Postdoc Fellowships in Biomedical Research, in Denmark - LEAD (MSCA COFUND)

The postdoc to research LEADer programme (LEAD) will recruit two cohorts of eight international postdoctoral fellows to the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), University of Copenhagen (UCPH). The vision of LEAD is to support the enrolled fellows in the transition to become a research leader, in or outside of academia. The programme is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 945322. 

The ambition is that the fellows after programme completion are enabled and inspired to apply for their first research leader position in an environment of their choice. We will support them to develop their niche in research, deconvolute their personal way into research leadership and supply them with an ambitious and talented peer and collegial network. Three approaches will be taken to support fellow development: to train (provide tools for acquisition of skills), nurture (support and guide fellows to find their individual way) and challenge (push fellows to dare and to grow through accomplishment).

BRIC is a Centre of Excellence initiated in 2003 by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. BRIC has around 250 employees and 26 independent research groups. BRIC’s overall strategic mission is to perform cutting-edge disease-oriented biomedical research within cancer, metabolic and neurological diseases. The centre is internationally recognised as a leading player in a variety of disciplines including epigenetics, chromatin biology, RNA biology, stem cell research, cancer biology, invasion and metastases, neuro-degenerative diseases and bioinformatics.



The eligibility requirements consist of precise and objective criteria. In addition, a complete set of application material submitted through UCPH’s online application system in due time is required to be eligible.

  • International mobility: Applicants can have any nationality, but must undertake transnational mobility according to the MSCA rules (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). Also, applicants employed at UCPH for more than three months before the application deadline will be considered ineligible.
  • Education and research experience: Applicants must hold a PhD degree followed by up to eight years of experience from for example academia, clinic, industry or biotech. Exceptions to the eight years-experience criteria are made for applicants with prolonged career breaks due to parental leave, illness or mandatory military/civil service (documentation required as part of the application). Therefore, all applicants who have not yet defended their PhD or have more than 8 years after their PhD will NOT be considered eligible.



  • 36-months fully paid fellowship with a competitive postdoc salary and full social benefits
  • An international work environment with focus on collaboration and creative research approaches
  • Modern research facilities and infrastructure
  • Interdisciplinary project opportunities and close interactions with physicians at BRIC and the neighboring University Hospital
  • Opportunities to collaborate with industry and to get involved in exploitation of research results
  • Training program in research governance, leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship etc.
  • Specialized peer and career mentoring programme
  • Extended network in the EU-LIFE alliance of 15 top European life science research centers
  • Being part of a thriving life science environment in the medicon valley with a high number of universities, university hospitals, biotech and pharma industry (https://mva.org)
  • Location in Copenhagen, being rated as a city with high quality-of-life
  • A postdoc and student association offers network and social activities.
  • Help from BRIC and UCPH with visa applications, onboarding, family support, spouse programmes etc.

You may check the Guide for Applicants if you are interested in this call.

more information here

Deadline: 1 October 2021.