Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND)
University of Copenhagen
We are offering a three-year PhD fellowship in Drug Modification by
Conjugation Approaches. The PhD fellowship is financed by Independent Research
Fund Denmark. The fellowship is available from 31 December 2021 or as soon as
The PhD project is entitled 'Exploration of efflux pump inhibitor conjugates
and shuttle approaches'. The project involves design and synthesis of novel
conjugates based on known efflux pump inhibitors. Three modification
principles will be explored for improving bacterial uptake, while minimizing
toxicity toward mammalian cells. The biological evaluation of conjugates will
be performed by collaborators.
The medicinal chemistry studies comprise exploration of different conjugation
methods as well as structure-activity studies of delivery moieties. Experience
in preparative organic synthesis and chromatographic methods is required. A
candidate with experience within drug conjugation and/or peptide chemistry
(e.g. manual and automated solid-phase synthesis) and relevant analytical
methods (NMR, HPLC and MALDI-TOF) is preferred.
Associate Professor Henrik Franzyk, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
E-mail: email@example.com, direct phone: +45 3533 6255
Our group and research
The work will be closely integrated with related projects in a research group,
focusing on discovery and improvement of therapeutics for infectious diseases
and cancer. The applicant is expected to possess an outgoing interdisciplinary
approach toward collaboration with researchers with a joint focus of research.
Currently, the research group comprise both postdocs, PhD students and MSc
students and a lab technician.
The Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology (www. drug.ku.dk) delivers
drug-related research and research-based teaching within a wide range of drug-
related disciplines, spanning the molecular, cellular, and pharmacological
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
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 institution, preferably abroad
Obtain experience with teaching and other types of dissemination related
to your PhD project
Participate in the undergraduate teaching of students in pharmaceutical
Participate in national and international conferences and scientific
Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project
As an applicant you must have:
qualifications corresponding to a master's degree in Organic Chemistry or
Medicinal Chemistry or related areas prior to the starting date
Fluency in English and excellent communication skills
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: https: // ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-
transparency/find-assessments/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.
Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short
description of the grading scale used
Experience in drug conjugation and/or solid-phase chemistry (e.g. of
Experience in preparative organic synthesis
Experience with analytical methods: NMR, HPLC and MALDI-TOF
Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
Relevant work experience
The grade point average achieved
Other professional activities
The successful applicant is also required to be enterprising and to
possess good interpersonal skills
Terms of employment
The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years and is to commence
on 31 December 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.
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 to the Graduate School of Health and
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.
The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate programme in
pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy.
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 DKK 27,800 (approx. 3,700 EUR) (taxable) plus pension
(October 2021 level).
Your application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking
“Apply now” below and 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
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. The master's degree must be equivalent to a Danish master's degree. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
Publication list (if possible)
Other information to consider: References and recommendations (if possible)
The deadline for applications is 1 October 2021 , 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
The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised 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
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 mid October 2021.
You can read about the recruitment process at
https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
For further information, applicants may contact the principal supervisor
Associate Professor Henrik Franzyk, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, direct
phone: +45 3533 6255, or PhD coordinator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail:
email@example.com, direct phone: +45 3533 6449.
For more information on working and living in Denmark visit https:// ism.ku.dk
(International staff mobility) and https: // www. workindenmark.dk.
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 8000
students, 1790 PhD students and 5100 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.