk mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Deadline: 24 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Odense
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Thursday December 24th, 2020

PhD Scholarship within Phosphorus Recovery from Sediments and Wastewater Sludge

A three-year PhD position is available at the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. The start date is 1 February 2021, or soon thereafter. Application deadline: 16 December 2020.

Project background
In general, most of the European lakes are in poor conditions, primarily due to excess phosphorus (P) added to the catchment. In addition, P is a non-renewable resource essential as fertilizer to ensure sufficient food production. Phosphorus in Danish wastewater is estimated to cover 15-25 % of the Danish demand and consequently constitutes an important source for P recovery and recycling. But a P circular approach should also apply to other systems where P accumulate. Lake sediments contain large amounts of P and may therefore potentially be suitable fertilizers for crops. However, recent findings demonstrate that a major part of the P in sewage sludge and sediments can be sequestered by various iron (Fe) compounds, which may affect the bioavailability of the associated P contained in these waste products.  

Qualifications
We are looking for a motivated candidate to study the plant availability of P in e.g. lake sediments and wastewater sludge by conducting plant experiments and diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT´s) analysis. Furthermore, the selected candidate will pursue speciation of P and Fe species by different analytical chemical techniques, such as e.g. 31P NMR spectroscopy, P-K edge XANES and modified extraction techniques. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in P chemistry and preferably also plant ecology. The candidate should be independent and able to communicate fluently in English, have good writing skills as well as possess good interpersonal skills.

The PhD scholarship covers the area of biogeochemistry and analytical chemistry and will be aligned with ongoing research at the Freshwater Ecology group at the Department of Biology and the Inorganic Chemistry group at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark.

The selected PhD candidate will be appointed to the Department of Biology, at the University of Southern Denmark with the main supervisor Kasper Reitzel (reitzel@biology.sdu.dk) from this department and co-supervisors Theis Kragh, Department of Biology; Ulla Gro Nielsen from the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy and David W O’Connell from the University of Dublin (TCD). The selected candidate is expected to spend between one to six months at the University of Dublin during the project.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Kasper Reitzel, e-mail: reitzel@biology.sdu.dk.

Application, salary etc.
Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

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

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
• A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box “Application form”)
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
• At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: anc@sdu.dk mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Deadline: 16 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Odense
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Wednesday December 16th, 2020

Two postdocs in evidence-based medicine and clinical research methodology

Two postdoc positions (50% time) are available at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Odense (CEBMO), Odense University Hospital and University of Southern Denmark.

The postdoc positions are for two years, starting January 1, 2021, with possibility of extension.

The positions involve research within the area of ​​interest of the center (50% time), pre-graduate and postgraduate guidance and teaching (40% time) and administration (10% time).

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine Odense (CEBMO) is located at Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark. The centre houses the secretariat of the Cochrane Bias Methods Group, which advises the Cochrane collaboration on bias in randomized trials and systematic reviews. As of January 1, 2021, CEBMO will be closely affiliated with Cochrane Denmark, so knowledge of Cochrane and Cochrane Reviews will be an advantage.

We expect you to have a relevant doctoral degree and a research interest in evidence-based medicine and clinical research methodology. Please include in the application a research plan, a publication list and 3 core publications. We encourage non-Danish speakers to apply.

The person employed as a postdoc will refer to the head of the center, Professor Asbjørn Hróbjartsson, from whom a full job description and further information can be obtained at asbjorn.hrobjartsson@rsyd.dk

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Applications – including the required attachments – must be sent via the below-mentioned link “Apply online”. Only online applications will be accepted. Attached files must be Adobe PDF or Word format. Each field in the application form can contain up to max. 10 Mb.

Only applications written in English will be accepted for evaluation.

The application must contain (as pdf.- or docx.-files):

• an application
• a detailed CV
• degree certificates (inclusive of Ph.D.-diploma)
• a complete and numbered list of publications
• 3 scientific publications considered by the applicant to the most important for this position. Please notice that one pdf.- or docx.-file must be attached for each publication.
• a teaching portfolio detailing the candidate’s prior teaching experience, teaching skills, and teaching philosophy
• a research plan detailing the candidate’s ideas and plans for her/his future research work.

