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Post Doc in Companion Animal Comparative and Clinical Nutrition

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a position as Post Doc in Comparative and Clinical Nutrition commencing on July 23rd 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is limited to 3 years.  
About us 
The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences ( covers strong and internationally recognized research areas in veterinary clinical sciences. Our research supports teaching in a manner and quality securing continued national and international bench marking. The culture of the department is typical Scandinavian: a flat structure with a tradition for close collaboration where all employees are expecting openness, mutual respect, and sharing of ideas, resources and competences.  
The Section for Medicine, Oncology and Veterinary Clinical Pathology´s ( joint research area is the inter-dependency between inflammation and hemostasis as part of the innate immune defense, development of assays for predictive biomarkers in companion animal and comparative medicine, clinical nutrition and metabolic consequences of obesity in dogs and cats as well as research in prudent use of antibiotics in companion animal practice. 
Job description 
In considering applications for the Post Doc position, the main emphasis will be on the applicant's ability to document a high level of original scientific work on an international level within the area of companion animal nutrition/metabolism and feline microbiome. 
Companion animal clinical nutrition is an internationally recognized discipline within veterinary sciences. In close collaboration with the general medicine service it is considered key to the continued successful development of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Science’s research and teaching. Research in companion animal medicine has become increasingly important and clinical nutrition is an integrated part of this research at the department. The veterinary curriculum includes theoretical lectures, propadeutical teaching as well as clinical training. Veterinary clinical nutrition is integrated both through theoretical lectures and hands on clinical service/training. The Post Doc in comparative and clinical nutrition will be expected to participate in the specialized clinical nutrition service as well as to partake in the continued researcher and research based development of preclinical and clinical teaching and the continuous development of the clinical services within comparative and clinical nutrition.
The Post Docs’s duties will primarily consist of: 
  • research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication within the field of comparative and clinical nutrition 
  • research-based teaching with associated examination duties as well as clinical service within companion animal clinical nutrition, and master student supervision  
  • communication of research results to the public  
  • peer assessment 
  • application for funding of research activities within comparative and clinical nutrition 
  • administration, primarily in relation to teaching, research and service  

Required qualifications  

  • a PhD degree or similar qualifications in relation to the above subject area 
  • research and teaching experience within the field of the position. Strong research experience within the field of companion animal nutrition/metabolism and feline microbiome will be preferred 
  • Candidates with an established national and international scientific network are preferred 
  • DVM degree and Danish authorization to practice veterinary medicine  
  • Documented clinical competencies on a generalist as well as at a specialized level within companion animal practice. Candidates with clinical experience within the field of companion animal clinical nutrition will be preferred 
  • Candidates with documented ability to establish external collaborations and funding are preferred 
  • Ability and desire to communicate, promote and consult within companion animal comparative and clinical nutrition  
  • Candidates having specialized in comparative and clinical nutrition (Dipl. ECVCN) or in training to become an ECVCN specialist will be preferred 
  • If the new Post Doc does not master a Nordic language, it is expected that the person concerned acquire a working knowledge of the Danish language 

The Post Doc is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills. 

Terms of employment 
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations. The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013. 
The position is time limited to a 3 year period. 
For further information about the post, please contact Professor Charlotte R. Bjørnvad on tel. +45 35332864 or e-mail  
Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and   
The application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply online” below.  
Applications - in English - must include: 
  • Application detailing the basis on which the applicant wishes his or her scientific, teaching and other qualifications to be assessed 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Diplomas (PhD and MSc)  
  • Research plan 
  • Publications you wish to be considered in the assessment (max 10) 
The deadline for applications is 30 May 2018. Any applications received after this time or incomplete will not be considered. 
Receipts of the applications will be acknowledged, and the applicant will be kept continuously informed of the progress of the application. 
The further process 
Shortlist: After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether an expert assessment committee has passed their application for assessment. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at   
Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation. 
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

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Charlotte Reinhard Bjørnvad


Ansøgningsfrist: 30-05-2018
Ansættelsesdato: 23-07-2018
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

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