2 PhD positions for Medical Doctors at University of Copenhagen in Denmark 2022

The University of Copenhagen in Denmark offers 2 PhD positions for Medical Doctors in the International PhD programme EMERALD in the 2022/23 academic session.


  • A medical doctor with up to 4 years of research experience?
  • Eager to explore why diseases arise and to contribute to development of novel treatment?
  • Driven to pursue a PhD and develop your scientific competences?

12 PhD positions are available for this call across seven top European biomedical research centres: BRIC (Copenhagen), CRG (Barcelona), NKI (Amsterdam), IGC (Lisbon) MDC (Berlin), VIM (Lueven), IC (Paris). Two of the positions are at BRIC. A second call will open in April 2022.

The “International PhD Programme for Medical Doctors”, EMERALD, trains and nurtures excellent physician-scientists with the goal to bridge the gap between the clinic and the lab. The programme recruit medical doctors to carry out a PhD in cutting-edge research in one of seven recruiting European centres of excellence in life sciences and biomedicine. The recruited medical doctors will acquire unique scientific, technical, and digital skills and knowledge to advance their career at the frontier of medicine and research, with the final goal to improve patients care and tackling global health challenges.

Biomedical research is advancing at a high speed in the world. In the last decades, we have seen major developments resulting in significantly better treatment and healthcare. Addressing the increased need for innovative solutions in medicine requires more than ever the rise of the unique professional profile of physician-scientists, combining research with clinical care, understanding patients´ needs and driving research forward to address them.

Worth of Award

  • The EMERALD fellows will benefit from attractive salaries, an international, stimulating and creative environment with expert supervision, advanced training, tailored career development and mentoring programmes, and access to high-end technologies and facilities.
  • They will have the opportunity to build valuable international networks with multiple actors in academia, hospitals, patients´ organizations and the private sector.
  • For the appointments at UCPH, fellows will be employed for six months as a research assistant and 36-month as a PhD fellow.
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  • Required educational level: Candidates must have obtained a medical degree, which allows them to enrol in an official Doctoral programme in accordance with the national regulations and institutional requirements in force at each recruiting research centre. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment at UCPH/BRIC, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree.
  • Years of research experience: At the date of the call deadline, candidates must be in the first four years of their research career (exceptions due to career break will be considered) and have not been awarded a PhD degree.
  • Mobility requirements: Candidates can be of any nationality, but must undertake trans-national mobility according to the H2020 MSCA programme´s rules. During the 3 years before the date of the call deadline, they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) for more than 12 months in the country of the selected recruiting centre for which they apply.
  • Required languages: English at excellent level

How to Apply

  • Applications are accepted exclusively online
  • Candidates who wish to apply for one of the positions at BRIC, University of Copenhagen, also have to submit an application through the UCPH online job application system by clicking APPLY NOW.
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The application, in English, must include the following:

  • Personal details, in line with the European Data Protection Law
  • Degree information, including copy of diploma and detailed transcripts of records (MSc and BSc)
  • CV including:
    • Scientific interests and record of accomplishments: publications (highlighting impact and contribution), research and/or clinical experience and main results, posters or talks at meetings, prizes, fellowships, etc.
    • Outreach: technology transfer, science education and/or public engagement activities.
  • Motivation letter (Cover letter), including indication of preferred host laboratory/PI and research areas: maximum two laboratories of their choice.
  • Contacts of two referees.
  • Eligibility statement
  • Documentation of English abilities (international test)

Please notice that the mandatory templates found on the EMERALD webpage are required for the application. Late or incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

Deadline: The application deadline is December 5th 2021, 23.59 pm Central European Time.


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