PhD student position in Precision Diagnostics in Cardiology

A PhD position is available in the Unit for Inherited Cardiac Diseases at the Heart Center, Rigshospitalet, in close collaboration with academic partners of University of Copenhagen. The position is established within the Clinical Academic Group (CAG) Precision Diagnostics in Cardiology.

Precision Diagnostics in Cardiology is one of four newly established CAGs created to facilitate and extend collaboration between clinicians and researchers at hospitals and the university, with the ultimate objective of producing concrete, clinically applicable results. The initiative is expected to contribute both through pioneering research and by enhancing quality in clinical practice. The goal is to strengthen the translational approach such that research, clinical practice and education become equal and mutually beneficial elements of an overall focus on cardiology.

The more specific aim of Precision Diagnostics in Cardiology is to refine and develop methods to identify new disease mechanisms and to identify new phenotypes. This is expected to pave the way for development of finding patients who will – or will not – benefit from presently available therapies, as well as development of new therapies, i.e. precision medicine.

Responsibilities and tasks 

The PhD student will work with patients and on clinical and para-clinical data, Danish National registry data and results of different “omics”. Advanced modelling of these data will provide a strong foundation for future development in cardiology. The PhD student will be involved in management of big data and will also take active part in basal research and laboratory studies.

Projected start date:  As soon as possible.


The successful candidate will have qualifications or experience within one or several of the following areas:

  • Clinical experience
  • Research related to healthcare data from registries and electronic patient records
  • Research related to bioinformatics and systems biology at the molecular level
  • Competence in statistics and/or machine learning techniques
  • Health care terminologies, schemes and ontologies

Formal requirements 

The CAG Precision Diagnostics in Cardiology is highly multidisciplinary and collaborates with many other research groups nationally and internationally. Strong networking and team player skills are therefore preferred. As the candidate may run several projects in parallel, strong organizational skills and the ability to keep an overview are important.

To be accepted for the position, it is a condition that you have a degree as – or considered to be equivalent to – a Danish Medical Doctor and have an authorization to work as a Danish Medical Doctor.

It is a prerequisite that the PhD candidate is enrolled as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences according to the rules stipulated in the Ministerial order on the PhD program at the universities (PhD order) from the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education and the guidelines for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Terms of salary and employment 

The salary and appointment terms will be as a clinical assistant according to the Agreement for Junior Doctors agreed between Danish Regions (Regionernes Lønnings- og Takstnævn) and The Danish Association of Junior Doctors (Yngre Læger). The candidate will be employed at the Heart Center, Rigshospitalet. Supervision will be mutual between the employer and the partners at the University of Copenhagen.


The application must be in English and include the following documents/attachment:

  1. Motivated letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Documentation of MD certificate (use the register  made by the Danish Patient Safety Authority)
  4. A complete list of publications and conference presentations

The application should be submitted electronically. Please be aware that we only accept applications sent through the link.


For further details please contact Professor and Chief Physician Henning Bundgaard e-mail: or Professor Søren Brunak, e-mail:

Deadline for application: 31. januar 2018

 Assessment of the applicants will be made by an assessment committee from both institutions. Final assessment will be on the basis of an interview with an appointed committee also from both institutions.

All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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