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PhD fellowship in Family Medicine, Department of Public Health, Section of General Practice

The Section of General Practice at Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, is offering a three-year PhD fellowship in Family Medicine. The PhD fellowship is financed by Allergica A/S.
The fellowship is available from February 1, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description
Recurrent urinary tract infections (rUTIs) are common and carry a substantial burden to patients and the health system and no effective and safe prevention strategies currently exist. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a homeopathic remedy for prevention of rUTI in a randomized controlled trial in general practice.

Antibiotics can be used for prevention of rUTI but are related to development of antibiotic resistance and risk of side-effects. Several non-antibiotic strategies and treatments have been tested but quality of the evidence vary, and effect measures are small.

Cantharon (Allergica) is a homeopathic medicine based on honeybee, silver nitrate, coneflower, common horsetail and Spanish fly (Cantharis) dissolved in 22% alcohol. The product has been on the Danish market since 1990 as an over-the-counter non-pharmacy pharmaceutical. It is primarily used for treatment and prophylaxis of UTI. Cantharis and other homeopathic remedies have shown promising results in observational and animal studies on prevention of UTI.

Use of homeopathic medicine such as Cantharon in patients with rUTI in general practice could potentially reduce the incidence of UTI, the use of antibiotics and hereby development of antibiotic resistance.

The aim of this project is to investigate the efficacy and safety of Cantharon on prevention of UTI in non-pregnant women with recurrent UTI in a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, multi-centre trial.

Principal supervisor is Lars Bjerrum, professor of General Practice, the Section of General Practice, Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen – e-mail: [email protected].
Primary co-supervisor is Anne Holm, Post doc, PhD, the Research Unit for General Practice and the Section of General Practice, Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen – e-mail: [email protected].

Required qualifications
As an applicant you must have:

  • Obtained a master’s degree in medicine prior to the starting date.
  • Fluency in Danish and English and excellent communication skills.

Preferred qualifications
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a medical background. Previous practical experience within family medicine will be considered a strong asset for the candidate. Since the study is a randomized controlled trial nested in general practice, it will be an asset if the candidate is able to establish and maintain good relations to practices throughout the study.

The study requires solid project management skills and the candidate must be the driving force in day-to-day work on the project and able to navigate securely in a randomized controlled trial. Broad knowledge of infections, microbiology and clinical trials will be an advantage. A supervisor team will be connected to the PhD project, but the candidate is expected to be able to work independently on the project and contribute with ideas to the project and to the research plan.

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow are to:

  • Conduct an independent research project under supervision.
  • Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project.
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding.
  • Gain teaching experience and other types of dissemination related to your PhD project.
  • Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings.
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad.

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD program.
  • Relevant work experience.
  • Previous publications.
  • Other professional activities.
  • The successful applicant is also required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills.

Formal requirements
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree (equivalent of the Danish candidate, 3+2 years) related to the subject area of the project.

Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.

As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database:

Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

Furthermore, the successful applicant will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Public Health 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 program at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Place and terms of employment
Place of employment will be at the Department of general practice, University of Copenhagen.

Please read more by following this link:

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the University’s rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension, and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State, or other relevant professional organizations. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around DKK 27,871 / approx. EUR 3,741 (October 2021-level) plus pension.

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor Lars Bjerrum, or Co-supervisor Anne Holm (see contact details above).

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit (International Staff Mobility) and

Application procedure
The application, in English or Danish, must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘APPLY NOW’ below.
The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

  1. Cover letter: Letter stating the interest in and qualifications for the project (max. one page).
  2. Full CV.
  3. Diploma and transcripts of records: Master’s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor’s and master’s degrees). Applicants with a master’s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used.
  4. Publication list (if applicable).
  5. Other information to consider: Possible references and recommendations.

Application deadline: 15 November 2021, 23.59 p.m. 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.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

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

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

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 8,000 students, 1,790 PhD students and 5,100 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.



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