PhD fellowship concerning the genetics and epigenetics of sudden cardiac death

The Department of Forensic Medicine is offering a three-year PhD fellowship with a 6 month temporary position as research assistant. The temporary position relates to the preparation of a PhD-application. The PhD fellowship is within the field of genetics and epigenetics of sudden cardiac death, and is available from 1 May 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The PhD fellowship is financed by the Department of Forensic Medicine.
Project description
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is responsible for a large proportion of non-traumatic, sudden and unexpected death in young individuals. SCD it often is the first symptom of an otherwise healthy individual, where an autopsy might or might not determine the cause of death depending of the morphological structural changes of the heart. However, the genetic background of SCD is unquestioned. Genetic testing is a valuable tool in the diagnosis of SCD, but there is still a need for improved understanding of the genetics and molecular mechanisms of SCD. 
The SCD cases are selected after deep and state-of-the-art phenotyping at the institute. 
The aim of the current project is to increase the understanding of SCD by identifying patterns of genetic variation, degree of methylation of DNA, and expression of RNA. The investigation will be carried out with the use of massively parallel sequencing (MPS) and beadchip arrays for investigations of genes, genetic variants, the degree of methylation of DNA as well as quantification of mRNAs and micro-RNAs. The project will be performed at the Section of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine.
Principal supervisor
Professor Niels Morling, Section of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine. 
Professor Jacob Tfelt, Section of Forensic Pathology, Department of Forensic Medicine.
Assistant Professor Jeppe Dyrberg Andersen, Section of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine.
Professor Jytte Banner, Section of Forensic Pathology, Department of Forensic Medicine.
Required qualifications 
As an applicant you must have:
Obtained a Master´s degree in genetics, biology, medicine, or a related field prior to the starting date, fluency in English and excellent communication skills, the ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, and the ability to travel for performing experiments abroad.
Preferred qualifications

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong background in genetics, medicine, biology, and related fields.
Job description

    Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty are to:
    Carry through an independent research project under supervision.
    Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project.
    Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points.
    Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project.
    Participate in the undergraduate teaching of students in forensic genetics.
    Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings.
    Stay at an external research institution, preferably abroad.

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
    Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme.
    The grade point average achieved.
    Other professional activities. 
    Language skills.
    The successful applicant is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills.

Formal requirements
The successful applicant will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences according to the rules stipulated in the Ministerial order on the PhD programme at the universities (PhD order) from the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education and the guidelines for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. 
The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in Oral Sciences, Forensic Medicine and Bioanthropology.
Terms of employment
The position as a PhD fellow is available for a 3-year period.
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 organizations. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure. 
Minimum monthly salary is DKK 25,555.08 (taxable) + pension contribution.
Application procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
Your application must include: 
    Cover letter: Letter stating the interest in and qualifications for the project (max. one page). 
    Full CV. 
    Diploma and transcripts of records: Master´s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor´s and master´s degrees). Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used.
    Possible publication list. 
    Other information to consider: Possible references and recommendations. 

The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.
Deadline for applications
13 Februar 2019. Please note that only online applications will be accepted. Applications received later than this date will not be considered. 
Post application procedure
After the application deadline, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments 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
The Appointments Committee consists of the supervision group and the Head of Department who is the authorized recruitment manager. The Expert Assessment Committee consists of the principal supervisor.
An answer as to the granting of the fellowship can be expected approximately four weeks after the application deadline.

For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor, Professor Niels Morling, e-mail:
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Oprettet d: 31/01/2019
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