PhD fellowship in particle toxicology at department of Public Health and the National Research Centre for the Working Environment

We are offering a PhD fellowship in particle toxicoloty commencing December 1th 2019.

Our group and research

The PhD fellowship will be a collaboration enjoying joint supervision from two groups comprising experts in particle toxicology and occupational health at the Section of Environmental Health, University of Copenhagen and the National Research Centre for the Working Environment. The collaboration builts on mutual interests in understanding and preventing health effects of environmental and occupational exposures, including particulate matter and nanomaterials.

Project description

Inhalation of particles causes toxicity to the lungs and secondary organs, including the cardiovascular system. The mechanisms by which pulmonary exposure causes atherosclerosis and dysfunction in the regulation of vasomotor responses and coagulation are largely unelucidated. Recent research implicates acute phase responses and more broadly serum bioactivity as important contributors to vascular effects by particle exposure. The project uses metaloxide nanoparticles, relevant in the occupational setting, to explore the interplay between pulmonary responses to hazardous metaloxide particles and systemic effects, using well-established animal experimental models and development of in vitro cellular co-culture models to assess progression of atherosclerosis. Techniques employed will include animal experimental models, cell- and biochemical assays.  

Principal supervisor is Professor Peter Møller, Department of Public Health, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +45 353 27654.

Start:         December 1th 2019  

Duration:  3 years as a PhD student


Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teach and disseminate your knowledge
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project


Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project e.g. natural or health sciences.

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project (e.g. with animal experimentation, particle toxicology, molecular biological methods including PCR and basic chemistry knowledge)
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in particle toxicology
  • Language skills


Place of employment

The place of employment is equally at Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen and the National Research Centre for the Working Wnvironment. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and animal facilities.


Terms of employment

The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.


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 agree­ment 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 26.755 DKK /approx. 3.567 EUR (April 2018-level) plus pension.



For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

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


Application procedure

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do

4. Publication list (if possible)

5. Project describtion (if possible)


Application deadline:  Sunday 29 September 2019, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.


The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed 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


The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.


The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 


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.


Ansøgningsfrist: 29-09-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-12-2019
Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Folkesundhedsvidenskab

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