DENMARK: 10 PhD Fellowships in the field of biomedicine

DISCOVER is supported by the H2020 Marie S. Curie programme and will recruit 24 talented fellows over three calls during 2021-2023. Discover is a unique opportunity for young researchers to join an international and interdisciplinary PhD program within biomedicine. The programme offers:

  • Fully funded 36-month fellowships with attractive employment and salary conditions

  • Research training in an international top research centre (main research supervisor) and formalized collaboration with one of the neirboring hospitals (clinical co-supervisor)

  • Elaborate training in transferable skills and personal career development support


The vision of DISCOVER is to empower diverse research talent to become creative and responsible researchers, with an ability to translate their biomedical research into clinical value. The past decades have presented great breakthroughs in the fundamental knowledge required for understanding and diagnosing many diseases. However, the ability to move basic discoveries towards new treatments is lagging behind the pace of discovery. DISCOVER’s ambition is to inspire and enable fellows to a research career bridging basic and clinical research. This will be done as a joint venture between BRIC and a number of clinical partner organizations.


Three programme CORNERSTONES are central to pursue the vision:

  • Build bridge across ‘bed and bench’

  • Discover approaches and tools to stimulate creativity and translation of research

  • Explore and implement sustainability in biomedical research


With DISCOVER we will address an unmet need for closer ties between basic research and the clinic, through education of translational researchers with abilities to move basic biomedical research findings down the path towards treatment.


The Discover fellows will receive a contract with UCPH with BRIC as the daily workplace. The contract will be for 3+36 months (3 months as research assistant to develop the PhD-project and prepare the PhD-enrolment and 36 months as a PhD student). The employment conditions will be equal to those of other researchers employed at BRIC/UCPH. The terms of employment are in accordance with agree­ments between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State and include:

  • Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 28.365,85 (aprox. 3.782 EUR).54 DKK (ca. 3,824 EUR) plus pension as a PhD fellow plus pension as a PhD fellow

  • Full social benefits including public health care

  • Right to paid holidays (five weeks plus five special holidays, on top of national holidays)

  • Right to salary during own illness and child’s first two sick days

  • Right to parental leave (up to 32 weeks paid leave) and two childcare days/child/year until age 7

The overall working conditions at UCPH is set out in a ‘Personnel Policy’, presented in a Personnel Policy Handbook and centred around a set of basic principles ensuring an open, collaborative, secure, including and developing work environment with equality for all staff. The Discover fellows will:

  • Have flexible work hours in a family friendly environment (e.g. regular meetings between 9-16)

  • Be hosted in a healthy physical work and psychosocial work environment

  • Have Annual Performance and Development Reviews with nearest leader (main supervisor)

  • Participate in university and centre-wide satisfaction and well-being assessments

How to apply

Make sure to read carefully the discover guide for applicants and use the mandatory templates for your  CV, the eligibility declaration and list of referees when you apply! Incomplete or late applications will not be evaluated.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria are precise criteria regarding mobility and level of education:

International mobility: Candidates can have any nationality but must undertake transnational mobility according to the MSCA rules. Thus, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Denmark for more than 12 months in the three years prior to the call deadline. Further, applicants working at UCPH for more than 3 months before the deadline will be considered ineligible.

Education: Candidates must hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field at the time of application, obtained no longer than three years before application deadline. Candidates can switch to another field of research than their masters but must have sufficient understanding/skills to address the potential research project. In acknowledgement of different career paths, candidates holding a MD degree can apply until five years from obtaining their degree. To ensure equal opportunities, exceptions to the 3/5-year rule are made for applicants with documented career breaks (parental leave, illness, mandatory military/civil service). Candidates must not already hold a PhD degree.

Application requirements: In order to be eligible, a complete set of application material submitted in due time is required.

Application Requirements

Application can only happen online via the link on the Discover homepage, the KU job portal, Euraxess or Nature job. A complete set ofapplication material (in English) is required:

  • Online application form including personal details

  • Motivation letter/cover letter

  • CV (mandatory template)

  • A signed eligibility declaration (mandatory template)

  • List of two-three referees, whereof one should preferably be the master’s degree supervisor (mandatory template)

  • Certified copy of original master diploma and transcripts records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English *

  • Documentation of English test**

  • Documentation of career breaks, if any

  • Other relevant information for consideration

* The master’s degree needs to be completed so that the diploma is issued no later than start of the fellowship (January 1st, 2023). If the master’s degree is not completed at time of application, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is required.

** Please read here if you need to upload an English test https://healthsciences.ku.dk/phd/apply/language/ If not available at the time of application, copy of an English test will be required at time of interview.

Read more here: Admission requirements and English language skills


Mandatory templates for your application:

Application Deadline: 7th August 2022

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