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Declaration of interest regarding PhD project within the field of personalised medicine

The Department of Regional Health Research (IRS) at SDU is looking for an applicant for a PhD scholarship within the field of personalised medicine with the specific purpose to describe the medication treatment journey of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) before and after diagnosis in order to gain insights into medication use among IBD patients throughout their disease progression. Especially, whether early initiation of biological treatment improves the treatment outcomes of IBD patients.
Research environment
The Research Unit of Molecular Diagnostic and clinical Research (MOK) improves personalised medicine by applying in depth molecular, lifestyle and clinical characterization of the individual patient. Personalised medicine is the center of the research, where various subject areas meet in research by using multifaceted methods. In particular, we focus on irritable bowel disease.

In MOK, we have three focus areas, which prioritize elite research environment, staff and external funding.

You will become a member of a small, ambitious research team with various backgrounds (molecular biology, medicine, pharmacy, health research), and you will be in close contact with other PhD students. You will be affiliated with the Hospital Pharmacy Research Unit within MOK situated at Hospital Sønderjylland in Åbenrå.

Project description
The PhD project comprises a mixed methods study, where a registry study of patients with an IBD diagnosis will document the medication treatment journey from a quantitative perspective, while qualitative interviews and field observations will be performed to address patients’ personal perspective of the medication treatment journey.

The results of the PhD project will provide us with insights into medication use among IBD patients throughout their disease progression, which will help us identify interventions to improve medication treatment for IBD patients – especially regarding biological treatment.

Supervisors
You will be supervised by:
Associate professor Lene Juel Kjeldsen (MOK/The University of Southern Denmark)
Professor Vibeke Andersen (MOK/The University of Southern Denmark)
Associate professor Susanne Kaae (Copenhagen University)

Qualifications
We are seeking an excellent and highly motivated individual with a relevant degree (MSc. (pharm), MD, etc.). The applicant must speak Danish fluently, since the qualitative studies will be performed in Danish. Applicants with experience within the field of personalised medicine, registry studies and/or qualitative methods will be preferred. Also, applicants with demonstrated publication experience will be prioritised.

For further information about the project, please contact:
Associate professor Lene Juel Kjeldsen The Research Unit of Molecular Diagnostic and Clinical Research (MOK), University Hospital Sønderjylland The Department of Regional Health Research (IRS) University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Phone: +45 29346128 E-mail: Lene.juel.kjeldsen@rsyd.dk

Applications must include:
• A letter stating the interest, motivation and qualifications for the project (max. 2 pages) 
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information 
• Certified copy of diploma (Master’s degree in a relevant field)

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”.
Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.
Project description – please upload a blank file. The chosen candidate will make their own project description. 

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

Closing date 24.10.2021
Currently, 1/3 of the PhD funding has been granted, but to secure the remaining 2/3, the successful PhD candidate must apply the funding bodies.

The successful candidate will be asked to send an application to the PhD Secretariat, Faculty of Health Sciences, to be enrolled as a PhD student.

The PhD programme will be carried out in accordance with Faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD programme at the Universities (PhD order)

The terms of employment as a salaried PhD Research Fellow are stated in the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.