Are you ready to advance your career as a scientist?
We have an open position for a 3-year PhD fellowship in the EU-funded Innovative Training Network BonePainII (www.bonepain.eu).
The PhD position is with Nordic Bioscience in Herlev, Denmark and will be conducted with enrolment at the University of Copenhagen.
Expected starting date June 1, 2019.
The application deadline is March 15, 2019.
About the BonePainII Network
BonePainII is a European Innovative Training Network to promote frontline research, innovation and education within bone pain. Millions in Europe and beyond suffer from bone pain, which is a debilitating complication of many musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis and bone metastasis. The BonePainII network has participants from 6 European countries and encompasses 8 academic groups and 4 industries all committed to creating an outstanding training program for 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) to elucidate the mechanisms of bone pain and develop new medicines.
This project is part of the EU-funded project BonePainII, www.bonepain.eu.
The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 814244.
Project title: Exploring a novel Calcitonin/Amylin Receptor Agonist for its ability to improve structure and pain in rat models of metabolic osteoarthritis (OA)
You work will aim at determining:
- The effects of the calcitonin/amylin receptor agonist on pain sensation in joints using overweight rat models of osteoarthritic pain
- The direct effects of the agonist on the target cells in the joint to provide insight into the molecular mechanism of the agonist.
This project will apply a combination of in vivo and in vitro systems to address the objectives.
In vivo: treatment with the agonist will be explored in the Mono-Iodoacetate Arthritis (MIA) model and the Destabilization of the Medial Meniscus (DMM) model, as well as the groove-induced OA model and the outputs will be on pain sensing, as well as cartilage and bone structure of the animals.
In vitro: Dorsal Root Ganglia (pain sensors), chondrocytes (cartilage structure), osteoclasts (bone destruction) will all be treated with the agonist to determine to what extent the receptors are present. If the receptor is present, functional readouts will be implemented to determine how the agonist works on these.
For the present project a secondment (research exchange stay) is planned for University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Nordic Bioscience is a Danish biotech company located just outside Copenhagen. Nordic Bioscience has app. 180 employees with the majority being involved in science. The focus is on preclinical and clinical drug development, we are specialized in precision medicine using unique biomarker technologies. We are organized in several research teams with focus on a variety of diseases ranging from arthritis through fibrosis to type 2 diabetes and obesity. Our approach is highly scientific and we take pride in frequently publishing our results in leading journals worldwide resulting in the publication of around 50 articles each year.
This PhD position is within the Biomarkers and Research Division of Nordic Bioscience and based in the Endocrinology Group, where the focus revolves around peptide therapies for arthritis and metabolic conditions.
The supervisors will be Kim Henriksen, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, direct phone +45 4452 5219 and Anne-Marie Heegaard (the University of Copenhagen)
The successful candidate must hold a relevant MSc degree (biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceutical science or alike). Experience with animal studies will be an advantage. Fluency in English is essential, as well as being able to work as a part of a research team.
General job description
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow are to:
• Manage and carry through your research project
• Participate in the BonePainII training and network activities
• Take PhD courses
• Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
• Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings
• Research stay at an external research laboratory within the BonePainII network
• Disseminate your research
Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
• Relevant skills and knowledge
• Previous publications
• Relevant work experience
• The grades achieved during bachelor/master studies
• Other professional activities
• Language skills
• Assessment of the candidate’s motivation letter
Formal requirements: Mobility and eligibility criteria
The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organization for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment – unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.
The candidate must be an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR): at the date of recruitment he/she must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research career and must not have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
Other formal requirements
The PhD student will be enrolled at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, the University of Copenhagen, according to the rules stipulated in the Ministerial order on the PhD program at the universities (PhD order) from the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education and the guidelines for the PhD program at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
Terms of employment
The position as a PhD fellow is available for a 3-year period.
The terms of employment and salary are in accordance with the local and national rules and in accordance to the rules and regulations laid down by the European Union’s Horizon2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action European Training Network. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment.
For further information, applicants may contact the supervisor: Christian S. Thudium, email: email@example.com, direct phone +45 4454 7727.
How to apply
Applicants are requested to submit their application to: Kim Henriksen, firstname.lastname@example.org including (in word or pdf):
• Cover letter: Letter stating the interest in and qualifications for the project (max. one page).
• Full CV.
- List of publications.
• Diploma and transcripts of records: Master´s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor´s and master´s degrees). Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used.
- 2 letters of recommendation including contact details for references.
- For those applicants whose principal language of instruction during their BSc/MSc was not English it will be an advantage if they enclose IELTS or TOEFL test scores or equivalent proof of English skills.
Deadline for applications: March 15, 2019.
Applications will be evaluated by an assessment committee consisting of the principal supervisor and 1-2 other members of the BonePainII network or the Department. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview (e.g. via Skype). In case of highly qualified, but unsuccessful applications, applicants have the choice of having their application forwarded to another suitable BonePainII network member for consideration.
 This is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.