Assistant Professor to DanStem

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 28 Jul 2020

The Danish Stem Cell Center (DanStem) at Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen is looking for an Assistant professor.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology – DanStem is located at the University of Copenhagen. DanStem addresses basic research questions in stem cell and developmental biology and has activities focused on the translation of promising basic research results into new strategies and targets for the development of new therapies for cancer and chronic diseases such as diabetes and liver failure. Find more information about the Center at .

Job description:

  • The specification of functional cell types during embryogenesis is controlled by transcriptional networks. We have been assembling a catalogue of single cell transcriptomics of the embryonic gut with a view to understanding gene regulatory networks and trajectories of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) differentiation in vitro.  The focus is the recent discovery that the visceral organs two routes; one originating in gastrulation and second via the extra-embryonic endoderm.  We have developed in vitro culture systems for the extra-embryonic endoderm and are using single cell gene expression as a means to characterize and optimize differentiation towards defined cell types.  This project will involve ESC differentiation and computational analysis of single cell gene expression.  As a result the Brickman group is looking for a highly motivated senior postdoctoral candidate with a strong background in developmental biology, stem cell biology and single cell transcriptomics to generate crucial in vivo data and in vitro data to drive this project forward.  In addition to working alongside a multidisciplinary team of collaborators, the successful candidate will work closely with a biophysicist (at the Niels Bohr Institute) and the rest of the Brickman lab for the duration of the project.
  • Participation in formal pedagogical training program for assistant professors.

We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious candidate with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in developmental biology/stem cell research with a professional profile that closely matches the qualifications below:

  • The candidate is required to hold a PhD degree in stem cell/developmental biology/biological image processing.
  • The candidate should have extensive experience in ESC differentiation and library preparation for single cell transcriptomes, explicit experience with MARseq is a plus. 
  • The candidate must have in depth knowledge of quantitative next generation sequence analysis and bioinformatics.
  • Techniques such as ESC differentiation protocols, 3D culturing and flow cytometry is advantageous.
  • A relevant publication record in the area of stem cell and/or biology is essential.
  • Previous experience of training and managing junior scientist or technical staff is advantageous.

Terms of salary, work, and employment 
The employment is for 4 years and is scheduled to start November 10, 2020 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate. The place of work is at DanStem, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3B, Copenhagen.  Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). In addition to the basic salary, a monthly contribution to a pension fund is added (17.1% of the salary).

For further information, please contact Professor Joshua Brickman,
Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and .

The application must include:

  • Motivated letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae incl. education, experience, previous employments, language skills and other relevant skills
  • Copy of diplomas/degree certificate(s)

  • How to apply
    Your application must be submitted in English by clicking “Apply online”. Only online applications will be accepted.

    The application will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 284 of 25 April 2008 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

    The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested in the position to apply.

    Application deadline: 28 July 2020, 23:59 CET
    Only applications received in time and consisting of the above listed documents will be considered.
    Applications and/or any material received after deadline will not be taken into consideration

    Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. It is among the largest universities in Scandinavia and is one of the highest ranking in Europe. The University´s eight faculties include Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Theology.

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