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PhD position at CHIP - Centre of Excellence for Health, Immunity and Infections, Dept. of Infectious Diseases, Rigshospitalet

We are looking for a full-time PhD student for a position at CHIP - an academic research Centre of Excellence with offices at the Department of Infectious Diseases at Rigshospitalet - starting 01 March 2021 or as soon as possible. Initially, the position is for 1 year with possibility of extension into a 3-year PhD grant depending on approval of PhD-proposal. We offer a challenging and meaningful position in an exciting and inspiring international research environment.

About us

Centre of Excellence for Health, Immunity and Infectious (CHIP) is an international academic research center and an integral part of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Rigshospitalet. We are a dynamic multidisciplinary group of 65 full-time employees working within medical research, public health research, IT and data management, statistics and bioinformatics, clinical trial management and research administration. CHIP is a leader in the field of developing and coordinating international clinical trials and international observational cohort studies involving patients with HIV and other infectious diseases such as hepatitis and tuberculosis, and recently also COVID-19, primarily from clinics in Europe.

As a research organization CHIP participates in many international collaborations and you will be working with people from all over the world. As a result, English will be a natural part of your workday.

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The research area

The WHO estimates that 36,7 million individuals are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). When taken continuously combination antiretroviral treatment is effective in controlling HIV, restoring immune function and decreasing HIV-related comorbidities and mortality. However, despite successful treatment accumulating evidence is pointing towards an increased occurrence of cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, cancer and chronic liver and renal impairment in HIV-positive persons compared to the general population. The reason for the overrepresentation of these chronic conditions is likely multi-factorial with a combination of HIV-itself, persistent inflammation, coagulation activation, immune dysfunction, ageing, lifestyle factors and adverse drug effects.

CHIP is coordinating centre for the international multi-cohort collaboration RESPOND, which aims at investigating effects of HIV, viral hepatitis co-infection, adverse drug effects and comorbidities on morbidity and mortality outcomes amongst people living with HIV.

More specifically the areas aimed to be included in this PhD-position includes assessment of risk factors, management and outcomes of organ impairment (such as liver, renal and cardiovascular), cancers and death in people Living with HIV with a particular focus on the impact of HIV-related factors and antiretroviral treatment.

The tasks

Initially you will be employed for a one-year period where you and key RESPOND researchers will prepare a research protocol forming the basis for the submission of a PhD application to the University of Copenhagen. The application should be submitted within 6 months of the hiring date. Depending on the outcome, the position can be extended for the duration of the PhD study.

The supervisors will be medical doctors and biostatisticians with experience in the scientific area affiliated with CHIP and University College London, UK. The supervisors will oversee the development of the PhD application and act as advisors during the PhD study.

In addition to the scientific work you will be centrally involved with the coordination of the RESPOND consortium (liaison with participating cohorts, partners and funders, data quality assurance and data cleaning, validation of events, support to scientific boards and committees, meeting planning and minutes, development and updates of SOPs and MOOPs and general operative support to the coordination team. etc).


You are a trained physician and possess basic skills in epidemiology and statistics i.e. from previous research experience. You have excellent IT and communication skills and able to use English as working language.
We are looking for a committed, hardworking, persistent and flexible candidate that can work independently under the supervision of experienced supervisors and understands the importance of collaboration.



Salary and employment conditions are in accordance with current collective agreement between Danish Regions and the Danish Association of Junior Hospital Doctors. Your workplace will be CHIP offices at the Rigshospitalet. Funding for the full PhD position is to be ensured by research grants.

For further information, please contact Lene Ryom, mail:

Interested applicants should apply before 22 January 2021 24:00h.

Application should include a CV, a cover letter expressing your interest and motivation, and any relevant publications.



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Rigshospitalet - Blegdamsvej


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Lene Ryom Nielsen

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