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PhD fellow in beetle phylogenetics and big digital data from museum collections

Natural History Museum of DenmarkUniversity of Copenhagen

Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD), Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship within the PHYLORAMA research project commencing 1 April 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The PhD scholarship is part of a collaborative project “Expanding the Tree of Life through a digital view of museum collections (PHYLORAMA)” between the Department of Computer Science (DIKU) and Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD) at University of Copenhagen. As part of this research, DIKU will also offer two additional PhD scholarships with the foci on 1) Automated Visual Taxonomic Identification and Clustering of Insects and 2) 3D Reconstruction of Insect Fossils in Amber. Although each of three PhDs of PHYLORAMA will have certain foci within their respective domains, altogether they are geared towards improving the ways we explore insect phylogenies. Therefore, we call for applicants with the desire to go beyond their domain limits. Interactions and synergy among supervisors and students from the computer science and systematic entomology are at the core of PHYLORAMA. All PhD projects will contribute to the digitalization of the NHMD collections.

A PhD scholarship offered here will have main employment at NHMD and be embedded in the Section of Zoology, but some time will also be spent at DIKU. The NHMD offers a world class international research environment in systematic entomology, with English as official working language in addition to Danish. NHMD has one of the best entomological collections in Europe.

Project description
The Tree of Life (Phylogeny) is a fundamental concept for understanding biodiversity. Yet the position of more than one million insect species remains poorly known within the Tree of Life, partly because of their extreme diversity. Automated pipelines of phylogenomics cannot overcome this impediment alone because of various limitations. By combining computer vision with phylogenetics in entomology, we will explore a possibility of a high throughput pipeline that rapidly acquire images of millions of specimens, both recent and fossil, in the museum collections and cluster them via interpretable deep learning models into the Tree of Life clades based on phenotypes in combination with genomic data. The PHYLORAMA research project is a blend of systematic entomology and computer science, with classical elements from both domains and a shot for innovation in phylogenetic research in entomology by computer science.

Within the PHYLORAMA project, the NHMD seeks a highly motivated applicant for a PhD scholarship who will focus on reconstructing phylogeny of Staphylinidae rove beetles (or one of its large sub-clades). The phylogeny reconstruction will combine established methods of phylogenomics, morphology-based and total-evidence inference with the simultaneous exploration of new ways how to integrate morphological diversity of sampled lineages inferred from specimen images in the museum collections into the phylogenetic workflow.

Principal supervisor for the PhD project is Associate Professor, PhD., Alexey Solodovnikov, Natural History Museum of Denmark, asolodovnikov@snm.ku.dk, Direct Phone: +45 22 61 55 27.

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold a MSc degree in Biological sciences or other relevant area with a focus on zoology, entomology, or phylogenetics, or genomics, or a combination of any of those. The successful applicant is expected to have obtained outstanding grades during the MSc studies, and to be proficient in spoken and written English. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be put on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

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 starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for this PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

Reference letters must be uploaded by the applicant him/herself. The recruiting person must NOT  obtain reference letters which content is not known to the applicant him/herself. This is against Danish law.

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

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Questions
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor, PhD., Alexey Solodovnikov, Natural History Museum of Denmark, asolodovnikov@snm.ku.dk, Direct Phone: +45 22 61 55 27.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd

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Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Deadline: 31 January 2021
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Post expires on Sunday January 31st, 2021

Postdoctoral position in Theoretical Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science (DIKU) at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for postdoctoral positions in theoretical computer science.

Description of the scientific environment

We are looking for outstanding junior researchers with an innovative mind-set and intellectual curiosity to strengthen and complement the research profile of the Algorithms and Complexity Section at DIKU. This is one of the leading research groups in theoretical computer science in Europe, with a strong presence at top-tier conferences like STOC, FOCS, and SODA, and also with publications in premier AI conferences like AAAI, IJCAI, and NeurIPS. We are part of an exciting environment including the Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) centre (https://barc.ku.dk/), joint with the IT University of Copenhagen, and have extensive collaborations with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Lund University on the Swedish side of the Øresund Bridge, as well as with our many visitors. We aim to attract top talent from around the world to an ambitious, creative, collaborative, and fun environment. Using the power of mathematics, we strive to create fundamental breakthroughs in algorithms and complexity theory, but we also have a track record of start-ups and surprising algorithmic discoveries leading to major industrial applications.

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the oldest and largest university in Denmark. It is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia and consistently as one of the top places in Europe. Within computer science, it is currently number 1 in the European Union (post-Brexit) according to the Shanghai Ranking.

Further information about the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of Science can be found at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the positions can be made to Jakob Nordström (jn@di.ku.dk), Rasmus Pagh (pagh@di.ku.dk), Mikkel Thorup (mthorup@di.ku.dk) or Christian Wulff-Nilsen (koolooz@di.ku.dk).

Job description

These are full-time research positions. Teaching of advanced courses is encouraged but not required. Travel funding is included, and we will also start receiving visitors again on a regular basis as soon as the Covid-19 situation permits.

The starting date is flexible from April to September 2021, and the intended duration is 2 years.

The University of Copenhagen is currently expanding strongly in computer science. We expect to have tenure-track openings in theoretical computer science in the coming years, and welcome postdoctoral researchers interested in exploring such opportunities.

Formal requirements

Applicants should have or be about to receive a PhD degree in a subject relevant for the research area, and should have a passionate interest in research. The successful candidate is expected to have a solid background in theoretical computer science and mathematics, and should have a strong research record as witnessed by publications in top conferences such as STOC, FOCS, SODA, CCC, or similar, or in journals of a comparable quality.

The working language of the group is English, and knowledge of English is also fully sufficient to navigate life in Denmark in general. It might also be worth mentioning that Denmark routinely scores at the absolute top in rankings of quality of life such as, e.g., the OECD Better Life Index http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org .

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 starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, should be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (PhD and MSc or equivalent).
  • List of publications including links to the applicant’s pages at DBLP and Google Scholar.
  • Brief research statement with description of research so far and future research goals and interests, and with a short description of 3 selected papers.
  • Copies of the above 3 selected papers.

The University wishes for our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. The deadline for applications is January 24, 2021, 23:59 GMT + 1 After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

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Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Deadline: 24 January 2021
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Datalogisk Institut
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Post expires on Sunday January 24th, 2021

Postdoctoral fellowship – Regulation and control of bacterial CRISPR-Cas immunity

A 2.5-year postdoctoral fellowship on regulation and control of bacterial CRISPR-Cas immunity is available from May 1st 2021, or as soon as possible here after, at the Departments of Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Bacterial viruses (phages) outnumber bacteria 10 to 1 in pretty much any environment, and it is therefore not surprising that bacteria have evolved several mechanisms of phage immunity. CRISPR-Cas systems are immune systems of bacteria that are especially interesting because they are adaptive and, in this capacity, have huge potentials to be utilized for a wealth of biotechnological applications. Despite a large interest in CRISPR-Cas systems over the last decade, fundamental aspects are still poorly understood. We are looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to research one of these aspects, namely how bacterial CRISPR-Cas immunity is regulated and controlled in response to environmental signals and extracellular factors. With this knowledge we wish to manipulate the immunity of non-GMO bacteria used in various green and sustainable biotechnologies to make them less vulnerable to environmental phages. The postdoc will primarily use a combination of molecular and single cell methods including genetic engineering and generation of fluorescence-based bio-reporters, FACS, CLSM, and transcriptomics.

