PhD Scholarship – CeBIL, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Deadline: 15 July 2019
Open to: applicants who have obtained a degree that corresponds to the Danish Master of Laws or equivalent qualifications with a overall grade average of 8.2 or above
Benefits: if you are offered a PhD position, you will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish law and you will be entitled to an annual research budget


CeBIL, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking to appoint two PhD researchers for a fully funded three-year period. They are looking for candidates with innovative and original ideas, and they strive for excellence in quality and originality.

The successful candidate can commence from 1 November 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) explores the legal challenges and the rapid developments in the biotechnological area. CeBIL brings together scholars from some of the world’s leading research institutions in interdisciplinary collaboration as well as stakeholders from industry, government and civil society. Alongside other projects, CeBIL hosts the Collaborative Research Programme for Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL Programme). This 5-year research programme (2018-22) is supported by a grant of DKK 35 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation and involves partners from CambridgeHarvard Law SchoolHarvard Medical SchoolMichigan, and the UCPH IFRO.

The CeBIL Programme focuses on innovation inefficiencies on the life science frontiers through five concrete interrelated studies. The common aim of the five studies is to optimize legal concepts into enabling tools that will help bring novel technologies, research, and biomedicine together for radical innovation – thereby providing much-needed contribution to bridging bio-pharmaceutical innovation gaps, enhancing translational medicine, and promoting technology transfer. An overarching study on Policy & Synergy will ensure continuous knowledge exchange and synergy across the five concrete studies:

Study 1: Antibiotics
Study 2: Orphan Drugs
Study 3: Precision Medicine, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence
Study 4: New Uses
Study 5: Drug Manufacturing & Biologics
Study 6: Policy & Synergy

The objective of the CeBIL Programme is to demonstrate how legal science methods that take careful account of interdisciplinary insights and “real world” perspectives can generate new knowledge about key factors driving pharmaceutical innovation. In addition, such methods will be utilised to examine how innovation incentives, other than patents, can be applied, combined, optimised and conceptualised in order to either substitute or complement patent protection in new areas of crucial medical applications. Within this context, special focus will also be laid on the impact of emerging digital technologies, big data and artificial intelligence.


  • Applicants must have obtained a degree that corresponds to the Danish Master of Laws or equivalent qualifications. Please visit for more information;
  • Applicants must have obtained a minimum overall grade average of 8.2 or above at the Master’s level in accordance with the Danish grading scale (for Danish scale, see here);
  • Applicants may submit their application before they have completed their Master’s Degree. In that case, they must have submitted their final thesis before applying for this position and receive their final grades before 1 September 2019;
  • Applicants must document an aptitude for research through the meritorious assessment of their final thesis, publications or academic recommendations in order to show that they are capable of undertaking the demanding task of writing a PhD thesis;
  • Applicants must have excellent language skills in English and have excellent communications skills. Applicants must be able to teach at an academic level in Danish or English and to follow Ph.D. courses in English.


Successful candidates will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance concerning the salary of Ph.D. students.

If you are offered a Ph.D. position, you will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish law and you will be entitled to an annual research budget. The Faculty does not provide accommodation.

How to apply?

In order to apply, you must fill in the application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.