Postdoctoral Position in Systems Biology, Single-cell Transcriptomics during Embryonic Development

A postdoctoral position is available within the Functional Genomics and Metabolism Unit, at University of Southern Denmark (SDU). You will be part of Natarajan Lab investigating cell cycle and transcriptional regulation during embryonic development using a range of state-of-art single-cell imaging and transcriptomic approaches and CRISPR-Cas9 perturbations.

Role: The successful applicant will drive our exciting project investigating cell cycle dynamics at single-cell level across different knockout embryonic stem cells. The responsibilities will include
• Profiling phenotypes from stem cell strains at bulk- and single-cell level using state-of-art single-cell imaging, single-cell transcriptomics and functional genomics approaches.
• Generate and analyze high-throughput datasets and characterize cell cycle linked cell fates during stem cell differentiation.

You will also have the opportunity to develop independent ideas within our infrastructure and framework. The successful applicant will be strongly supported by our core infrastructure, facilities, collaborations and expertise in bio-imaging (DaMBIC), single-cell transcriptomics, sequencing, computational analysis (IMADA) and in vivo mouse work.

Requirements: We seek an enthusiastic, creative and motivated colleague with a PhD degree in molecular biology, systems biology or related fields. Candidates should demonstrate expertise and/or experience with performing next-generation sequencing (NGS) experiments (RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq), standard molecular biology techniques (mammalian cell culture, qPCR, WB etc.), flow sorting and data analysis with proficiency in any scripting language (R, Python, Perl etc.).

You should have a good track-record with a positive and collaborative outlook.
Applicants with strong computational background (lacking lab-work) would also be considered. You must demonstrate proficiency handling large-throughput datasets, good track record and willingness to receive training in single-cell methods, functional genomics and molecular biology techniques.

Applicants are expected to be highly motivated, reliable and interested in working in an interdisciplinary and international environment. Finally, a good command of spoken and written English is a requirement.

The position is available for three years with possibility for extension. Start date: 1 August 2018 or soon thereafter. Application deadline: 15 June 2018.

Further information and informal queries can be addressed to Assistant Professor K. Natarajan (

Application, salary etc.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

The application must include the following:
• A detailed curriculum vitae including information on previous employment, summsarised educcation and relevant positions.
• A full list of publications stating the scientific publications on which the applicant wishes to rely.
• Two reference letters containing referee’s contact details and relationship to candidate. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

To qualify you must have passed a PhD or equivalent. Applications will be assessed by an expert assessor/committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

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Deadline: 1 June 2018
Unit: The Faculty of Science
Campus: Odense
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Post expires on Friday June 1st, 2018