Deadline: February 15, 2018

Karin Beukel

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The Unit for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management, Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO), Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is offering a 3-year position for a postdoc fellow to participate in research projects in within the area of economics and management of biomedical innovation as part of the larger research program CeBIL (Collaborative Research Program in BiomedicalInnovation Law). The position is available from 1 July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  

Description of tasks  

The main tasks of the postdoc fellow will be research regarding assessments of how regulatory changes in biomedical law influence innovation. More specifically, this concerns questions about the relationship between regulatory changes in certain technological domains and the economics of innovation and innovators in the development of a novel biomedical legal framework. As tools for the empirical analysis we expect the postdoc to be in charge of building a large panel dataset combining (a) R&D statistics (e.g. using pharma projects data), (b) patent data (e.g. using Derwent and PATSTAT data) and (c) balance sheet data of firms (e.g. using ORBIS data). On the basis of the this dataset the postdoc will run empirical investigations in order to assess the impact of regulatory changes on the activities and development of innovators and innovations in the domains of antibiotics, orphan drugs, precision medicine, new medical uses and biologics manufacturing. Other tasks include contributions to the development of publications/scientific communications, active research fundraising, and research-based teaching.  

Scientific environment  

The successful candidate will be part of a new Collaborative Research Program in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) supported by a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The overall aim and ambition of CeBIL is to contribute to the translation of groundbreaking biomedical research into safe, effective, affordable and accessible therapies by analyzing the most significant legal challenges to pharmaceutical innovation and public health from a holistic cross-disciplinary perspective (read more here: The position is hosted at IFRO, and will involve a close collaboration with colleagues Professor Marcel Bogers and Assistant Professor Karin Beukel. At the same time, the project is carried out with partners at the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen (who is the host of the CeBIL), and with a unique high profile network of national and international partners. We expect these to include leading experts at inter alia the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, Harvard Medical School, University of Cambridge and University of Michigan. We will also collaborate with public bodies, interest organizations and industry.   
The postdoc will be working at IFRO, where the main activities are research, education, research-based public sector services and broader dissemination, particularly within the fields of environment, natural resources, global development, food and agriculture as well as consumption, bioethics and governance. The postdoc fellow will be part of the section Production, Markets and Policy. The working environment is pleasant, international and collaborative.  
Read more about IFRO here:  

Formal requirements  

Applicants must have a relevant Ph.D. degree, preferably in Economics of Innovation, with experience in the Biomedical related research topic or similar.  
Applicants will be assessed based on their qualifications within the following areas:  

  • Documented scientific qualifications, including a Ph.D. in relation to the above subject areas 
  • Documented insight in innovation in a biomedical context  
  • Experience with applied econometrics and dealing with large datasets (preferably Pharma projects, PATSTAT, and ORBIS) 
  • Documented research proposal writing and fundraising  
  • Experience with working in an interdisciplinary environment   
  • Well-developed collaborative and interpersonal skills   
  • Fluency in English  

Further information on the Department is linked at
Inquiries about the position can be made to Karin Beukel.
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  
Terms of employment  
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.   
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.   
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOWbelow.   
Please include:   

  • Cover letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the postdoc position 
  • A 1-page description of a suggestion for a research plan in relation to the postdoc tasks 
  • Curriculum vitae, detailing your specific experience in relation to this position 
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent) 
  • Complete publication list  
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant publication 
  • List of three references with contact details 

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018 at 23:59 CET. 
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.   
Interview of invited candidates will be held on 20 April 2018. 


Read more and apply here!

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