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Research assistant position for subsequent appointment as PhD fellow– forensic chemistry

Research assistant position for subsequent appointment as PhD fellow– forensic chemistry

The position as research assistant is available from 1 May 2017 or soon thereafter. The position as research assistant is for 6 months.

The Department of Forensic Medicine gives an undertaking that the successful applicant will be employed in a 3-year position as a PhD fellow, assuming enrolment in the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen with the project.

The position and project
The position relates to the preparation of a forensic PhD project in collaboration with the department's employees. The project will relate to in vitro studies of the metabolism of drugs with a focus on new substances (NPS - new psychoactive substances).

The methodology will be based on studies in liver microsomal preparations and hepatocytes. The project aims to improve the forensic detection of new psychoactive drugs. Knowledge of analytical chemistry and interest in development work is expected.

The main analytical techniques in the laboratory are UHPLC-MS / MS and UHPLC-High-Resolution MS (Orbitrap). Furthermore, a fully automated robotic system (TECAN) is used for sample preparation.

The Section of Forensic Chemistry
The section carries out forensic examinations (alcohol, drugs and narcotics) for the judiciary and other public authorities, which make up the bulk of the section's activities. The section of Forensic Chemistry is one of three sections at the Department of Forensic Medicine (University of Copenhagen) carrying out research and teaching assignments according to ordinary university rules.

The section has about 35 employees, including one professor, one associate professor, 10 forensic chemists, 2 IT staff, 6 PhD students, 10 laboratory technicians and a number of thesis students. The department is equipped with modern instruments and IT facilities. The section is accredited to ISO 17025.

The person and qualifications
The typical candidate will be someone who is interested in analytical chemistry and toxicology as well as the techniques behind, and is thorough, careful and have interest in scientific work. Previous experience with working in a cell laboratory is an advantage. It is also important that the new colleague has good interpersonal skills. It's the results that count, so we appreciate the diligence, efficiency and purposefulness. Fluency in written and spoken English is a prerequisite. Relevant academic education includes a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, toxicology or related fields. The applicant cannot hold a doctorate degree.

Deadline for applications

28 March 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Terms of employment
The salary and other terms and conditions of the appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, 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. An expert committee is then appointed in order to make an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. 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

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Further information can be obtained by the head of the section, professor, dr. med. Kristian Linnet, phone: +45 35 32 61 00 or e-mail:

Send the motivated application together with copies of diplomas (including transcript of records translated to the ECTS grading scale) and indication of previous employment electronically.

All invited for interview will be asked to bring a criminal record in English or Danish. Tests will be used in the selection process and for the interview.

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position.


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.


Kristian Linnet


Ansøgningsfrist: 28-03-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-05-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Dept. of Forensic Medicine

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