The Faculty of Medical Science and Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology at the University of Copenhagen offers a three years Ph.D. fellowship which will be commencing on September 19, 2022, for the deserving Ph.D. international students who wish to be a part of the university fellows with a monthly salary of up to $4,000.
The Ph.D. fellowships aim to motivate and support the high-achieving international students to further their Ph.D. programs in Denmark.
About the Project
Neurological diseases are the third most common cause of premature death in Europe and represent one of the greatest challenges in treatment today. This is partly related to dysfunctions, such as an imbalance in signaling and regulatory processes mediated by two major neuromodulators, glycine and glutamine.
The project will seek to reveal the molecular details of glycine and glutamine transport through their respective solute transporters (SLCs), as well as the molecular basis for ligand-mediated and autoregulatory modulation of targets. The applicant will use a multidisciplinary approach, including structural studies through cryoelectron microscopy and/or X-ray crystallography and various biophysical and biochemical methods.
Fellowship Provider: University of Copenhagen
About the Provider
The University of Copenhagen is a Danish higher education institution ranked 84th in the Higher Education Times 2021. The University of Copenhagen is a Danish public research university based in Copenhagen, that offers approximately 200 academic research programs in a variety of subjects such as humanities, health science, law, and science-related studies.
Copenhagen is a world-class research university focusing on intellectual creativity and critical thinking. Its mission is to provide the best possible research-based education. Students can enhance their careers abroad by being part of a world-class research team. The university aims to prepare students for a wide range of jobs in both the private and public sectors. For this reason, higher education consists of specific skills and scientific methods, and other theoretical skills that allow graduates to improve their qualifications. Education and research are closely integrated for this purpose, in particular by integrating them into the day-to-day work of academics and researchers and, where possible, on the basis of equally important research education.
The University of Copenhagen offers many levels of education in various subjects. The study structure is divided into three levels. Three years of bachelor’s study will lead to bachelor’s study and another two years to master’s study. Only the structures of theological, medical, and dental degrees will differ. All master’s degrees obtained at the University of Copenhagen can be supplemented by another three years of postgraduate work which will lead to the Ph.D. degree.
The University of Copenhagen offers an English course specialization every semester. This allows students to take turns creating a complete program that will meet the needs of their school. Courses at the University of Copenhagen must meet the highest international standards for higher education. The accreditation of the University of Copenhagen follows the standards and procedures for accreditation in the European Higher Education Region and the guidelines of the Danish Accreditation Body.
Research Group at the University of Copenhagen
Shahsavar Lab (aka ASH-Lab) is a new research team at the University of Copenhagen led by Assistant Professor Azadeh Shahsavar. In this laboratory, they study the structure, function, and control of the processes by which human membrane proteins are involved in the transport of amino acids. This study opens up new possibilities for modifying synaptic signaling by the administration of amino acid transporters and therapeutic information.
In the laboratory, insect and mammalian expression systems are used to recombinantly identify target proteins and combine synchrotron tandem crystallography (SSX) and single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-electron microscopy) with biochemical and biophysical methods for modeling and functional characterization. EM) is used. Funding for ASH-Lab is provided by the Lundbeck Foundation.
- Academic Year: 2022-2023
- Applicant’s Nationality: Local and International
- Field: Pharmaceutical, Pharmacology, Medicine
- Degree Level: Ph.D. Degree
- Number of Awards: NA
- Duration: 3 Years
- Commencement Date: September 19, 2022
- Scholarship total value: 28,800 DKK or up to $4,000 Monthly Salary
- Offered Annually: Yes
- Renewable: Yes
- Scholarship Provider Country: Denmark
- University: University of Copenhagen
Fellows Project Task
As a doctoral student in medicine and medical research, your main role is to:
- Conduct independent research activities under the supervision
- Complete a doctorate or the equivalent in approximately 30 ECTS courses
- Participation in other research groups, preferably in environmental research, including living abroad
- Receive training or other forms of publicity about the project physician
- Undergraduate teaching in Pharmacy Education
- Write a doctoral thesis based on your project
Assessment on Criteria
Applicants must have a qualification equivalent to a master’s degree relevant to the field of the project, such as protein biochemistry or a related field. Remember that the master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree in two years.
Important Note on Eligibility Criteria
The University expects the applicants to be one of the highly motivated and ambitious professionals with the following qualifications:
- Eligibility related to physical activities, including:
- Knowledge of protein expression and purification technology for structure and function.
- Experience in cryo-EM sample preparation and/or protein crystallization, data collection, and analysis, including software applications.
- Uses and develops new and existing experimental techniques and procedures for the analysis of membrane protein function, including cellular and liposome-based processes.
- Other work experience
- previously published
- Achieve an average score
- Other professional work
- Curiosity with a keen interest in understanding the molecular structure of functional proteins.
- Ability to prove, produce and analyze information in sample/biochemical/chemical experiments
- Responsibility for high self-esteem and willingness to participate in problem-solving
- Good English Language skills
Evidence of communication and personal relationships, as well as the ability to write for dissemination and publications of information and research findings.
The application process can be completed in an online portal provided by the university.
As part of the application process students are required to submit relevant documents to support their application for the Ph.D. Fellowship.
- Motivation Letter
- Copy of Masters Degree in Science Diploma
- Transcript of records
- Other related documents to support the application process.
The University of Copenhagen will be awarding the successful students with a monthly salary amounting to up to 28,000 DKK or $4,000 monthly.
The deadline to complete and submit the application is until June 19, 2022.