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PhD Fellowship in Notch family dependent development of Obesity and type 2 Diabetes @ Odense University Hospital/University of Southern Denmark

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Scientific aim in lab: Overall, LMCC focuses on complications in relation to metabolic disorders such as Diabetes and Obesity. In specific, we work on two different settings, one investigating the clinical association of specific molecules with Diabetes development, and another dealing with the molecular and cellular aspects of these specific molecules in order to determine their signaling pathways, physiological functions as well as a way to manipulate their levels with the aim of developing diagnostic or intervention products to be used within diabetes/obesity treatment.


Project: The PhD fellow will be enrolled at the University of Southern Denmark as part of the activities at Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology (LMCC). The PhD fellow will investigate the association of NOTCH family members with Diabetes/Obesity development using numerous advanced cellular and molecular assays as well as animal disease models.

The qualified applicant holds a Master’s degree in Cell Biology/Molecular Biology/Medicine/Biomedicine with preferential knowledge in animal studies and/or cell- and molecular biology. The PhD fellow will interact with collaborators at other institutions and is expected to be able to communicate fluently in spoken and written English.

LMCC is affiliated to the Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology (KBF), OUH, Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) and the Department of Cardiovascular and Renal Research, Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM), SDU.

Professor Søren P. Sheikh is head of LMCC and KBF, and professor at IMM. Senior researchers Ditte Caroline Andersen and Charlotte Harken Jensen are responsible for the daily running of the lab, employed by KBF, OUH, and affiliated to ICR. The regular staff also includes 2-3 laboratory technicians. In addition to the regular academic/non-academic staff members we count 4 PhD-students/postdoc.´s and 2-3 pre-graduate/graduate students.

At LMCC we all strive to reach the same goal working as a solid team and making all projects synergetic


Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement of 1 October 2008 on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

The university encourages all persons interested in the position to apply, regardless of their age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A letter stating your specific motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. one page).
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information.
• Certified copy of diploma.


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