The postdoc position is for 2.5 years and will be carried out at Section of Microbiology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen. Here the fellow will engage in teamwork with the rest of the staff and external collaborators, both national and international. The postdoc’s duties will include research within the above mentioned field as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious researcher who is interested in CRISPR-Cas bacteriology and keen on working with molecular microbiology. Applicants with the following proficiencies will be regarded highly qualified and will be prioritized:

  • Ph.D. (required) in microbiology, molecular microbiology, microbial biotechnology, or equivalent.
  • Documented experience working with bacterium-phage CRISPR-Cas laboratory models.
  • Hands on experience constructing promoter and protein fluorescent fusion reporters
  • Using genetic engineering and synthetic biology approaches in bacteria
  • Making RNA-seq libraries and analyzing bacterial transcriptomes
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

The University of Copenhagen wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. Inquiries about the position can be made to Assistant Professor Jonas Stenløkke Madsen, jsmadsen@bio.ku.dk

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 starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Application:
The application must contain:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

Procedures

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

The deadline for the application is 31 January, 23:59 GMT +1.

Applications received after the deadline, or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements, may not be considered.

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH in this links: http://ism.ku.dk, https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm and https://www.workindenmark.dk/.

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/.

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Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Deadline: 31 January 2021
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Biologisk Institut

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Post expires on Sunday January 31st, 2021

PhD positions in Theoretical Computer Science and/or Combinatorial Optimization

Department of Computer ScienceFaculty of ScienceUniversity of Copenhagen

The Department of Computer Science (DIKU) at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for PhD positions in theoretical computer science and/or combinatorial optimization tentatively commencing 1 September 2021 (but the starting date is negotiable).

Description of the scientific environment
The PhD students will be working in the Algorithms and Complexity Section at DIKU. This is one of the leading research groups in theoretical computer science in Europe, with a strong presence at top-tier conferences like STOC, FOCS, and SODA, and also with publications in premier AI conferences like AAAI, IJCAI, and NeurIPS. We are part of an exciting environment including the Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) centre (https://barc.ku.dk/), joint with the IT University of Copenhagen, and have extensive collaborations with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Lund University on the Swedish side of the Øresund Bridge, as well as with our many visitors. We aim to attract top talent from around the world to an ambitious, creative, collaborative, and fun environment. Using the power of mathematics, we strive to create fundamental breakthroughs in algorithms and complexity theory, but we also have a track record of start-ups and surprising algorithmic discoveries leading to major industrial applications.

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the oldest and largest university in Denmark. It is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia and consistently as one of the top places in Europe. Within computer science, it is currently number 1 in the European Union (post-Brexit) according to the Shanghai Ranking.

Further information about the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of Science can be found at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the positions can be made to Jakob Nordström (jn@di.ku.dk), Rasmus Pagh (pagh@di.ku.dk), or Mikkel Thorup (mthorup@di.ku.dk).

Job description
The position is available for period of 3-5 years, depending on your current education level as discussed further below, and your key tasks as a PhD student are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project.
  • Attend PhD courses.
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis.
  • Teach and disseminate your research.
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad.
  • Work for the department.

Requirements
Applicants should have or be about to obtain either a BSc or an MSc degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related field. The successful candidates are expected to have a strong background and passionate interest in mathematics and computer science, as demonstrated by excellent grades in relevant courses, or by results at the Olympiads of Mathematics or Informatics, or by publication in relevant internationally recognized conferences or journals. Problem solving skills and creativity are a must. For candidates interested in applied research, strong programming skills are required.

Applicants need to be highly motivated for doctoral studies; should possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis, and also have good levels of communicative abilities and English language skills.

The working language of the group is English, and knowledge of English is also fully sufficient to navigate life in Denmark in general. It might also be worth mentioning that Denmark routinely scores at the absolute top in rankings of quality of life such as, e.g., the OECD Better Life Index http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org.

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 starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme
The position is also available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in computer science. The duration of the integrated programme depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme please see: www.science.ku.dk/phd, “Study Structures”.

Scholarship and terms of employment for integrated MSc and PhDPhD grant portions (Ph.D.‐SU klip)
In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme (up to three years), the student is entitled to so-called PhD grant portions. The grant portions are financed by the grant donor but not by the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme Agency (as is the case for the ordinary study grant portions on the BSc and MSc programmes). They are called PhD grant portions because this kind of remuneration is regulated and described in the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen), and because the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of an ordinary Danish study grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portions during the period of their MSc and PhD studies.

48 PhD grant portions at DKK 6,243 each, corresponding to DKK 299,664 (approx. €39,955).

‘Duty work’
As a supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student may, in accordance with the collective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), be offered ‘duty work’. In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme, students performing ‘duty work’ are paid by the hour. UCPH has decided to offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of ‘duty work’ per year during Part A of the programme (until two years of the combined programme of study remain). ‘Duty work’ during Part A if it has a duration of three years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 219.79 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 111,267 (approx. €14,835). For further information about Part A please see: https://www.science.ku.dk/phd/studystructure/integratedphd/

Salary in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC)
In the period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student is employed as a PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The scheme is arranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a time when there are two years left of the integrated programme. For this reason, the salary must be paid for a period of two years in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well as pension contributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 32,078 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 769,873 (approx. €102,650).

Application Procedure
The application should be written in English and should be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Brief statement as to why the applicant wishes to conduct doctoral studies, including a description of the applicant’s qualifications and interests.
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc).
  • If applicable, acceptance letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any.
  • Other information for consideration, e.g., BSc/MSc thesis or research publications.
  • Possibly 1-3 reference letters.

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

The deadline for applications is January 24, 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD positions, please contact Jakob Nordström (jn@di.ku.dk), Rasmus Pagh (pagh@di.ku.dk), or Mikkel Thorup (mthorup@di.ku.dk).

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd.

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Deadline: 24 January 2021
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Department of Computer Science
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Post expires on Sunday January 24th, 2021

A PhD fellowship in Malaria Immunology in the TARGETs group, at Centre for Medical Parasitology (CMP), The Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

The Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM) invites applicants for a 3 year PhD fellowship in malaria immunology. The fellowship is available from 1 March 2021 or as soon as possible.  

Job description

The PhD fellow is expected to contribute to a project on the pathogenesis of cerebral malaria supported by the Lundbeckfoundation. Cerebral malaria develops in a subset of parasite-infected patients, and is believed to involve a particular subset of malaria (PfEMP1) proteins. These proteins were identified by the TARGETs group (doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2017.02.009), a group headed by Professor Anja Ramstedt Jensen at Center for Medical Parasitology. To further elucidate the mechanisms underlying the development of cerebral malaria our research includes in vitro molecular and immunological characterization of proteins associated with severe malaria. This, among other projects, includes looking at host endothelial cell responses to binding of parasites, discovery and characterization of additional brain-endothelial receptor interactions utilised by malaria parasites, and the use of a novel 3D blood-brain-barrier model. The research in the TARGETs team is conducted in collaboration with researchers at the University of Ghana, Harvard Medical School, University of Melbourne, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as other institutions. While the PhD fellow is expected to contribute to all phases of the cerebral malaria project, the specific aim of the PhD project is to help elucidate the immunological mechanisms underlying the development of cerebral malaria including host cell responses at the blood-brain-barrier, as well as the role of immune cells.

Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are to:

  • Carry out independent research under supervision
  • Participate in an active research environment, to partake and co-author publications
  • Complete PhD courses, or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Obligated to conduct some undergraduate teaching and associated examinations or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Principal supervisor is Professor Anja Ramstedt Jensen, Center for Medical Parasitology, Department of Immunology and Microbiology. The PhD student will be jointly supervised by Anja Ramstedt Jensen and Assistant Professor Yvonne Adams, the TARGETs group. 

Scientific environment

The research at Centre for Medical Parasitology is mainly focused on malaria and cancer, and is predominantly supported by external grants. The Centre is part of a well-established international scientific network, composed of scientists in Europe, Africa, America and Australia. More than 70 scientists and technicians are affiliated to CMP. A large proportion of these are engaged in graduate, as well as postgraduate training. The staff at CMP represents with a mix of junior and senior researchers of different cultural, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. All activities are organised in thematically defined teams, each led by a senior scientist.

Centre for Medical Parasitology is located on the 11th floor of the Maersk Tower; this building provides state-of-the-art experimental facilities, in addition to important core facilities at the neighbouring Panum building.

The working language of the University is English, and knowledge of English is also fully sufficient to navigate life in Denmark in general. Denmark as a country routinely scores at the top in rankings of quality of life such as e.g., the OECD Better Life Index http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org

Required qualifications

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a MSc degree related to the subject area of the project.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a background in/experience of immunology (B and/or T cells), cell culture, flow cytometry (FACS), microscopy, and image analysis. Knowledge on RNA-seq, bioinformatics and/or protein expression will be seen as advantages.

Other selection criteria considered important:

  • Fluency in English
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Strong motivation and excellent scientific skills
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD program
  • Previous publications, especially first author publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written

In all cases, the ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration, and thus the University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment:

The successful PhD candidate will be offered a full-time position for a period of three years, contingent on a satisfactory performance, with the specific intent that it results in a PhD degree and scientific publications.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant 

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’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. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 27,590 DKK /approx. 3,700 EUR (April 2020-level) plus pension.

Questions

Further information about the TARGETs team, CMP and ISIM can be obtained at http://cmp.ku.dk and http://isim.ku.dk, respectively. Direct inquiries about the position can be directed to the head of the TARGETs team, Professor Anja Ramstedt Jensen atrj@sund.ku.dk.

Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility) and www.workingconditions.ku.dk.

Application procedure

The application must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Applications must be written in English and include:

  • Cover Letter, detailing your  motivation and background for applying for the PhD project (up to 1 A4 page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if any)
  • A copy of MSc diploma and grade transcripts
  • A short review of scientific research conducted previously for an MSc thesis or equivalent
  • Names, e-mails, telephone numbers and addresses of 2-3 referees

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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 http://employment.ku.dk

The deadline for applications is 3 January 2021. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. With 37,000 students and 9,000 employees, it is among the largest universities in Scandinavia and one of the highest ranking in Europe. The University consists of six faculties, which cover Health and Medical Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science, Social Sciences and Theology.

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Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Deadline: 3 January 2021
Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Campus: Department of Immunology and Microbiology
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Post expires on Sunday January 3rd, 2021

Two PhD fellows in Computer Science

Department of Computer Science
University of Copenhagen

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is offering two PhD scholarships in Machine Learning in Medicine commencing 01.03.2021 and 01.06.2021, repectively or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The PhD projects will be hosted by the IMAGE section, which performs research in medical image analysis, machine learning, and computer vision. Our section collaborates with main Danish hospitals such as Rigshospitalet and industry partners, so we aim to develop top-level machine learning solutions with a focus on practical applicability.Dr. Ibragimov is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science. He has strong collaborative ties with Stanford University USA, MD Anderson Cancer Center USA, University of Ljubljana, and other international institutions. The PhD candidates will likely be asked to spend 3-6 months of his/hers study at one of these institutions.

Project description
Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest cancers in the world. Currently, surgical removal of a pancreas segment/whole pancreas is the most common treatment for pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic surgery planning is non-trivial as pancreatic tumors are usually very aggressive and rapidly grow into inoperable stages. Up to 40% of patients with pancreatic tumors undergo exploratory surgeries that aim to identify tumor resectability. Some pancreatic tumors can become resectable if the surgery is augmented with chemotherapy. The Ph.D. projects will be about developing artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for assisting pancreatic surgery planning.

The Ph.D. fellows will research how individual steps of pancreatic surgery planning can be augmented with AI. This will include applying AI for pancreatic image analysis, tumor and surrounding tissue segmentation, tumor vascularization estimation, tumor enhancement, etc. The fellows will learn how to apply AI for solving real-life clinical challenges and evaluate and document the obtained result. This work will be executed in close collaboration with the Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen.

Principal supervisor is Professor Jon Sporring, Department of Computer Science. Co-supervisor is Tenure Track Assisting Professor Bulat Ibragimov, Department of Computer Science.

Job description
The two positions is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering or other relevant area with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment
The two positions 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 starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project. 1-page max.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

Reference letters must be uploaded by the applicant him/herself. The recruiting person must NOT  obtain reference letters which content is not known to the applicant him/herself. This is against Danish law.

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

The deadline for applications is 5th of January 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Questions
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact Assisting Professor Bulat Ibragimov, Department of Computer Science, email: bulat@di.ku.dk, Phone: +45 3532 8292.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd

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Deadline: 5 January 2021
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Department of Computer Science
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Post expires on Tuesday January 5th, 2021

Postdoc within Gut virome research

Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen, is recognized for excellence in food research, food science education, and industry collaboration. It covers all disciplines of food science from raw materials to processing and consumption, and is organized in four sections, one of which is the section for “Food Microbiology and Fermentation”, where the position is placed. Gut microbiome research is a strong focus area and during the last 5 years the viruses residing in the gastrointestinal tract (bacteriophages as well as archaeal and eukaryotic viruses – also termed the gut virome) and their interactions with their microbiological hosts as well as the mammalian host has become a particular research focus. Further information about the Department can be found at https://food.ku.dk/.

The postdoc’s duties will include research within gut virome research. The post may also include performance of other duties.

The position is open from 1st February 2021or as soon as possible thereafter for 16 months with possibility for prolongation of the contract.

Preferred qualifications

The preferred candidate holds a PhD within microbiology or related research fields and has strong experience within gut microbiome research in general and gut virome research in particular. The project will combine wet-lab work (including animal experiments) with bioinformatics and the ideal candidate will have strong experience with both. Furthermore, it is expected that the candidate has strong qualifications within several of the following areas:

  • Animal experiments (holds a FELASA licence or similar)
  • Bacteriophages and methods for their characterization (plaque assays etc.)
  • Cultivation of obligate anaerobic bacteria
  • Virome characterization of complex environments

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 starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include:

  • Curriculum vitae-Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Complete publication list-Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

Interviews will be held first or second week of January 2021.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

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

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Deadline: 15 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Food Microbiology and Fermentation
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Post expires on Tuesday December 15th, 2020

Postdoctoral position in the political economy of global tracking

The department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a 22 months postdoctoral position in the political economy of global tracking to be filled by March1 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job content  

The Privacy Lost project

The Privacy Lost project uses web tracking (based on cookies and scripts embedded in websites) as a key exemplar of digital surveillance. By mapping the historical diffusion of web tracking through web archives, the project aims to make core elements and dynamics of digital surveillance visible. The ultimate aim of the project is to understand how the dynamics of tracking have been shaped by variations in economic, social and cultural factors across the globe, and how this in turn sheds light on the development of surveillance capitalism.

