PhD fellowship in Respiratory Physiology at the Department Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

We are offering a PhD fellowship in respiratory physiology from 1 November 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

One of the great unanswered questions within respiratory physiology is whether the healthy lung undergoes specific exercise training-induced adaptations or not. Currently, the dogma is that the lung is perhaps the only organ of the human body that does not such changes. However, previous studies that have attempted to address this have used relatively short training interventions, and focused only on rather crude estimates of (resting) lung function. In the present study, we will challenge this by examining various aspects of lung function with particular emphasis on pulmonary vascular function both during rest and exercise before and after an extended period (6 months) of regular supervised training. The findings may both broaden our understanding of basic exercise physiology, and will furthermore be of use in the design of rehabilitation programs for patients with chronic lung diseases.

We expect the PhD to be instrumental in coordinating and conducting the experiments, including the supervised training programs. The studies will be conducted in close collaboration with the Centre for Physical Activity Research and the Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine & PET at Rigshospitalet.

The principal supervisor is Associate Professor Ronan Berg.

Start: 1 November 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter

Duration: 3 years as a PhD student

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teach and disseminate your knowledge
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project, e.g. MD or MSc. Previous documented experience with human-experimental and exercise studies is greatly premiered.

Other important criteria are:

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Language skills

Place and terms of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, but a large bulk of the experimental work will be conducted at Rigshospitalet.

The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s successful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD program (2019) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 27,593 DKK /approx. 3,707 EUR (April 2020-level) plus pension.

Further information

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact Associate Professor Ronan Berg on

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:

Application procedure

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do
  • Publication list (if available)

Application deadline: 13 August 2020, 23.59 CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the above mentioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed 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

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

Interviews are expected to be held in September.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the 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.


Ronan Martin Griffin Berg


Application deadline: 13-08-2020
Employment start: 01-11-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biomedical Sciences

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