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PhD fellow in Detection of rhEPO microdosing and small-volume blood transfusion

The Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports invites applications for a PhD scholarship. The candidate must hold a master degree related to the area of integrative physiology.

The position is for a 3-year period and will commence September 1st , 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The PhD fellow will be a part of the Section of Integrative Physiology. The Section covers a broad area of research related to human performance, anti-doping and adaptations to exercise.
The Section studies integrated and isolated effects of exercise and exercise training.
A part of the research is dedicated to the protection of athlete’s health and the integrity of sport through development of new methods to reveal illegal doping strategies. Additionally, the section conducts studies related to the regulation of muscle metabolism and cardio-vascular function.

Project description
The purpose of the PhD project is to expand the existing Athletes Biological Passport (ABP) approach as well as evaluate new strategies for detection of blood manipulation. The project consists of two clinical trials where samples are collected from four week long doping regimes expected to be currently used by cheating athletes, including small-dose autologous blood transfusion and micro-dose EPO injections. Another unique and important part of the proposed project, is addressing the importance of gender when interpreting fluctuations of existing and novel markers of blood manipulation.

Principal supervisor
Associate Professor, M.Sc., Ph.D. Nikolai B. Nordsborg, 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 through your research project
• Attend PhD courses
• Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
• Teach and disseminate your research
• To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
• Work for the department

Formal requirements
The applicant must hold a master degree in physiology or equivalent. Candidates with research experience related to anti-doping efforts, performance and athletic training will be preferred.
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
 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 June 15, 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 information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor, M.Sc., Ph.D., Nikolai B. Nordsborg, 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.


Nikolai Nordsborg


Application deadline: 15-06-2017
Employment type: Limited period
Employment start: 01-09-2017
Department/Location: Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports

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