PhD Fellow in Gene Therapy – Ethical, Legal or Social Challenges



Department of Food and Resource Economics Faculty of Sciences at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship commencing 1 November 2013 or soon thereafter. The application deadline is 15 September 2013.

Project description
The aim of the PhD-project is to study and find ways to deal with ethical, legal and social challenges facing the development and use of genetic modification of somatic human cells for therapeutic purposes. To be eligible for a PhD position relating to this project an applicant must possess a candidate degree in the field of bioethics/philosophy, law, sociology or some other relevant area of social science. The applicant, who must be willing to work as part of an interdisciplinary consortium focused on genome editing, should develop the specific project in collaboration with potential supervisors from the fields of bioethics, law and food sociology.

Principal supervisor
Professor Peter Sandøe
E-mail [email protected]
Direct Phone: (+45) 21497292
Department of Food and Resource Economics

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in congresses
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • A master’s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship) 

Formal requirements 
The positions are available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master’s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty’s master’s programmes. 

At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

Terms of employment
The position will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The post is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure. 

Application Procedure
Apply by clicking ‘Apply’ below.

Applications – in English – must include:

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV 
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), 
  • References
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1368 of 7 December 2007.

By the end of 15 October 2013, all applicants will have received information regarding the evaluation of their application. 

The application must be received no later than 15 September 2013. Applications received later than this date will not be considered. 

Questions
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact Peter Sandøe.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at PhD Regulations.

To apply, please click the Apply button below.

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