Assistant Professor of Structural Biology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen

Updated: 8 months ago
Deadline: 23 Dec 2019

The Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen has two assistant professor positions in Structural Biology and NMR spectroscopy available starting May 1st, 2020. The positions are for 4 years.

The positions are advertised in connection to the newly funded Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Centers REPIN and PRISM, as well as the Lundbeck Foundation BRAINSTRUC initiative, headed by Professors Birthe B. Kragelund and Kresten Lindorff-Larsen. The Centers connects international research groups to study the structural biology of proteins using a range of biophysical methods, including NMR spectroscopy, small angle X-ray scattering and molecular simulations. The candidates’ research interests and experience should allow for contributing to the further developments of the Centers.

The assistant professors’ duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication/scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within protein science. To a limited extent this may also include performance of other duties.

The candidates will be expected to conduct research within structural biology, including:

  • Protein structure, dynamics and interactions, with special focus on intrinsically disordered proteins and their interactions
  • Acquisition, processing and analysis of multidimensional heteronuclear protein NMR spectra
  • Application and analysis of other biophysical techniques, including SAXS and optical spectroscopy
  • Integrating experiments and molecular simulations using Bayesian/Maximum Entropy methods

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in biochemistry, biophysics, protein science or a closely related field
  • Strong background in recording and analyzing data from protein NMR spectroscopy
  • Strong experience in integrative structural biology including advanced molecular dynamics methods
  • Documented experience with SAXS analysis and optical spectroscopy
  • Documented knowledge of, and experience with, membrane proteins and intrinsically disordered proteins
  • Experience with protein expression and purification is considered an advantage
  • Experience with interdisciplinary research coordination on a national and international level
  • Evidence of potential to develop a successful independent, externally funded research program in protein biophysics
  • Excellent scientific track record demonstrated by high-quality publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Documented interest in organizational work and development of research leadership skills is considered an advantage
  • Some teaching experience, such as serving as a teaching assistant or instructor as well as supervision of students (PhD, Msc, BSc level)
  • Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English

Further information on the Department is linked at http://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Birthe Brandt Kragelund (email: bbk@bio.ku.dk )  or Professor Kresten Lindorff-Larsen, (email; lindorff@bio.ku.dk ).

The positions are open from May 1st 2020or 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 434.179 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.244). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Please include

  • Curriculum vita (max. 2 pages)
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans (max. 3 pages)
  • If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications- please describe and document (max. 2 pages):
    • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
    • Teaching experience
    • Formal pedagogical training
  • Complete publication list (peer-reviewed papers and preprints)
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for application is 23rd of December 2019 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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .


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