PhD fellow in Exercise Physiology

Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Exercise Physiology with focus on elderly adults and physical activity commencing 1 February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The student will be member of the section of Integrative Physiology, which conducts research in the area of exercise and training physiology, with a primary focus on cardiovascular physiology, muscle physiology and neurophysiology. Among other things, the effect of physical activity, ageing and lifestyle related disease on cardiovascular and skeletal muscle function are investigated using a broad range of advanced methods to study the cardiovascular system and skeletal muscle (see also

Project description 
The PhD student will be involved in research projects looking at the effect of physical activity on the health and functional capacity of elderly adults. The activities will be performed in Danish sport clubs and municipality settings, and the student will, in collaboration with external partners, be responsible for the training. In addition, the student will conduct physical testing and will perform biochemical analysis of blood and muscle samples to assess variables related to cardiovascular and skeletal muscle health. The student will teach both at internal and external courses including at Danish clubs and municipality settings.

Principal supervisor is Professor Jens Bangsbo, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports,

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and the key tasks for the PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • Manage and carry through the research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate the research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the Department

Formal requirements
Applicants should have excellent Danish written and spoken skills, hold an MSc degree in Human Physiology with good results, and have good English skills. Part of the assessment will also be on publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 328.355 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,360). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 1 December  2019, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor, professor Jens Bangsbo, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports,

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


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Jens Bangsbo


Ansøgningsfrist: 01-12-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-02-2020
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

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