The engineers of early web tracking companies were quick to realize how tracking could combine with machine learning and be monetized. The project will use similar tools to understand web tracking in a way that is at once fine-grained and large-scale. As part of the project, the historical top-thousands of web pages from multiple geographic and cultural regions will be harvested and classified automatically by genre and tracker types using standard methods from applied machine learning; the results will be further analyzed using methods from network science, information retrieval, and natural language processing, combined with state-of-the-art methods from media studies.

Role of the post doc

The role of the post doc in the project will be to contribute to the theoretical framework of the project by adapting existing theoretical frameworks (e.g. of media systems theory and globalization) to encompass the development of web based surveillance as a part of the wider development of surveillance capitalism. An integral part of this will be to understand how social, cultural and economic factors have combined to shape the availability and use of different types of websites in different countries, and how web tracking relates to this. A particular challenge will be to develop the framework so that it can be operationalized in relation to the empirical material collected as part of the project as a whole. All work will be done in an interdisciplinary environment.

The project will offer the successful applicant an opportunity to participate in pioneering work on the development of surveillance capitalism, and to combine theories and methods from computer science and media studies.

The post doc will be jointly supervised by Associated professors Rasmus Helles (KOMM) and Jakob Grue Simonsen (DIKU) and will be joined by another post doc scholar and a PhD student working on the project. The post doc is expected to partake in, and co-author, publications in traditional venues in computer science (e.g., WWW), respectively in media research (e.g., New Media and Society), and at highly regarded interdisciplinary venues (e.g., PNAS).

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have or be about to receive a PhD degree in a subject relevant for the research area, e.g. media studies, digital communication or similar, and should have a passionate interest in research. The successful candidate will have a background in an area relevant to the advertisement, for example, media systems analysis, surveillance studies, digital media sociology etc. Experience in computational methods in media and communication studies is an advantage, as is experience with interdisciplinary research, for instance with the computer science.

For further information about the position, please contact Rasmus Helles rashel@hum.ku.dk  

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013: https://ufm.dk/en/legislation/prevailing-laws-and-regulations/education/files/job-structure-for-academic-staff-at-universities-2013.pdfApplication

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Application letter/cover letter (max 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of how the applicant will contribute to the deliverables in the project description.
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination, if any
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Appointment procedureAfter the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Further information about the application procedure is available from Salma Schou (HR), e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk Please refer to ID number 211-0605/20-2I. 

Salary and conditions of employmentTerms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 33,600 (EUR 4,507) per month + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please read more here: https://ism.ku.dk/salary-tax-pension/pension/

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here : http://ism.ku.dkk, http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 20 December 2020 [CET]

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

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Deadline: 20 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Humanities
Campus: Institut for Kommunikation
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Postdoc in Bacterial Communication at Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 2-year Post doc. position, who is expected to commence 1 March 2021 or soon thereafter.

The position concerns the human pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus, the rely on bacterial communication (quorum sensing) for regulation of virulence gene expression. It is part of a project funded by the Leo Foundation where we will investigate quorum sensing inhibitors as a way of reducing toxin production and consequently disease caused by S. aureus. Particularly we will examine active compounds produced by probiotic bacteria and the interactions will be studied in molecular details as well as in simple model systems. Ultimately, the goal is to find probiotic strains that may be used for treatment of staphylococcal infections particularly related to skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis. The project will be conducted in collaboration with partners at UCPH, Panum and Statens Serum Institut.

Information on the department can be found at: https://ivh.ku.dk/english/

Our research
We study the human pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus, and it’s amazing ability to produce a vast number of toxins and other virulence factors. Colonization and virulence factors are controlled by quorum sensing but the signals involved can be short-circuited by other organisms producing similar signal molecules. Here we will examine if cross-talk between S. aureus and probiotic bacteria may actually be applied in limiting some diseases for example atopic dermatitis where S. aureus is likely to play a critical role in disease severity. We work with a number of national and international collaborators and we value a positive and creative working environment that allows for exchange of ideas and research results.

Your job

Your tasks will be

  • to develop new genetic reporter systems that monitor quorum sensing in clinical strains related to atopic dermatitis,
  • to establish collections of strains with potential probiotic characteristics and perform screenings for quorum sensing-interference
  • characterize quorum sensing inhibiting activities at molecular and chemical level in collaboration with project partners
  • ensure frequent exchange of results and ideas with project partners
  • to participate actively in the scientific activities of the research group,

Profile We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in molecular microbiology related to bacterial pathogens
  • You are highly experienced in bacterial physiology of pathogens
  • You experience with complex regulatory networks
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience/knowledge or interest in probiotic bacteria
  • Experience/knowledge or interest in chemistry
  • Knowledge of working with eukaryotic cell cultures

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and instrumentation as technologies the facilities needed for working at BSL2 level.

 

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is [a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years]. Starting date is 1/3 2021 or soon thereafter.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 33,600 DKK/ approx. 4,480 Euro (April 2018-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

 Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

 The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of 2020.

 

Questions
For further information please contact Professor Hanne Ingmer, hi@sund.ku.dk;
www.sund.ku.dk

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).

 Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications.

 

Application deadline: 10 January 2021, 23.59pm 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. 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

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

 

Interviews are expected to be held in week 4-5

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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Deadline: 10 January 2021
Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Campus: Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
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Postdoc in post-GWAS analysis of metabolic diseases using multimodal single-cell sequencing

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic researcher with expertise in analysis and interpretation of high-throughput multi-omic data (genome-wide association data, transcriptomics, epigenomics, etc.) to work in the Hansen Group for Genomic Physiology and Translation. The position is a 3-year position to start 1 March 2021.

Background

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) is a vibrant international research environment with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. Our researchers share a common purpose as they seek to transform the basic understanding of the mechanisms involved in metabolic health and disease to accelerate this knowledge toward new prevention and treatment strategies. The Center’s research has resulted in seminal discoveries as to how genes, hormones, and environmental factors influence metabolic health and disease throughout life. You can read more about us here: www.cbmr.ku.dk.

Our group and research

The Hansen Group investigates the human genome and the human global microbiome to characterize the impact of these genomes on health and disease and to identify interactions between the host and the microbiome. You can read more about the Hansen Group here.

Project description

The project aims to use multi-modal single-cell sequencing to partition the genetic risk of metabolic diseases. The project will be based on biopsies obtained from the liver, which will be subjected to multiple single-cell assays. Using this multi-modal dataset, specific regulatory networks of DNA regulatory elements and genes can be assigned to each cell type. This atlas or catalogue of genomic regions is specific to each cell type and can, in combination with extensive GWAS data available at the CBMR, be used to partition the risk of metabolic diseases across cell types. This will drastically increase the resolution for analysing GWAS data in its proper biological and clinical context.

Your job

Your responsibilities will include carrying out all major computational analyses of the project: Analysing GWAS data in relation to scRNA-Seq, scATAC-Seq and scChIP-Seq data obtained from liver biopsies. You will apply state-of-the-art tools from single-cell multi-omics and post-GWAS analyses to partition the genetic risk of metabolic diseases across cell types. This includes variant-to-function analyses of metabolic disease-associated genetic loci to prioritize causal genetic variants, genes and cell types, and definition of cell type-specific polygenic risk scores for metabolic diseases for better subtyping of patients. The accuracy of the latter will be evaluated via recall-by-genotype.

