Biological Sciences PhD Scholarships 2018
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Biological Sciences PhD Scholarships 2018 @ University of Copenhagen

International candidates are encouraged to apply for the PhD Scholarship Biological Sciences at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The University of Copenhagen has announced the call for applications for Biological Sciences PhD Scholarships. Check out all of the details on the same below:

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The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is Currently Offering up to 2 PhD scholarships within the Biological Sciences Starting 1 November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of this scientific environment:

The Department of Biology is among the biggest Departments in the University of Copenhagen. It employs 475 technical and academic personnel and hosts research programs and teaching curricula which cover all significant biological sub-disciplines. University rankings typically put the area of biology/biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen first in Denmark and one of the top 30 universities globally.
As well as a PhD-programme, three BSc study programs (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine) and four MSc study programs (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine, bioinformatics) engage close to 2000 students. The successful applicants will join the most lively set of 150 PhD students studying in the

Department of Biology and also take part in the many exciting events and activities organised by the PhD student community along with the Department, including the yearly PhD day, the biannual BIO seminar, weekly research seminars, and career fairs.

Job description:

The positions are offered for a 3 or 5-year (Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme) period and your crucial jobs as a PhD student at SCIENCE would be to:

  • Establish, plan and execute your research endeavour
  • Attend PhD classes
  • Write scientific posts along with your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • Stay in an external research establishment for a few months, rather overseas
  • For your 5-year PhD programme: run responsibility work for your department (typically tiny tasks associated with research or teaching; see below for information )

Formal requirements:

Applicants must hold a BSc or MSc degree in biology, molecular biomedicine, biochemistry, bioinformatics or closely related discipline with excellent outcomes. Candidates with a BSc degree will register into the 5-year PhD programme while applicants with an MSc degree will register into the 3-year PhD programme. The evaluation of your qualifications are also based on previous publications (if any) and applicable work experience

We’re looking for highly motivated and ambitious people with great interpersonal and communication abilities. Fluency in written and spoken English is a strong need. The scholarship is available to both Danish and global applicants.

The University wants our employees to reflect the diversity of culture and so welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of background.

Requirements for the job – 3-year PhD programme:

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the arrangement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The beginning salary is currently at minimum DKK 317.459 including yearly supplement (+ pension around DKK 43.852). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Requirements for the job – 5-year Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme:

The places are available for applicants that are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programs in Biology. The whole period of the integrated programme is dependent upon the amount of credits that you’ve passed in your MSc programme. For more details regarding the study programme please visit:, “Study Structures”.

At the period up to the completion of their MSc programme (up to 3 years), the student is qualified for so-called PhD grant portions. The grant parts are funded 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 programs ). They’re known as PhD grant portions since such a remuneration is governed and described in the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen), also since the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of a typical Danish study grant portion. Pupils are given 48 PhD grant portions during the span of the MSc and PhD studies. 48 PhD grant portions at DKK 5,839 each, corresponding to DKK 280,272.

For a supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student can, in compliance with the collective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), be provided’duty work’. At the period up to the completion of this MSc programme, students performing’responsibility work’ are paid by the hour. UCPH has opted to offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours ‘duty work’ annually during Part A of this programme (until two years of their combined programme of study remain). ‘Duty work’ during Part A if it has a length of 3 years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 202.64 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 102,586.50.

For more details regarding Part A please visit:

At the period after the conclusion of the MSc programme, the student is employed as a PhD scholar and can be remunerated in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).  The strategy is organized in such a manner that students graduate in the MSc programme in a period when there are just two years left of this integrated programme. Because of this, the wages has to be paid for a period of two years with regard to the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon in addition to retirement gifts: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 28,955.15 (such as pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 694,923.

Application procedure:

The application has to be written in English and must include:

  • A cover letter (1 page) describing your background, personal qualities, research interests and motivation for applying for a PhD scholarship and a career in research
  • Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Diploma and transcripts of documents (BSc or MSc)
  • Acceptance letter to the applicable MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if applying with a BSc degree
  • Letter of recommendation from preceding academic supervisor
  • Additional information for concern, e.g. record of publications (if any), work experience, expertise from overseas etc..
  • Complete contact information (Name, address, phone & email) of 1-2 professional referees

Deadline for applications is September 1st 2018 at 23:59 GMT +2 

Applications can only be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW.

After expiry of this deadline for applications, the Recruitment Committee, comprising the Deputy Head of Department for Research and four faculty members, prepares a short-list of up to 10 highly qualified applicants to be invited to a personal interview at the place where they are going to have the chance to present their previous research experience and inspiration for a career in research. The final choice of the successful applicants will be made by the Head of Department on basis of the suggestions of the Recruitment Committee.
The most important criterion for selection is the research potential of this candidate, that can be assessed depending on the grade point average from previous education, recommendation letter(s) from previous supervisor(s), the motivation letter, publication co-authorship(s), along with global expertise.

Successful applicants will be asked to officially apply for enrolment as a PhD student in the PhD school of Science, and with the Help of the Deputy Head of Department for Research select a supervisor from among the 10 sections at the Department of Biology:

Along with the supervisor, the candidate will prepare a research plan for your PhD project.

Further info
For specific information about the PhD scholarships, please contact the Deputy Head of Department for Research, Professor Michael Lisby (Mail: [email protected]; Phone: +45 35322120).

General info on PhD programs at SCIENCE can be obtained at


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