Post Doc in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance
University of Copenhagen Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Postdoc in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 1-year position to contribute to research within the field of drug safety, pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology, to commence 12 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology is engaged in interdisciplinary research, teaching and innovation within the pharmaceutical sciences. The Department is organized in four disciplines, focusing on medicinal chemistry, peptides and protein research, molecular and cellular pharmacology and translational pharmacology. Further, the Department has extensive interactions and collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry in Denmark and abroad. More information about the Department can be found at

Pharmacovigilance Research Center

The postdoc position is in the Pharmacovigilance Research Center headed by Professor Morten Andersen, and part of the Discipline of Translational Pharmacology. The Center aims to develop innovative methods and tools that will shape the future surveillance of medicines’ safety as well as generating new evidence contributing to improve the evaluation of benefits/risks of medicines, exploiting the tremendous resource of big healthcare data from the Danish and Nordic National Registers. We aspire to strengthen the field of pharmacovigilance as an academic and scientific discipline and to create a truly interdisciplinary research environment through collaboration with clinical pharmacy, clinical pharmacology, pharmacometrics, regulatory science and clinical departments.

Find more information about us here:

Your job

You will be working with register data in collaboration with other team members within the focus areas: Drug safety, pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology. You will be connected to an ongoing research project on the real-world safety and effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy, where you will contribute to establishing a national database that combines clinical and register data. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in other pharmacoepidemiological projects and contribute actively to the expansion and growth of the Pharmacovigilance Research Center. The position will involve interdisciplinary collaborations within the university, with clinical departments, (inter)national scientific groups, regulatory agencies, as well as other public and private partners.


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • A PhD degree or similar qualifications within medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, public health, biostatistics or related research field
  • Research experience within drug safety, pharmacovigilance, pharmacoepidemiology or clinical epidemiology
  • Experience with using big healthcare data such as healthcare registers, electronic health records and/or clinical trial databases
  • Qualifications within epidemiological study design and analysis

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Qualifications within toxicology, clinical oncology, data management, statistical programming, data science, biostatistics or bioinformatics will also be considered positive for the position
  • Good interpersonal skills and an enterprising, collaborative and innovative mindset
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 1 year. Starting date is 12 October 2020 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,650 DKK/ approx. 4,650 Euro (April 2020-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 11, 2019.


For further information please contact Professor Morten Andersen;

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  4. List of publications.

Application deadline: 12 August 2020, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 12-08-2020
Employment start: 12-10-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

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