In addition, you must have excellent communication and organisational skills as you will contribute to collaborative work with colleagues in the Hansen group and at the Center.

Profile

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and qualifications:

  • PhD in bioinformatics or computational biology
  • Strong interest in the clinical aspects of transcriptional regulation and regulatory variation
  • High level of proficiency in programming and experience in applying statistical methods to genomic data (preferably in the statistical programming language R)
  • Experience with various types of post-GWAS analyses (e.g., partitioned heritability, cell type enrichments, statistical fine-mapping, polygenic risk scores)
  • Experience with joint analyses of multiple -omics assays (RNA-Seq, ATAC-Seq, HiC, ChIP-Seq, etc.)
  • Experience with single-cell sequencing analysis is beneficial, but not required
  • The ability to interpret genetic results in a physiological and clinical setting together with clinicians
  • Previous experience in working with blood banks
  • Demonstrated capacity for effective teamwork
  • Proven track record showing scientific productivity in peer reviewed journals
  • Experience in supervising other researchers at different levels
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Maersk Tower, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of employment

The employment as Postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 3 years. Starting date is 1 March 2021.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of 2020.

Questions

For further information please contact Research Coordinator Lise Ryborg at lise.ryborg@sund.ku.dk. For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at SUND-HR-CBMR@sund.ku.dk.

International applicants may find these links useful www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility) and https://www.workindenmark.dk/.

Application procedure

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do
  • List of publications

Application deadline: 9 December 2020 at 23.59pm 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. 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 may read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

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 University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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Deadline: 9 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Campus: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
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Post expires on Wednesday December 9th, 2020

Postdoctoral Researcher in Green Organic Polymer Chemistry

The Green Bioorganic Chemistry Group, Department of Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen is offering a post-doctoral research position for one year with a possible extension for another year. The group study advanced bioorganic chemistry in order to develop environmental friendly chemical production methods and products, as well as tools for combating diseases. The group primarily synthesizes organic molecules/polymers and screens these for biodegradability and towards variety of biomedical targets.

Job description
For our team working on developing biodegradable thermoplastics inspired by the structure of biopolymers we seek an experienced postdoctoral researcher skilled in organic chemistry, preferably with experience in polymer chemistry. The major objectives will be development of new biodegradable polyether and polycarbonate based plastics. More specifically, the major research tasks will be (1) organic synthesis of monomers, (2) polymerization reactions, (3) casting of polymers, (4) material characterization and (5) evaluation of biodegradability. In addition to the laboratory based work research project management and writing of publication drafts will be major assignments. The job also includes daily supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students working with related projects. The work will be in close collaboration with our interdisciplinary group of engineers, biologists and organic chemists. The post may also include performance of teaching and other duties for the Department of Chemistry.

Qualification requirements
The candidate must have a PhD with polymer chemistry or organic chemistry at the core of the thesis. Excellent command of the English language in speaking and writing must be demonstrated. Prior publications within organic/polymer chemistry are a prerequisite.

Other key qualifications included in the assessment of candidates are:

  • Strong publication record relevant to the research topic
  • Experience with epoxide chemistry and/or cyclic ether ring opening polymerization
  • Ability to write manuscripts at the publication ready level
  • Motivation and experience with supervision and training of research students
  • Teaching experience within organic chemistry
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with others
  • Curiosity driven interdisciplinary approach to science and an open mindset
  • Ability to work independently and manage research projects
  • Experience with maintaining laboratory infrastructure and equipment

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Associate Professor Frederik Diness (email: fdi@chem.ku.dk, phone: +4525488664) or Head of Department Pernille Harris.

The position is open from 1 March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter. State your motivation for applying and describe how your profile contributes to the project.
  • CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Complete list of publications
  • Separate reprints of up to 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is the 20 December 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews will be held on week 4 2021.

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Deadline: 20 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Kemisk Institut
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Post expires on Sunday December 20th, 2020

PhD fellow in Plant Membrane Biochemistry

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Plant Membrane Biochemistry commencing 01.02.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The focus of Fuglsang lab is to identify and elucidate signal transduction pathways regulating the activity of plasma membrane H+-ATPases as response to both abiotic and biotic stresses. Our focus is on protein kinases, phosphatases and signaling peptides. A broad range of techniques within biochemistry, bioimaging, molecular biology and biophysics are employed. We have developed pH biosensors especially for in vivo measuring of pH as response to physiological changes.We have expertise within the area of protein-protein interactions, phospho-proteomics, molecular biology, heterologous expression and molecular plant physiology.

For further details, please see https://plen.ku.dk/english/research/transport_biology/stpii/

Project description
The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture have greatly reduced the number and diversity of microorganisms in the environment. There is a great demand for new biologicals to facilitate the trend towards sustainable agriculture, with the emerging awareness of soil microbiome. Biologicals is a class of agricultural products that include biopesticides, biofertilizers, and biostimulants, all of which are derived from natural material, such as animals, plants, bacteria, and fungi. The aim of the project is to establish (I) the plant plasma membrane H+-ATPase as a new target for bioherbicides, (II) proof-of-concept based on the fungal compound tenuazonic acid (TeA), through genetically engineering of the biochemical pathway in TeA producing fungi, and finally (III) To screen fungal extract for compounds with potential as new biofertilizers or biostimulants having the plant plasma membrane H+-ATPase as target.

Principal supervisor is Professor Anja Thoe Fuglsang, PhD, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, email: atf@plen.ku.dk, direct Phone: +45 35 33 25 86.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in biology/biotechnology with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience, including purification and characterization of membrane proteins from plant material.

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 starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Program at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-2 names for potential references

Reference letters must be uploaded by the applicant him/herself. The recruiting person must NOT obtain reference letters which content is not known to the applicant him/herself. This is against Danish law.

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

The deadline for applications is Sunday 13 December 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Questions
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor [Professor Anja Thoe Fuglsang, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, atf@plen.ku.dk,  Direct phone: +45 35 33 25 86

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd.

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Deadline: 13 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
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PhD scholarship within the Research Project “Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition” in the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.

The Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for one 3-year PhD scholarship within the research project “Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition”. The research project is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. The successful candidate will start February 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
“Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition” examines the impact of Denmark’s Citizens’ Climate Assembly on the Danish political system. The overall research question is: In what way might the assembly strengthen support for green transition policies, and to what extent will it affect existing channels for public debate and democratic decision-making? DIGT aims to answer these questions through a new framework that combines the study of deliberative democracy with affect theory, new materialism, and science and technology studies (STS). The project draws on both qualitative and quantitative methods, and it is organized around three subprojects, which together will allow the project to assess how Denmark’s Citizen Climate Assembly could, and can be expected to, contribute positively to a national green transition.

The PhD scholarship
The PhD scholarship is part of a subproject that examines the Citizen Climate Assembly’s model of democratic participation, with a focus on its capacity for empowerment and support for green transition policies. The PhD. project can make use of quantitative or qualitative/ethnographic methods and interviews to observe the assembly’s meetings. The subproject will also look at other uses of such mini-publics in order to specify the kind of deliberative practices that are most likely to generate support for green transition policies. The subproject is managed by Lars Tønder, Professor mso (Professor with special responsibilities).

Are you the right candidate?
Preferred applicants will have an interest in questions related to democratic theory, climate change, and citizenship. We are looking for candidates with strong analytical skills and proven methodological qualifications. The successful candidate must have strong Danish language skills. We accept applications under the 5+3 and the 4+4 PhD program (see information below). Please note that students who are expecting to graduate this term and are awaiting the evaluation of their dissertation/master thesis may apply under the 5+3 program.

