Postdoc Position in Eye Translational Research
University of Copenhagen Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
Denmark

Postdoc in Eye Translational Research Unit at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

We are seeking a highly motivated and responsible postdoctoral researcher to join the Eye Translational Research Unit at the University of Copenhagen to be part of the “Finding Ophthalmic Risk and Evaluating the Value of Eye exams and their Predictive Reliability” (FOREVER) project (https://forever.ku.dk/) to commence 1 September 2024.

Information on the department can be found at: drug.ku.dk.

Our research

The FOREVER project is building the largest database of eye examination and health data in Scandinavia to study and improve eye health and general health in the aging population. The unique database, consisting of comprehensive eye examinations, questionnaire responses, blood pressure measurements and genetic information, is built in close collaboration with Synoptik A/S, unikk.me and the FOREVER consortium. In addition, data from the nationwide health registries will also be included in the near future.

Your job

In collaboration with a team of students and researchers, you will be responsible for:

  • Leading the process of integrating data from Project FOREVER with data from Statistics Denmark.
  • Investigating how self-reported glaucoma aligns with clinically verified glaucoma.
  • Validate disease case findings from optometrists.
  • Investigate various aspects potentially characterizing glaucoma patients:Contribute to the conceptualization and preparation of funding applications.
    • Self-rated health, self-rated vision, self-rated vision concerns
    • Family risk of glaucoma
    • The impact of various exposures, e.g., anti-glaucomatous medication on self-rated health and self-rated vision.
  • Draft manuscripts and presenting research results at meetings and conferences.
  • Supervise Master’s and Bachelor’s students.
  • Contribute to the continued success of Project FOREVER by, among other things, proposing and implementing optimized processes and recruitment strategies.

Profile

We are looking for a scientist with the following competencies and experiences:

  • PhD or equivalent degree in epidemiology.
  • Excellent scientific track record.
  • Strong skills using R, SAS, Python or a similar programming language.
  • Experience in designing and executing study plans and building statistical models.
  • Strong communication skills in English, both oral and written. It is an advantage, but not a requirement, to speak Danish.

The Team

Overall, you will become part of a highly interactive and cooperative international team and help build one of the largest multi-modal databases of comprehensive eye and health data worldwide. In our team and with our partners, strong communication and interaction skills are essential due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project.

It is important that you enjoy collaborating in a dynamic environment where working on joint projects and presenting results as a team is paramount. In addition, you are expected to take on responsibilities outside of your own core tasks.

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Information on the Eye Translational Research Unit can be found here: https://drug.ku.dk/research-sections/translational-and-clinical-pharmacology/eyetru/

Terms of employment

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years. The starting date is September 1, 2024 or shortly thereafter.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 38,570 DKK/approx. 5,171 EUR (April 2024 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign 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 Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

Questions

For further information please contact Professor Miriam Kolko, miriamk@sund.ku.dk .

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (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’s education certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  4. List of publications.

Deadline for applications: 9 June 2024, 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

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

Interviews are expected to be held 4 and 11 July 2024.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

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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.

Info

Application deadline: 09-06-2024
Employment start: 01-09-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology


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