Postdoctoral position in Biomedical Innovation Law University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law Denmark

Postdoctoral position in Biomedical Innovation Law, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen


The Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher for a fully funded three (3)-year period. We are looking for candidates with innovative and original ideas.  


The successful candidate can commence from 1 July 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.   


About CeBIL   

CeBIL explores legal challenges and rapid developments in the biotechnological area (broadly defined). CeBIL brings together scholars from some of the world’s leading research institutions in interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as stakeholders from industry, government, and civil society. Alongside other projects, CeBIL hosts the Collaborative Research Program for Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL Program). This 5-year research programme (2018-22) is supported by a grant of DKK 35 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation and involves partners from Cambridge Law School,  Harvard Law School,  Harvard Medical School, Michigan Law School, and the UCPH’s Department ofFood and Resource Economics (IFRO) in Copenhagen.   


The CeBIL Program examines innovation inefficiencies on life science frontiers through five concrete interrelated studies. The common aim of the five studies is to optimise legal concepts into enabling tools that will help bring novel technologies, research, and biomedicine together for radical innovation. The core aim is to contribute to bridging bio-pharmaceutical innovation gaps, enhancing translational medicine, and promoting technology transfer. Within this context, special focus will also be laid on the impact of emerging digital technologies, big data and artificial intelligence. An overarching study on Policy & Synergy will ensure continuous knowledge exchange and synergy across the five concrete studies:  


Study 1: Antibiotics  

Study 2: Orphan Drugs  

Study 3: Precision Medicine, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence 

Study 4: New Uses  

Study 5: Drug Manufacturing & Biologics  

Study 6: Policy & Synergy  


For further details, please visit our website. 


Area of Research 

The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to work on Study 6: Policy & Synergy. The CeBIL management reserves, however, the right to recruit candidates for one of the other five studies instead should their academic profile and research plan provide an even better fit for the CeBIL Program as a whole.  


Study 6 aims to develop a framework that integrates law, ethical considerations, economics, science, business, and policy to support biomedical innovation. It includes a legal sub-study entitled “Towards an Improved and Sustainable Legal Framework for Biomedical Innovation”, which will address the following key research questions: (1) What common legal principles can be derived from each of the five concrete studies and how can they be synthesised and organized to form a conceptual framework with a sound underlying legal theory that can be translated into recommendations for new legislation? (2) How can those legal findings be applied to inform and shape both general innovation policy debates and more specific debates, such as on the role that alternative R&D incentives could play in the raging controversy over the patentability of biomedical products and methods? (3) What is the proper role for ethical considerations, e.g. on patient rights and access to medicines. In that context, this study also considers potential disruptions of the existing biomedical value chains through digitalization and artificial intelligence and assesses the opportunities and risks that these new technologies entail. A question that merits particular attention is: To what extent may digital technologies help enhance innovation, address innovation inefficiencies, and adopt an adaptive governance of the emerging technologies addressed in Studies 1-5 and what are the legal issues? While offering amazing possibilities, there is no doubt that these technologies raise many legal questions with regard to intellectual property, liability, patient involvement, bias, discrimination, competition etc. The successful candidate is expected to focus on this cross-cutting AI dimension of Study 6 in collaboration with senior researchers at CeBIL.  


Job Responsibilities 

The successful candidate is expected to play an active role in the daily life of the CeBIL Program. The main responsibilities of the postdoctoral researcher are: 


  • develop and execute high-level research projects independently; 

  • coordinate development and execution of research projects in collaboration with other CeBIL researchers; 

  • develop the academic field to the highest international level, including participation in international seminars and conferences;  

  • contribute actively to the work of CeBIL and of the CeBIL research community; 

  • participate in knowledge dissemination activities and debate with the general public; and  

  • manage and develop research-based teaching with associated examination and administrative duties, including supervision of bachelor’s and master’s students. 

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to develop and maintain his or her competences within teaching and education. Other obligations may be added as stipulated by the faculty. Applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the faculty’s research areas and education programs by visiting the Faculty’s website. While assessing applications, special consideration will be given to the applicants’ ability to help strengthen the faculty’s research and education programmes – including in subject areas where the faculty currently does not have any appointed staff members. The Faculty actively supports the effort to learn Danish. 


Required Qualifications 

The position requires a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in law or in another social science discipline (provided that the applicant can also document sufficient qualifications in law and experience in legal research). All applicants are expected to be able to use English as the working language (written and spoken). Successful candidates will demonstrate a clear potential to deliver high-quality, peer-reviewed research publications. In the assessment, emphasis will be placed on the applicants’ research and teaching potential as well as their ambition to develop and implement new research ideas, which may have an international impact. Furthermore, the faculty places emphasis on the applicants’ interest in, and preferably prior experience with, collaborative research and teaching activities in an international setting. 


Salary and Terms of Employment 

The postdoctoral position is full-time temporary appointment for a duration of three (3) years.  


The appointment is based on the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC). In addition to the basic salary, an annual increment of DKK 52.996,08 (as of 1 October 201) is paid. Furthermore, a total contribution to your pension fund equal to 17.1% of your salary and annual increment is paid.  


For further information, please see ‘Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013’ and ‘Guide to appointment of permanent academic staff at the Faculty of Law’. Both documents are available here.



Click ‘Apply now’ below to be taken to the online application form. We advise you to have the following eight (8) documents ready before you begin your online application:  

  1. Cover letter (a one-page document explaining the reasons for applying and addressed to the Dean), 

  2. Curriculum vitae 

  3. Research plan (max. four pages outlining the research to be carried out during the postdoctoral period) 

  4. Diplomas (including PhD diploma or alternatively a document showing that the applicant submitted a dissertation) 

  5. Publication list (numbered and with co-author declarations attached, if relevant),  

  6. Teaching portfolio (including documentation of teaching qualifications as well as a brief statement of the applicant’s teaching visions within the research area) 

  7. Reference list, if available (please upload under “other relevant material”) 

  8. Copies of publications (a maximum of five (5) publications, including the applicant’s PhD or JSD thesis and a maximum of one (1) monograph). 

In addition to the material which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment, the Assessment Committee may require further material to assess the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide such supplementary material, should this be requested. 


Application procedure 

An automatically generated message is sent out acknowledging receipt of the uploaded application. Applicants will be kept informed about the process of the application procedure on a regular basis via email. Following the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert Assessment Committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. When the committee has completed its assessment, applicants have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to them.  


According to the University of Copenhagen’s “Action Plan for Career,Gender and Quality – Equal Opportunities in Research and Management”, there needs to be at least one applicant of each gender before a position can be filled. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the society at large and encourages all potential applicants (irrespective of personal background) to apply for this position. 


Further Information 

For further information about the position’s academic content, please contact Helen Yu at CeBIL:  


For further information on the process please contact academic officer Mathilde Lyngkvist at Human Resource: Please refer to ID number 211-0048/19-2I. 


Application deadline 

The closing date for applications is 29 March 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.  

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Likewise, incomplete applications (i.e. without all required documents) will be rejected.   

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