Please contact Professor mso Lars Tønder (lt@ifs.ku.dk) for a full description of the research project and more information about the position.

Information
Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences: https://samf.ku.dk/phd-skolen/english/

https://samf.ku.dk/phd-skolen

Under “Legal basis” on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD study programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.

Information about the PhD study programme is also available on the PhD website of the Department of Political Science: https://politicalscience.ku.dk/education/phd/https://polsci.ku.dk/uddannelser/phd/

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the Department before submitting their application. Further information can be found here: https://politicalscience.ku.dk/

Applications
The University of Copenhagen is committed to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment that reflects the diversity of society and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, age, disability, ethnicity etc.

  • In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship, the applicant has to enroll as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.

The application must be submitted electronically, using the APPLY NOW button below, and must include:

  • Project abstract (Please fill in the project abstract in the application form. Must not exceed 1.200 characters.)
  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • Project description (recommended no more than 12,000 keystrokes not including bibliography)
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Time schedule
  • Budget
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)

Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file.

Scholarship in the 5+3 or in the 4+4 PhD study programme 

The 5+3 PhD study programme In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation includes teaching.

The 4+4 PhD study programme Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enroll as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.

The Phd fellow is expected to seek funding for fieldwork as this is not included in the scholarship.

Application process
On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find information about the application process, and enclosures to include with your electronic application:

https://samf.ku.dk/phd-skolen/english/applicants/application/current_advertisement/https://samf.ku.dk/phd-skolen/til_ansogere/ansoegning/aktuelle_opslag/ After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.

The following criteria apply when we shortlist candidates for assessment:

1. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal.

2. Quality and feasibility of the project.

3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant disciplines.

4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.

5. Department of Political Science can offer adequate supervision for the research topic in question.

Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and 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 here.

An Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Researrch, see https://employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu-charter-for-researchers/

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: https://ism.ku.dk/

Contact information
Information about the recruitment process is available from Pernille Lykke Paulsen HR, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number: 211-0607/20-2H #1

The closing date for applications is 13 December 2020, 23:59 [CET]

Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

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Deadline: 13 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus: Institut for Statskundskab
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Postdoc position in early life human virome

If you have experience with microbiology, microbiome research and/or analysis of metagenome data, then you could be exactly what we’re looking for.

In recent years, we have begun to understand the important role of the human microbiome in protecting us from chronic disease. The vast majority of human microbiome research has focused on the bacterial communities inhabiting our bodies, and we have found that the compositions of both gut and airways in the first year of life are important determinants for later asthma and allergy development. However, viruses are at least as abundant as bacteria in the human organism and while only a fraction infect human cells, most, so called bacteriophages, infect bacteria. In this project, we want to understand whether viruses also affect early life health and disease development through childhood.

Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood (COPSAC) is an internationally renowned research group consisting of approx. 45 employees all dedicated to revealing the causes of childhood asthma, allergy and eczema, as well as other chronic diseases in children. We have extensive data from children on the many aspects of these diseases including symptoms, but also their general health, their genetics, epigenetics, metabolomics and immunological profiles.

COPSAC is part of Greater Copenhagen Health Science Partners (GCHSP) – an initiative to facilitate translational collaboration between basic scientists at University of Copenhagen, The Technical University of Denmark and clinical researchers at the hospitals in Greater Copenhagen. Professor Hans Bisgaard leads the Clinical Academic Group (CAG) entitled “Modulating the Infant Microbiome for Disease Prevention”.

In the COPSAC microbiome group, we work with microbial data from 700 mother-child pairs collected longitudinally from pregnancy up through childhood including samples from the gut, respiratory tract, skin, mothers’ vagina and infants’ bed dust. So far, we have about 7,000 samples characterized with16S sequencing, and additionally with metagenomics for certain samples. Viromes have been deeply sequenced in the gut of the 700 children at age one year, and over the postdoc project period, we will also get viromes sequenced from mothers’ vaginas in pregnancy and the early airways and gut of all cohort children in an effort which is unmatched worldwide. The virome project is done in close collaboration with the lab of Professor Dennis S. Nielsen, Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen.

From microbiome studies, we know that the bacterial development and maturation are immense and dynamic from birth and that the environment plays a big role for the early colonization patterns. In the proposed project, the new virome dataset will allow you to evaluate whether the same holds true for viruses and compare these patterns over time to the development of health and disease in children. Interrelatedness between disease associated bacterial compositions and the virome composition will allow for mechanistic insight into whether the virome exerts a direct effect on disease development or only acts through bacterial manipulation, which will be an important part of the project to disentangle.

As a Postdoc at COPSAC you’ll:

  • Join the microbiome group and contribute with the analysis of our complex clinical and microbiological data
  • Get the opportunity to create your own research profile based on your experience and interests
  • Join a highly qualified team of microbiologists, bioinformaticians, medical doctors and clinicians
  • Get the support of a large administrative team of data managers, IT support, and fundraising
  • Be part of a well-functioning and inspiring workplace with a sincere and fun atmosphere
  • Get loads of opportunities for bouncing ideas off colleagues and seeking advice

Your profile:

  • You have a PhD or equivalent experience, likely within microbiology, bioinformatics or molecular biomedicine
  • You have extensive experience in performing and interpreting statistical analyses in R or equivalent analysis language and have many scalable tools at your disposal, including for multivariate visualization and statistical analysis. You may also have experience with applied machine learning.
  • You have experience within metagenomics, microbiome analyses or comparative genomics.
  • You have a good understanding of how microbiological systems work and evolve
  • You are curious and passionate and would like to be in the front line, where research makes a difference
  • You’d like to join a team and help support the group, but are also comfortable working independently, exploring own ideas
  • You enjoy communicating science, writing papers and exploring new ideas in grant proposals

Help make a difference

You will play a crucial role as a postdoctoral fellow in a highly interdisciplinary research environment, which publishes scientific articles in the highest-ranking international journals. We have strong ambitions with plenty of space for sparring and professional development. You will work within a team of colleagues who are all passionate about their work and proud of their achievements. The research group is in the limelight, internationally, and the research topic enjoys great public interest. We have an amazing transnational and informal working environment, characterized by a pleasant atmosphere.

Are you interested?

If you want to know more about the position, please contact Jakob Stokholm (+45 38677497) or Marianne Mikkelsen (+45 38673636) or read more about the research center at: www.copsac.com

The position is a 2-year project position.  Application deadline is 6th of December, 2020. Salary and employment will be by agreement and according to current rules in the Capital Region of Denmark.

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Deadline: 6 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Campus: Herlev og Gentofte Hospital
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PhD fellow in endocrine regulation of metabolism in Drosophila

Department of BiologyFaculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

 

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in investigating the endocrine regulation of metabolism in Drosophila commencing 01.03.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The Rewitz lab at University of Copenhagen is currently on the lookout for a Ph.D.-student colleague! The lab is working intensively on aspects of endocrine regulation of development, metabolism, and behavior in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, and the projects for which we are recruiting students are in this area.

 

The Rewitz lab at the moment comprises Prof. Kim Rewitz (Principal Investigator), one Associate Professor, one Assistant Professor, one Ph.D. student, two research assistants, six Master’s students, and a laboratory manager/technician. Prior experience with Drosophila genetics and behavior is a strong advantage. No preference will be given in any way to any aspect of the applicant’s non-scientific background, including ethnicity, sex and identity, nationality, and so on.

