PhD fellowship in Ion Channels, Fibrosis and Atrial Fibrillation at the Department of Biomedical Sciences Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences University of Copenhagen

A PhD fellowship is available in the Cardiac Pharmacology group at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The position is available from 1st of September 2023, or at a mutually agreed date. Highly motivated and committed candidates with experience in cardiovascular research, biomedicine and ion channels are invited to apply.  

The project

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, and currently available therapies are inadequate. AF progresses with time, and structural remodeling, particularly cardiac fibrosis, is a major driver of this progression. This PhD fellowship will focus on understanding the role of ion channels in this process, and addressing if cardiac ion channels constitute valid drug targets for slowing AF progression. This will include working with primary heart cells and establishing and running different in vitro assays including electrophysiological recordings. 

Our group and research

Our group works to understand the role of ion channels in health and disease, with a focus on mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmia and finding new opportunities for treatment of these. To this end we use a broad range of model systems ranging from electrophysiological recordings on single cells to isolated perfused organs and experimental model systems.

We are a friendly, dynamic and international team of scientists at the pre- and post-doctoral level. Currently the team includes postdocs, bachelor and master students and a technician. We are also part of a larger community of local research groups that focuses on cardiac diseases, and who are experts in proteomics, genetics and molecular biology. We foster innovation and collaboration, and have ongoing project with international and national academic and private partners. This will help you to build a strong professional network that will benefit your future career no matter if you pursue an academic or industry career path.  

Principal supervisor is associate professor Bo Hjorth Bentzen, Department of Biomedical Sciences,, direct phone: +45 40 90 12 80

Start:                                               1st of September 2023 or at a mutually agreed date

Duration:          3 years as a PhD student

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision.
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points.
  • Participating in active research environments including a stay at another research team.
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching and disseminating your knowledge.
  • Writing 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. Please note that your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (two years).

Other important criteria are:

  • Ability to collaborate, and contribute to a dynamic, strong, and inclusive working environment
  • Experience in ion channel electrophysiology
  • Experience in cell culturing and cell isolation
  • Experience in molecular biology and its techniques used within molecular biology
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in cardiac disease and ion channels
  • Language skills

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and the best view of Copenhagen.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years. The start date is 1st of September or after agreement.

The employment 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 in collaboration with the supervisor.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) 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 Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 28,800 DKK/Roughly 3,880 EUR (April 2023 level) plus pension.

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD studies 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: 

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline:  29 May 2023, 23.59pm 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 abovementioned 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 find information about the recruitment process at:

The applicants 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 week 26-28.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background. 



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Bo Hjorth Bentzen


Application deadline: 29-05-2023
Employment start: 01-09-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biomedical Sciences

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