Incomplete applications with regard to the above-mentioned requirements will not be assessed.

Only some applications may be shortlisted.

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

Deadline: 6 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Health Sciences
Campus: Odense
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Sunday December 6th, 2020

Postdoc Position in Lattice Field Theory

The Lattice gauge theory group at CP3-Origins, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), invites applications for one postdoctoral research associate position in lattice gauge theory.
The starting date should ideally be before 1 September 2021. Application deadline: 10 December 2020. The appointment is for two years.

The position is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) through the Research Project grant ‘The muon g-2 beyond hadronic leading order’ held by Associate Professor Michele Della Morte. 

Currently, the faculty members in the lattice field theory group are: Associate Professor Michele Della Morte, Assocate Professor John Bulava, Assistant Professor Benjamin Jaeger, Professor Claudio Pica, and Professor Francesco Sannino. Other members are Justus Tobias Tsang (Marie Curie fellow), Felix Ziegler (postdoc) and Enrico Fiorenza (PhD student).

Candidates should have a PhD title in Physics or Mathematics with experience in Quantum Field Theory, High Performance Computing and Monte Carlo Simulations.
The PhD title must have been obtained, at the earliest, four years before the application deadline. This four years limit may be extended by the length of any maternity/paternity leave, military service, humanitarian aid, etc. completed during the period. In connection with maternity leave, the candidate will be able to extend the four years by the actual leave period multiplied by two.

Inquires can be sent to Michele Della Morte, dellamor@cp3.sdu.dk.

Application, salary etc.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The application must include the following:
• A curriculum vitae including information on previous employment.
• A full list of publications stating the scientific publications on which the applicant wishes to rely.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

To qualify you must have passed a PhD or equivalent. Applications will be assessed by an expert assessor/committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

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

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Deadline: 10 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Odense
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Thursday December 10th, 2020

Declaration of interest regarding PhD project in the field of neuroimaging

The Research Unit in Psychiatry at the department of Clinical Research, SDU is looking for applicants for a PhD scholarship within the field of neuroimaging.

We are looking for a qualified candidate with an MSc degree in medical science or an MD.

Research environment
The project will be carried out at the Research Unit of Psychiatry, department of Clinical Research, SDU in collaboration with the Nuclear Medicine Dept. of Odense University Hospital.

Project description
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of complex disorders of neurodevelopment.
At least some forms of autism would be caused by a disproportionately high level of excitation (or weaker inhibition) in neural circuits that mediates language and social behavior (local circuits).
An imbalance between excitation and inhibition could be due to an increase in glutamatergic signaling (excitatory) or reduced inhibitory gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic signaling.

The purpose of this study is to use in vivo PET imaging to investigate the role of glucose metabolism, dopaminergic and serotonergic neurotransmission system in the brains of patients with ASD underlying the neuropathology of autism and compare them to the population of the healthy aged-matched subjects

For more information please contact prof. Tanja michel (tmichel@health.sdu.dk) or assoc. prof. Manouchehr Vafaee (mvafaee@health.sdu.dk).

Applications must include:
• At letter stating the interest, motivation and qualifications for the project (max. 2 pages) ) – upload under “Application form”.
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Certified copy of diploma (Master’s degree in a relevant field or MD)

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”.
Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

Closing date: December 15th 2020

Successful candidates will be asked to send an application to the PhD Secretariat, Faculty of Health Sciences, to be enrolled as PhD students.

The PhD programme will be carried out in accordance with Faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order)

The terms of employment as a salaried PhD Research Fellow are stated in the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

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

Deadline: 15 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Health Sciences
Campus: Odense
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Tuesday December 15th, 2020

PhD research fellow in chronic inflammatory diseases

A position as PhD research fellow is available in the Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Odense and at the University Hospital of Southern Jutland, Aaabenraa, within the following PhD project: “Prognostic factors and personalized medicine in chronic inflammatory diseases (CID); a prospective cohort study on factors predicting treatment response (BELIEVE)“. The position is to be filled by September 1, 2019 or soon thereafter. Application deadline: July 29, 2019.