 

Project description

Endocrine signals from the gut that regulate metabolism

Animal bodies are made up of a collection of different organs, each with different functions. To maintain energy homeostasis, each organ has access to different aspects of information about the internal nutritional state of the animal and of its environment. In our lab, one of our research goals is to identify hormonal signals that regulate metabolism; the gut, as the first organ that can assess recently eaten food, is a likely source of these signals. There are about two thousand potentially secreted proteins encoded in the fly genome, any of which might act as a hormonal signal from the gut to some other tissue – the brain, the fat, or the musculature – apprising them of new nutritional information. In this work, we aim to comprehensively screen the gut “secretome” for metabolism-regulating hormonal signals using tissue-specific gene knockdown and CRISPR manipulations, with phenotypic readouts including metabolite levels, survival, stress resistance, fecundity, and so on. Follow-up studies on identified factors of interest will include, for example, genetic manipulations, metabolomic assessments, and imaging studies to allow us to integrate new signals into known metabolism-regulating frameworks, such as insulin signaling.

 

Principal supervisor is Professor, Kim Rewitz, Department of Biology, Kim.Rewitz@bio.ku.dk, Direct Phone: +45 6165 6026

 

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

 

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious scientist with the following qualifications:

 

  • M.Sc. in Biology, Molecular biosciences, Genetics or other similar fields
  • Experience with genetics and molecular cell biology
  • Experience with invertebrate model organisms; in particular, experience with Drosophila is a plus
  • Expertise in the endocrine regulation of metabolism
  • The ability to communicate in written and spoken English is required
  • The successful applicant will have good communication and interpersonal skills and be well-organized, independent, driven, and curious

 

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 starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

 

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

 

Please include

  • A letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if applicable)
  • Copy of relevant diplomas
  • Contact details of 2 persons for references, with associated letters of recommendation  The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. The deadline for applications is 17.12.2020, 23:59 GMT +1. After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee. The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.

    You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

    Questions
    For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor [Title, Name, Department of xxx, E-mail, Direct Phone: xxxx]. General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd.    

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Deadline: 17 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Biologisk Institut
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PhD Fellowships at the Cosmic DAWN Center, Niels Bohr Institute

The Cosmic DAWN Center, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen invites applications for PhD Fellow positions starting in September 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. Fellowships are intended for outstanding candidates with a background in astronomy, physics, or related technical disciplines who are interested in doing research within DAWN’s research themes: high-redshift galaxy evolution, epoch of re-ionization, first stars and galaxies, dust and ISM in the early universe and dark matter.  Positions are available for three years for candidates holding a MSc.

DAWN is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), and is located at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and within The National Space Institute (DTU Space). The center brings together experts in all aspects of early Universe galaxy evolution, is deeply involved in major existing and upcoming surveys with HST, ALMA, Euclid and JWST, as well as cosmological and zoom in simulations. 

In addition, the center has a number of associate members at major research institutes across Europe, North America, and Australia.  PhD students will have both an advisor in Copenhagen and an external advisor at one of our affiliated research institutes or another major research institute. Students may be expected to spend several months outside of Denmark, which could be at one of our affiliated institutes or another major research institute.  Our most recent PhD students have used this time at Cornell, Hawaii, and Oxford Universities.

For more information regarding the PhD position, please contact Sune Toft sune@nbi.ku.dk, Gabriel Brammer gabriel.brammer@nbi.ku.dk or Pascal Oesch pascal.oesch@unige.ch. General information about the Cosmic Dawn Center, our activities and researchers is available at http://dawn.nbi.ku.dk.

Within this 3-year period, your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are to:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis

Teach and disseminate your research

Terms of salary, work, and employment
The employment is scheduled to start in the fall of 2021 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.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 starting salary for the 3-year PhD is currently at a minimum DKK 331.125 (approx. EUR 43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

How to apply
Applications must be submitted electronically; via the University of Copenhagen’s central employment, pages by clicking on the apply link in the red box.

Please include:

  • A cover letter (optional)
  • A statement describing your research interests and background as they relate to the Cosmic Dawn Center
  • CV (including any publications)
  • Diploma and transcripts of record (BSc/AB and MSc, if applicable)

​​​​​​The deadline for applications is 15 January 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

The research statement should not exceed 3 pages (text, figures and references included) with a font size no smaller than 11pt Times New Roman (or equivalent).

Selection of the successful candidates will be based on outstanding research accomplishments and promise of future achievement. We encourage applications from the best candidates irrespective of nationality, gender, or backgroundQuestions:  Contact the DAWN Center Director, Sune Toft, sune@nbi.ku.dk. General information about the Cosmic Dawn Center, our activities and researchers is available at http://dawn.nbi.ku.dk.

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Deadline: 15 January 2021
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Niels Bohr Institutet
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Postdoc postion in the fields of Plant Protein Biology and Biochemistry

Section for Plant Glycobiology, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a postdoc position with start April 1st 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter for a period of 2 years. The postdoc position will be associated with the new project ”Engineering cellulose synthases to custom-build plant cell walls” headed by Assistant Professor Christopher Kesten. The project is funded as a Novo Nordisk foundation, NNF Emerging Investigator in Biotech. The project will be associated with the research group Cellulose Synthesis headed by Professor Staffan Persson.

The work aims to understand how certain proteins impact the cytoskeleton and cell wall structure. The research will range from protein characterization, visualization of protein activities in vivo and in vitro, analysing cytoskeletal characteristics, and elucidating how cell wall synthesis is connected to protein function.

You will work in a highly cross-disciplinary team that includes the full range of microscopy, proteomics, biochemistry and molecular biology. It is expected that you have a strong foundation in at least one of the areas of molecular & cell biology, biochemistry or biophysics. Together, we will generate an exciting environment to understand mechanisms that underpin how proteins regulate and arrange the cytoskeleton and impact cell wall synthesis. You will also be able to engage in supervision of students and lab technicians, as well as actively apply for funding.

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD degree in Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • Practical experience in either, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Proteomics, Biophysics or Biochemistry
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills

Key Selection Criteria

  • Professional qualifications relevant for the position
  • Publications
  • Relevant work experiences
  • Language skills
  • Creative thinking.

Further information on the Department can be found here https://plen.ku.dk/english/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Assist. Professor Christopher Kesten (kestenc@ethz.ch) & Professor Staffan Persson (staffan.persson@plen.ku.dk).

The position is open from 1st of April 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University encourages 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 will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vita
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and possible future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 31st of December (2020), 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews via zoom/skype or in person, depending on the current situation, will commence shortly after the first selection round.

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Deadline: 31 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
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PhD fellow in Medical Image Analysis, Department of Computer Science

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Medical Image Analysis commencing 1 March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The student will be employed at the Department of Computer Science (www.diku.dk) in the Machine Learning Section and be part of the Medical Image Analysis research group (https://di.ku.dk/english/research/imagesection/medical-imaging/). The student will also have a formalized collaboration with the departments of Neurology and Radiology at the Copenhagen University Hospital. This setup offers world-class collaboration opportunities regarding the methodological as well as the medical aspects of the project.

