PhD fellows in Biological Sciences
University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology

PhD fellows in Biological Sciences


The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is offering up to four fully funded PhD scholarships within the Biological Sciences commencing 1 November 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Description of the scientific environment

The Department of Biology is among the largest Departments at the University of Copenhagen. It employs 475 academic and technical staff and hosts research programmes and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. University rankings typically place the field of biology/biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen first in Denmark and among the top 30 universities internationally. In addition to a PhD-programme, three BSc study programmes (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine) and four MSc study programmes (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine, bioinformatics) engage close to 2000 students. The successful candidates will join the lively group of 150 PhD students studying at the Department of Biology and participate in the many exciting events and activities organised by the PhD student network and the Department, including the annual PhD day, the biannual BIO conference, weekly research seminars, and career fairs. Each successful applicant will choose a supervisor at one of the 10 sections at the Department of Biology:


Biomolecular Sciences

Cell and Neurobiology

Cell Biology and Physiology

Computational and RNA Biology

Ecology and Evolution

Freshwater Biology

Functional Genomics

Marine Biology


Terrestrial Ecology


Job description

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


  • To define, manage and carry through your research project

  • Attend PhD courses equivalent to 30 ECTS

  • 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



Formal requirements

Applicants should hold a MSc degree in biology, molecular biomedicine, biochemistry, bioinformatics or closely related field with excellent results. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. 


We are seeking highly motivated and ambitious individuals with good interpersonal and communication skills. Fluency in spoken and written English is required.


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 325.625 (approx. €43,400) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,980). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.



Application Procedure

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



The application should include

  • A cover letter (1-2 pages) describing your background, personal qualities, research interests and ideas for a PhD research project, and your motivation for applying for a PhD scholarship and a career in research

  • CV

  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)

  • Letter of recommendation from previous academic supervisor

  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), work experience, experience from abroad etc.

  • 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 1 September 2019, 23:59 GMT +2

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. The final selection of a successful candidate will be made after personal interviews where the selected candidates will have the opportunity to present their past research experience, ideas for a PhD research project and motivation for a career in science.



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, and to select a supervisor at the Department of Biology. Together with the supervisor, the candidate will prepare a detailed research plan for the PhD project.


You can read more about the recruitment process at



For specific information about the PhD scholarships, please contact the Deputy Head of Department for Research [Professor, Michael Lisby, Department of Biology,, Direct Phone: 35322120].


General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

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