PhD enrolment at the Faculty of Health Sciences, SDU, is a prerequisite for the employment.

You will be the principle person for coordinating the activities between the hospital departments for the recruitment and planning the research activities. You will be affiliated to the Department of Molecular Medicine and the University Hospital of Southern Jutland experiencing both a hospital research as well as a university research environment. You will be part of a small, ambitious, research team with various backgrounds (molecular biology, doctor, nurse, health research). You will be in close contact with other PhD students.

SUMMARY AND AIM OF PROJECT

Chronic inflammatory diseases (CID) are frequently treated with biologic medications, specifically TNF inhibitors ). These medications inhibit the pro-inflammatory molecule tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α, which has been strongly implicated in the aetiology of these diseases. Up to one-third of patients do not, however, respond to biologics, and lifestyle factors are assumed to effect treatment outcomes. The aim of this PhD project is to identify lifestyle factors and biomarkers that may help improving treatment outcome.

Methods and analysis:

This prospective cohort study will enrol 320 CID patients who are prescribed a TNFi between June 2017 and March 2021. Included among the CID patients will be patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), rheumatic disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis), and inflammatory skin diseases (psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa). Patients will be investigated at baseline (pre-treatment) and 2, 6, and 14-16 weeks after treatment initiation. Clinical information includes patient-reported outcome measures, clinical assessments of disease activity, quality of life, and lifestyle, in addition to registry data on comorbidity and concomitant medication(s). Biological sample include blood, urine, faeces, intestinal biopsies. For each disease, evaluation of successful treatment response will be based on established primary and secondary endpoints, including disease-specific core outcome sets. Investigated covariates are: diet, including meat and fibre intake, and selected inflammatory biomarkers.

Statistics:

We will explore whether any of the covariates help the clinicians to predict who will respond to therapy by using logistic regression.

Ethics and dissemination:

The study is approved by the Ethics Committee (S-20160124) and the Danish Data Protecting Agency (2008-58-035). Study findings will be disseminated through peer-reviewed journals, patient associations, and presentations at international conferences.

Grant number for the SYSCID project is 733100.

Trial Registration details: ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03173144.

Further information:

Signe Bek Sørensen, postdoc, signe.bek.sorensen@rsyd.dk, +45 2938 5683 (study coordinator).
Vibeke Andersen, professor, Focused Research Unit for Molecular Diagnostics and Clinical Research, University Hospital of Southern Jutland, Aabenraa, Department of Molecular Medicine (IMM), University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Odense +45 2115 7790, va@rsyd.dk (main supervisor). Jens Kjeldsen, Professor, Medical Gastroenterological Department, Odense University Hospital, jens.kjeldsen@rsyd.dk.
Uffe Holmskov, Professor, Head of Department of Molecular Medicine, SDU, uholmskov@health.sdu.dk.

Practical information

The applicant chosen for this position:

-Must have an interest for clinical study coordination, contact with patients and biomedical research.
-will be required to speak Danish fluently .
-Will have to apply for enrolment at the PhD school at the Faculty of Health Science, University of Southern Denmark. Enrolment is a prerequisite for the employment. Read more at https://www.sdu.dk/en/forskning/phd/phd_skoler/phdskolensundhedsvidenskab/phd_students

The PhD programme will be carried out in accordance with Faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order). The terms of employment as a salaried PhD Research Fellow are stated in the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

The first year’s salary will be covered by a Horizon 2020 project (syscid.eu). Since this project only covers one year’s salary as PhD student, an applicant who can provide coverage of the additionally two years’ salary will be preferred.

The study will be performed at the University Hospital of Southern Denmark, Aabenraa, in close contact with University of Southern Denmark and Odense University Hospital.

Applications must include:

• A letter stating the interest, motivation and qualifications for the project (max. 2 pages)
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information and documentation for at least one published study
• Certified copy of diploma (Master’s degree in a relevant field)

Additional information may be requested, and the application process may include an interview before final decision is made. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested and qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

 

Deadline: 2 July 2019
Unit: Faculty of Health Sciences
Campus: Flere tjenestesteder
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Tuesday July 2nd, 2019