PhD students

PhD-study at the National Veterinary Institute DTU  
The National Veterinary Institute DTU carries out research and gives advisory services on infectious diseases in livestock and companion animals. Our research projects encompass methods for detection, control and prevention of diseases, and on the interactions between pathogens, the host species and the environment. 
These studies include research on exotic (i.e. non-endemic) virus diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, classical swine fever and Newcastle disease. The projects range from developmental and application-oriented work to basic science research projects. New technology is used to a great extent, e.g. microarray- and nanotechnologies, bioinformatic technology and mathematical modelling. We cover many diverse fields of infectious diseases including: pathology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, immunology, vaccinology, serology as well as epidemiology and risk assessment. 

At present the National Veterinary Institute has approximately 30 PhD students.

The research school at the National Veterinary Institute DTU (VETBIT) 
As a PhD-student at the National Veterinary Institute DTU you will be asociated with the PhD-school for Veterinary Biology and Technology (VETBIT) in the area of infectious diseases of livestock. As the name of the school indicates, it focuses on the interaction between biology (knowledge of the infectious microorganisms, host response and development of disease) and technology, i.e. the development of techniques for studies of the nature of disease – use of bioinformatic technologies for in-silico identification of suitable vaccine candidates, process optimisation for new vaccines, use of mathematic models to predict spread of disease, development of chip-based diagnostic methods and development of ICT systems for research in diseases and welfare of livestock and companion animals.

Leader of the PhD-school at the National Veterinary Institute DTU is Head of Department Niels Tækker Foged. 

Who may apply for a PhD-scholarship?
We are looking for qualified candidates with a focused interest for research and a relevant scientific degree, e.g. veterinarians, biologists, biochemists, engineers or similar educations.

Vacant PhD positions are frequently posted on our website. 

Industrial PhD
We'd like to cooperate with businesses about industrial PhD's, and we see it as a great strength that the student performs research in close interaction with the industry. For further information on the practicalities, please contact Research Coordinator Henrik Engell-Hedager. Read more about the Industrial PhD Programme at Innovationsfonden. 

PhD scholarships are regularly posted on this website. Go to the list of vacant positions at the National Veterinary Institute to see more.

Further information You can get further information about the PhD programme at DTU here.

You can read an inspiring PhD story from the institute here.

Industrial PhD-student Kirsten Bovbjerg does research on type 2 diabetes in animal models

Industrial PhD-student Kirsten Bovbjerg does research on type 2 diabetes in animal models


PhD story: Development of new vaccine against Classical Swine Fever

PhD courses under the auspices of the National Veterinary Institute DTU

Course no.      Title Points (ECTS) Timetable group
23281 Preclinical drug development 5 E, E5A
24001 Human Physiology 5 E2B
24002 Introduction to Quantitative Biology 10 E5
24003 Basic virology 7.5
24004 Dynamic Biological Models 5 F5B
24005 Introduction to molecular diagnostics 5 June
24006 Dynamic Biological Modelling 5 F2A
24023 Quantitative biochemical analysis 5 E2A, E3A
24101 Assay Technology 5 January, June
24102 Development and production of vaccines 5 F4A
24103 Mucosal Immunology 10 E3A, E2B
24104 Immune System Anatomy & Development 5 F4B
24201 Diseases and veterinary aspects related to Aquaculture 5 E2A
24690 Module 1: From idea to project plan in biotech and pharmaceutical research 5 E4B, E3B
24691 Module 2: Pilot project in Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering 5 E4B, E3B, F4B, F3B
24802 Practical introduction to basic research in immunology 5 January
24903 Immunology Journal Club 2.5 E, E
24904 Introduction to your PhD study 2.5 OutsideSchedule
24999 Modelling of disease spread 5 June
26436 Pharmaceutical Drug Development 10 E1
27015 Introductory Project in Biotechology / Human Life Science Engineering 10 E5A, January
27250 Molecular Medical Microbiology 5 E4A
27322 Immunology 10 F3A
36004 Health, Diseases and Technology 10 E4B, January
KU015 Fundamental Pharmacology and Bioavailability of Drugs 7.5 F3A, F2B, F1B
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