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PhD fellow in extracellular vesicle-mediated cross-talk between skeletal muscle and vascular endothelial cells

PhD fellow in extracellular vesicle-mediated cross-talk between skeletal muscle and vascular endothelial cells

The Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports invites applications for a PhD scholarship. The candidate will work in the area of integrative physiology, with focus on advanced invasive human models, cell culture and molecular biology.
The position is for a 3-year period and will commence August 1th, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The PhD fellow will be a part of the Integrative Physiology Group. The group covers a broad area of research related to metabolic, cardiovascular and muscular adaptations to exercise. We focus on performance and health-related benefits of exercise.
The group uses complex human models and advanced molecular techniques to study integrated and isolated effects of exercise and exercise training related to the regulation of muscle metabolism, angiogenesis, blood flow, insulin sensitivity, ion transport, fatigue, temperature balance and bone mineral density. Animal and cell culture models are applied to allow for further mechanistic insight.

We focus on novel physiological mechanisms and conduct studies in which the results can be applied to the everyday life in groups of patients, healthy individuals of different ages and athletes.

Project description
The PhD project is a part of a research collaboration between the Section of Integrative Physiology, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, and the Department of Sports Medicine, Prevention and Rehabilitation, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.
The purpose of the PhD project is to investigate the role of extracellular vesicles released from skeletal muscle and endothelial cells in cross-talk leading to parallel physiological adaptations in these tissues. The project involves conducting human experiments, cell culture studies and a broad range of biochemical analysis. It is essential that the candidate has solid experience in invasive human intervention studies and biochemical analysis.

Principal supervisor is Professor, Dr.Med. Sc., Ylva Hellsten and co-supervisor is Assistant professor, Ph.D., Lasse Gliemann, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:
- To manage and carry out your research project in close collaboration with the research group
- Attend PhD courses
- Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
- Teach and disseminate your research
- To stay at an external research institution for several months, preferably abroad
- Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in human physiology with good results. Since the successful applicant will be involved in writing applications for ethical approval and will be in contact with Danish speaking volunteers it is important that applicants have excellent command of the Danish language. In addition, the application must have excellent command of English written and spoken language. Research experience in invasive human studies and/or cell culture studies is an advantage. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on relevant work experience within the research field and previous publications (if any).
It is a prerequisite that the candidate can be enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.

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 306,667 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,361). 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
•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 May 31, 2017,23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

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 questions about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor, Dr.Scient, Ylva Hellsten, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Ylva Hellsten


Application deadline: 31-05-2017
Employment type: Limited period
Employment start: 01-08-2017
Department/Location: Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

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