Ph.D. Scholarships in Biological Sciences
The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is offering up to two Ph.D. scholarships within the Biological Sciences commencing 1 November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The scholarship is open to both Danish and international applicants.
Application deadline: 01-09-2018
Employment start: 01-11-2018
Description of the scientific environment
The Department of Biology is among the largest Departments at the University of Copenhagen. It employs 475 academic and technical staff and hosts research programmes and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. University rankings typically place the field of biology/biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen first in Denmark and among the top 30 universities internationally.
In addition to a PhD-programme, three BSc study programmes (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine) and four MSc study programmes (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine, bioinformatics) engage close to 2000 students.
The successful candidates will join the lively group of 150 Ph.D. students studying at the Department of Biology and participate in the many exciting events and activities organized by the Ph.D. student network and the Department, including the annual Ph.D. day, the biannual BIO conference, weekly research seminars, and career fairs.
The positions are available for a 3 or 5-year (Integrated MSc and Ph.D. Scheme) period and your key tasks as a Ph.D. student at SCIENCE are to:
- Define, plan and carry through your research project
- Attend Ph.D. courses
- Write scientific articles and your Ph.D. thesis
- Teach and disseminate your research
- Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
- For the 5-year Ph.D. programme: conduct duty work for the department
Applicants should hold a BSc or MSc degree in biology, molecular biomedicine, biochemistry, bioinformatics or closely related field with excellent results. Candidates with a BSc degree will enroll into the 5-year Ph.D. programme while candidates with an MSc degree will enroll into the 3-year Ph.D. programme. The assessment of your qualifications will also be based on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience
Department of Biology is seeking highly motivated and ambitious individuals with good interpersonal and communication skills. Fluency in spoken and written English is a strong requirement.
Terms of employment – 3-yearPh.D. programme
- 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 317.459 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.852). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
Terms of employment – 5-year Integrated MSc and Ph.D. Scheme
The positions are available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Biology. The duration of the integrated programme depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme please see: www.science.ku.dk/phd, “Study Structures”.
The application must be written in English and should include:
- A cover letter (1 page) describing your background, personal qualities, research interests and motivation for applying for a Ph.D. scholarship and a career in research
- Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc or MSc)
- Acceptance letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if applying with a BSc degree
- Letter of recommendation from the previous academic supervisor
- Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), work experience, experience from abroad etc.
- Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-2 professional referees.
Deadline for applications is September 1st, 2018 at 23:59 GMT +2
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant, which is evaluated based on the grade point average from previous education, recommendation letter(s) from previous supervisor(s), the motivation letter, publication co-authorship(s), and international experience.
Successful candidates will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a Ph.D. student at the Ph.D. school of Science, and with the assistance of the Deputy Head of Department for Research select a supervisor from one of the 10 sections at the Department of Biology:
Together with the supervisor, the candidate will prepare a research plan for the PhD project.
In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme (up to three years), the student is entitled to so-called PhD grant portions. The grant portions are financed by the grant donor but not by the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme Agency (as is the case for the ordinary study grant portions on the BSc and MSc programmes). They are called PhD grant portions because this kind of remuneration is regulated and described in the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen), and because the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of an ordinary Danish study grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portions during the period of their MSc and PhD studies. 48 PhD grant portions at DKK 5,839 each, corresponding to DKK 280,272.
As a supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student may, in accordance with the collective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), be offered ‘duty work’. In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme, students performing ‘duty work’ are paid by the hour. UCPH has decided to offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of ‘duty work’ per year during Part A of the programme (until two years of the combined programme of study remain). ‘Duty work’ during Part A if it has a duration of three years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 202.64 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 102,586.50.
For further information about Part A please see: https://www.science.ku.dk/english/research/phd/studystructure/integratedphd/.
In the period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student is employed as a PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The scheme is arranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a time when there are two years left of the integrated programme. For this reason, the salary must be paid for a period of two years in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well as pension contributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 28,955.15 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 694,923.
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