PhD fellowship on “Myocardial function in a porcine model of ischemic heart failure” at the LIFEPHARM Centre

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD fellowship commencing on 1st of November 2019 or soon thereafter. The application deadline is 22th of September 2019.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and Novo Nordisk A/S established a research centre in 2010 - The LIFEPHARM Centre ( - with a budget of DKK 140 million covering activities until the end of 2023.

The present position is part of the Centre´s activities. The purpose of the research centre is to strengthen the research in experimental pharmacology and toxicology and to increase the output of candidates and PhDs with a strong in vivo pharmacological profile.

It is expected that the future PhD fellow will be enrolled in the Graduate Programme for In Vivo Pharmacology and Experimental Animals (IVP) at SUND and participate actively in this network. The IVP Graduate Programme was established in 2006 as a collaboration between the Faculties of Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Health Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, University of Aarhus, and industrial partners; Novo Nordisk A/S, LEO Pharma and H. Lundbeck A/S,

For more information on LIFEPHARM or IVP please contact:

Professor Jens Lykkesfeldt

Director of LIFEPHARM

Head of IVP

Phone: (+45) 35 33 31 63

Project background

Heart failure is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Well-characterized large animal models are needed in order to support the preclinical phase in cardiac drug development for human patients. The project will study myocardial function in a clinical relevant porcine model of ischemic heart failure expected to be highly relevant for future studies evaluating new targets of heart failure therapy. The PhD student will work in a multidisciplinary team including experienced human and veterinary cardiologists and the project will be performed in close collaboration with an industrial partner.The PhD student will participate in in vivo animal procedures, including blood sampling, electrocardiography, imaging, drug therapy and post mortem tissue collection, and in addition execute blood- and myocardial tissue analyses.

Principal supervisor

Professor Lisbeth Høier Olsen


Direct Phone: +45 35333175

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen


Professor Thomas Jespersen, University of Copenhagen

Senior researchers Trine Pagh Ludvigsen and Jeppe Egedal Kirchhoff, Novo Nordisk A/S

Professor Jacob Eifer Møller, Odense University Hospital

Required qualifications

  • MSc in veterinary medicine, medicine, biomedicine, biological science or other equivalent degree
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in porcine models
  • High level of motivation, responsibility and flexibility
  • Highly enthusiastic, ambitious and team-oriented personality
  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and oral)

Preferred qualifications

  • Candidates with function ABD/Category C course in carrying out animal experiments
  • Experience within in vivo pharmacology, ideally porcine models
  • Knowledge of cardiac electrophysiology and hemodynamics

General Job description

  • Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at SUND are to:
  • Manage, carry through and conclude on your research projects
  • Actively participate in PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and finalise your PhD thesis
  • Participate in international congresses
  • Conduct a research stay at an institution abroad
  • Teach and disseminate your research

We offer

  • The opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art, highly innovative and scientifically stimulating environment with ambitious colleagues
  • Excellent training opportunities, both personally and professionally
  • The opportunity to contribute with new knowledge to an exciting and fast-moving scientific field

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • The grade point average achieved in relevant University degrees
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous publications
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills

The successful candidate is also required to be resourceful and to possess good interpersonal skills.

Formal requirements

The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree.

It is a prerequisite that the PhD candidate is enrolled as a PhD fellow at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen according to the rules stipulated in "Bekendtgørelse nr. 1039 af 27. august 2013 om ph.d.-graden."

Terms of employment

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree¬ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 27,135.43 DKK /approx. 3.638 EUR (April 2018-level) plus pension.


For further information contact Professor, Lisbeth Høier Olsen, e-mail:

Foreign applicants may find the following link useful (International Staff Mobility).

General information about PhD programmes at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available on the Graduate School’s website:

Application procedure

The application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply online” below and must include the following:

  • Cover letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma and detailed transcripts of records (MSc and BSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), peer reviewed and other
  • Personal recommendations (if any)
  • A maximum of 3 relevant scientific works which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment (if any)

The deadline for applications is 22th of September 2019. 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 authorised recruitment manager 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 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

Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee makes a non-prioritised assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

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.



Københavns Universitet giver sine knap 10.000 medarbejdere muligheder for at udnytte deres talent fuldt ud i et ambitiøst, uformelt miljø. Vi sikrer traditionsrige og moderne rammer om uddannelser og fri forskning på højt internationalt niveau. Vi søger svar og løsninger på fælles problemer og gør ny viden tilgængelig og nyttig for andre.


Lisbeth Høier Olsen


Ansøgningsfrist: 22-09-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-11-2019
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

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