Project description
The student will be employed within the Deep Consciousness project. The aim is to develop machine learning methods that can predict the outcome for unconscious patients (typically following trauma) in the intensive care unit at the hospital – can they regain consciousness? This prediction may support medical treatment decisions including whether to continue life support. We will focus on image analysis of the serial CT scans that are routinely being acquired in the ICU. We will build on deep learning methodologies, likely augmenting CNNs to gracefully harvest the information in the serial CT data. We will collaborate closely with the clinical partners (in particular Daniel Kondziella), ensuring that the methodologies directly address the clinical needs.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Erik Dam, Department of Computer Science, erikdam@di.ku.dk, https://scholar.google.dk/citations?user=X_SLVUIAAAAJ&hl=en

Co-supervisor is Clinical Research Associate Professor and Consultant Neurologist Daniel Kondziella, Department of Clinical Medicine at UCPH and Department of Neurology.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics or equivalent areas with strong Machine Learning foundation. The applicant must demonstrate good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

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 starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

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

The deadline for applications is 10 December 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above-mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science.

You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Questions

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor Erik Dam, Department of Computer Science, erikdam@di.ku.dk, +45 20990894.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd.

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Deadline: 10 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Department of Computer Science
Email:
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Post expires on Thursday December 10th, 2020

Postdoc in Pharmacometrics, Pharmacoepidemiology, and Pharmacovigilanceat the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We have a 6 months position available as a postdoc working on the project entitled “Pharmacometrics-based clustering for Pharmacoepidemiological risk stratification in real-world evidence for drugs with a narrow therapeutic index: a data science approach” funded by Helsefonden.

The position is at the University of Copenhagen, within the Department of Drug Design, and Pharmacology and affiliated with the Pharmacovigilance Research Center, but will collaborate with the Pharmacometrics group as the project lies in the interface between the two research fields.

You can find more information about the Pharmacovigilance Research Center and the Pharmacometrics group here:

The project
This project aims to adapt, integrate and combine pharmacokinetic modelling and simulation, artificial intelligence from data science and epidemiological reasoning from pharmacoepidemiology to improve the quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of drug safety/effectiveness surveillance of drugs with a narrow therapeutic index. It will pose the cornerstone for developing new methodologies for the identification of patients’ subgroups at high risk of adverse drug reactions (including therapeutic failure). The project will pose the conceptual foundation for investigating data dimensions not previously explored in pharmacoepidemiology and will represent a unique opportunity for testing the applicability and feasibility of this new research area in real-world scenarios.

The position
We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher, to commence 1 March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You will contribute to the development of pharmacokinetic models for predicting plasma concentration based on patients’ characteristics for selected drugs with a narrow therapeutic index. The predicted plasma concentration will be used to predict the prognosis and the hazard for cause-specific hospitalisation in Danish registers. The position will involve interdisciplinary collaborations with pharmacoepidemiologists and pharmacometricians.

We offer:

  • An interesting job with varied tasks in an active and engaging research environment
  • The opportunity to work with population-based data and with world-class researchers
  • The opportunity for professional advancement and development of an independent research profile
  • An employer with a great societal responsibility who plays an important role in the health and welfare of the Danish population

The ideal candidate
Essential experience and skills:

  • A PhD degree or similar qualifications within medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, public health, biostatistics, or related research field
  • Research experience within population pharmacokinetic modelling
  • Experience with using statistical software such NONNEM, R, or SAS
  • Ability to communicate results academically and as popular science to the general public

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Good interpersonal skills and an enterprising, collaborative and innovative mind-set
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Personality traits:

  • You should be innovative, take initiative, and be results-oriented
  • Have an interest in topics relevant to the project
  • The successful candidate should be flexible and able to work independently, efficiently and goal-oriented and contribute to an inclusive working environment

 Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 6 months. Starting date is 1 March 2021 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,650 DKK/ approx. 4,650 Euro (April 2020-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 11, 2019.

Questions
For further information please contact Assist. Prof. Maurizio Sessamaurizio.sessa@sund.ku.dk

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  • A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  • List of publications.

Application deadline:  15 December 2020, 23.59pm 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. 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

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

Interviews are expected to be held in week 3.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Deadline: 15 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Campus: Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
Phone:
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Post expires on Tuesday December 15th, 2020

Postdoctoral fellowship in co-transcriptional processing in the Gregersen group at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We are offering a postdoctoral position to a talented and highly motivated researcher interested in investigating how RNA-binding proteins regulate co-transcriptional processing. The successful candidate will be employed in the newly established Gregersen group at the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM) at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

About the group and the Istitute
The newly started Gregersen group will be located at the ICMM from February 2021. The research group is funded by a Hallas-Møller Emerging Investigator grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The group focuses on various aspects of co-transcriptional regulation primarily mediated by RNA-binding proteins. Recent papers include: Gregersen et al. 2019 Cell [PMID: 31104839] and Gregersen et al. 2020 Nature Protocols [PMID: 31915390].

We use a wide range of experimental approaches including cell biology, next-generation sequencing (RNA-seq, TTchem-seq, mNET-seq, ChIP-seq, CLIP etc.) as well as molecular biology techniques (western blots, immunoprecipitations, peptide pull-outs and proteomics) to decipher the molecular mechanisms of factors involved in co-transcriptional regulation and the composition of transcription complexes in human cells.

The Gregersen group represents cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and training, and will be located within the ICMM in the Panum Institute. We will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for cell engineering, next-generation sequencing, flow cytometry, and mass spectrometry.

For more information about our research please see: https://icmm.ku.dk/english/research-groups/gregersen-group/.

Project description
The work will be focused on elucidating the mechanisms of RNA polymerase associated factors. The main focus will be on RNA-binding proteins directly interacting with actively elongating RNA polymerase complexes with the aim to understand how these factors couple RNA-binding and/or processing to transcriptional regulation and co-transcriptional processing of the newly made RNA transcript. The project involves generation of human cell lines using CRISPR/Cas technologies combined with profiling of transcription using a combination of RNA-seq approaches (RNA-seq, TTchem-seq, etc.) as well as proteomics investigation of RNAPII complexes. The role of the candidate will primarily be to perform experiments in the laboratory, analyse and interpret data, scientific publication, as well as attend scientific seminars and conferences. Some teaching at the undergraduate level of the Medical School is to be expected.

Your profile

  • You have a PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology or similar
  • Keen interest in transcription and/or RNA biology
  • You possess research experience and publication records in relevant fields, ideally with prior experience in transcription, gene expression or RNA biology
  • Previous experience with high-throughput sequencing is an advantage but not a requirement
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM), University of Copenhagen. ICMM offers a creative and ambitious scientific environment, with many different nationalities represented. ICMM aims to produce research with high international impact focusing on the functional cell, its genetic components and molecular cellular mechanisms in a medical context. ICMM currently comprises five research programs, three high profile Research Centers as well as a number of international research groups. The scientists at ICMM are involved in high quality research based undergraduate and graduate teaching programs at the University of Copenhagen. More information can be found at www.icmm.ku.dk

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoctoral researcher is a full time and fixed-term position for 3 years with the possibility of extension. Starting date is 1 March 2021 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,650 DKK/ approx. 4,650 Euro (April 2020-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of 11 December 2019.

Questions
For further information please contact: Lea H. Gregersen, ICMM, (Gregersen email)

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • A certified/signed copy of PhD certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  • List of publications
  • Teaching portfolio if applicable

Application deadline: 7 December 2020, 23.59pm 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

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

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

APPLY NOW

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

Deadline: 7 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Campus: Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Phone:
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Monday December 7th, 2020