PhD Fellowship in Comparative Pediatrics in Denmark 2020/21 at Copenhagen University

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The current position focus on health and development of preterm infants. We conduct clinical trials to investigate effects of supplemental milk products during periods of insufficient mother’s own milk to improve gut maturation and reduce development of gastrointestinal inflammation and infections, such as necrotizing enterocolitis and sepsis. Further, we look at long-term outcomes of different feeding practices on cognitive functions and structural brain development in the preterm infants. Blood samples are collected and used to study changes transcriptome changes with feeding. Cohorts are collected to analyze across several studies. The analyses will be compared with analyses sampled from preterm pig cohorts to increase the translational value of pig studies. A main part of the project will be mechanistic insight in the development based on pig trials and various analyses of blood and fecal samples from pigs and infants. With this, we aim to improve infant health and survival and provide quality alternatives to infant formulas when mother’s milk is not available.

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


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  • 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 27,593.77 DKK /approx. and 3,700 EUR plus pension.


  • Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a Master’s degree in human medicine.

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the Ph.D. project, hereunder experience with handling data from clinical trials and cohort studies and analytical insight into blood and tissue analyses
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • The curious mindset with a strong interest in neonatal health and development
  • Language skills

Eligible Regions: Open for all
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