Postdoctoral Position in Responsible Research and Innovation in Drug Discovery and Development
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law

Postdoctoral position in responsible research and innovation in drug discovery and development at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL)


The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking qualified applicants for the position as postdoc. The position is associated with the research project RESPOND3 “Towards better computational approaches and responsible innovation strategies in early drug discovery:  application to antibiotics and COPD” funded through the Center for Digital Life Norway, an initiative from the BIOTEK2021 program of the Research Council of Norway.  The position is available from 1 March 2020 for a full-time fixed term period of two (2) years. The start date is negotiable. 



The project is a cross disciplinary collaboration between research groups at the Centre for Advanced studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) at the University of Copenhagen, the Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), and the Department of Biomedicine and the Department of Chemistry at University of Bergen (UiB). The project is currently recruiting four postdoctoral researchers and three PhD students in total, including this research position as part of Work Package 4 on Responsible Research and Innovation in Early Drug Discovery (WP4). 

The goal of the project is to advance drug discovery to address the need for new antibiotics and better treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) through the development of improved hit and lead optimization of targets by the use of high-throughput computational methods. The project is embedded in a responsible research and innovation framework to maximize the socio-economic impact of publicly funded research through an inclusive stakeholder engagement strategy.  The work will be done by a highly interdisciplinary and international research team with expertise in organic synthesis, medicinal and computational chemistry, biochemistry, structural biology, mathematics, computer science, social sciences, and law.


In addition to working with the RESPOND3 team, the researcher will be part of the vibrant research community at CeBIL at the University of Copenhagen ( with access to our world-class research network and top expertise in biomedical innovation law.  This position will involve short stays in Bergen and potentially other cities in Norway.

About the position

The offered position is embedded in WP4 of the RESPOND3 project, which aims to develop a sustainable, effective, and balanced stakeholder engagement framework to inform responsible research and innovation in drug discovery and development.  The position will involve active engagement with society and stakeholders.  The legal research component will focus on the analysis of how the law and relevant regulations impact drug discovery and development in view of the principle of open science and open innovation.


The candidate therefore must hold a graduate degree in law or another related social science discipline and possess both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the role of law, policy, and bioethics in health research.  Ideally, the candidate will have experience working with innovators, technology transfer and have insight into business and research ethics.  In addition, the successful candidate will also be expected to:

  • play an active role in the daily life of CeBIL
  • develop and execute research projects independently
  • participate in knowledge dissemination activities and debate with the general public


Other obligations may be added as stipulated by the faculty.  Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the faculty's research areas and education programmes by visiting the Faculty’s website: When assessing applications, special consideration will be given to the applicant’s 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 postgraduate degree in law or in another social science discipline, provided the applicant can also document sufficient qualifications in law.  Applicants in the final stages of completing or submitting their PhD dissertation will also be considered for the position.  All applicants are expected to be able to use English as the working language (written and spoken). Knowledge of Scandinavian languages will be a great asset. Successful candidates will demonstrate a clear potential to deliver high quality peer-reviewed research publications.


In the assessment, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s research and teaching potential, as well as their ambition to develop and implement new research ideas that may have an international impact. Furthermore, the Faculty places emphasis on the applicant’s interest and prior experience with collaborative research and teaching activities in an international setting.


Salary and terms of employment

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 53.934,60 (as of October 2019) is paid.  Furthermore, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary and annual increment.


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 on the Faculty’s website.



Click ‘Apply now’ below to be taken to the online application form. Letter of motivation, appendices and the submitted research publications (including papers, articles and books), must be written in English.


It is essential that you fill out all the mandatory fields in the electronic application even though the info is already stated in your CV, application, publication or other material you may find relevant to upload. The completed fields will be screened during the shortlisting and assessment process and in order to generate your final assessment, which we will send to you after the assessment work is finalized.

The application MUST include the following elements:

  1. Letter of motivation (a one-page document explaining the reasons for applying)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Research plan (Applications should include a proposal for a research plan to be completed during the 2-year research period. Proposals should be no more than four pages long. The proposal should demonstrate the capacity to develop and carry out research within the scope of WP4, identifying the relevant methodological tools to achieve the outlined goals)
  4. Diplomas PhD or JSD diploma or alternatively a document showing that the applicant submitted or will submit a dissertation 
  5. Publication list (numbered and with co-author declarations attached, if relevant)
  6. Academic references, if available (please upload under “other relevant material”)
  7. A maximum of five (5) scientific publications that the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than one (1) may be a monograph. Applicants, who have written a PhD or JSD thesis or equivalent, must always submit the complete thesis (if the thesis is written in Danish, English, Swedish or Norwegian) and the written assessment of the thesis as a part of submitted publications.

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

Letter of motivation, appendices, and research publications must be uploaded electronically using the link below. We advise you to have the above-mentioned documents ready before you begin to fill out your online application, and it is essential that all required documents are enclosed.


Following the application deadline, the Associate Dean of Research selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. Applicants are selected on the basis of an overall assessment of the applicants that best match the recruitment needs of the Faculty as described in this advertisement for the post. This is compared with the applicant's research profile as set out in the application, CV incl. list of publication and any research/development plan.  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 and when the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicants themselves.

Additional information about the position’s academic content can be obtained from Helen Yu at


Information about the application procedure is available from HR South City  Please refer to ID number 150618


Application deadline
The application must be uploaded by 1 December 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.  Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted or considered. 


If your application does not include all the required supporting documents, your application can be rejected and not be considered by the assessment committee.


About the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law is one of six faculties at the University of Copenhagen. The Faculty carries out research, education and knowledge dissemination within the area of law. Research is partly organized in research centres and groups with focus on thematic areas of interest. The Faculty employs about 75 full time researchers and approx. 60 PhD students as well as approx. 70 administrative staff members. In addition, approx. 450 part-time lecturers teach on the legal programmes on which approx. 4,500 students are enrolled. See the Faculty website: for more information, e.g. the Faculty’s overall strategy up to 2016.



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.



Application deadline: 01-12-2019
Employment start: 01-03-2020
Department/Location: The Faculty of Law


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