Laboratory technician in Kummer group, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center of Protein Research

Updated: 13 days ago
Deadline: 15 Nov 2021

The newly established research group of Eva Kummer is looking for an engaged and dedicated laboratory technician with substantial experience in mammalian cell culture, insect cell culture and protein purification. The position is full-time (37 hours per week) and for 2 years, and it is open for appointment on 1 January 2022.

About us
Kummer group is part of Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR ) that was established in 2007 at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, to promote basic and applied research. The center hosts research groups of different disciplines ranging from systems biology, proteomics, and chemical biology, to disease biology. Kummer group has a deep interest in understanding the biology of human mitochondria. Mitochondria carry their own genetic information and we investigate how these important organelles maintain their DNA and how they produce functional RNA species. The primary methodological approaches of our laboratory are protein and RNA biochemistry and structural biology, in particular cryo-electron microscopy. CPR entertains a number of core facilities including protein production, crystallography, biophysics, high performance computing, mass spectrometry, and genomics. You will join an international, interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.

Your tasks
As our laboratory technician, you will be responsible for all aspects of recombinant protein expression in mammalian and insect cell culture including:

  • culture maintenance and cryopreservation of the cells,
  • manipulation of common mammalian cells lines by transient and stable transfection techniques,
  • recombinant protein expression in adhesion and suspension culture in mammalian and insect cells,
  • purification of recombinant proteins by various chromatographic techniques.  

Moreover, your work will involve routine laboratory tasks including for example:

  • maintenance of common equipment,
  • purchasing part of the lab consumables,
  • preparation of competent bacterial cells,
  • preparation of common enzymes such as TEV protease.

With your technical expertise, you will assist PhD students and Postdocs in the group on their research projects. We look for somebody with an accurate and reliable record keeping including database management who adheres to all safety policies.

We would like to welcome a person with a friendly and supportive attitude that will become an important and central member of our research group. 

An education as laboratory technician is required for the position.

Your laboratory experience/qualifications include:

  • Proficient skills in mammalian cell culture and associated aseptic techniques with at least 1-2 years of hands-on experience
  • Experience using basic laboratory equipment and carrying out routine laboratory tasks
  • Proficiency in common molecular biology techniques including isolation of DNA and RNA, PCR and other molecular cloning techniques, Western Blotting, etc
  • Strong organizational skills and analytical mindset to independently plan and carry out the laboratory tasks
  • Precise and structured working attitude
  • Accurate record keeping of laboratory procedures
  • Knowledge of safe laboratory procedures.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English

We offer a professional, dynamic and international research environment, where we largely communicate in English in the laboratories, in project descriptions and in meetings. The laboratories have Bachelor, Master and PhD students as well as guest researchers, therefore you must be able to read instructions and supervise within your area of expertise in English. Our work environment includes independence and teamwork, social activities and an appreciative approach with colleagues.

Terms of salary and employment
Your employment will be at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The position is full-time (37 hours per week) and for 2 years, and it is open for appointment on 1 January 2022.

Employment as laboratory technician will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and OAO/HK STAT. The position is placed in salary group 5.

For further information please contact Eva Kummer, .  

Please submit your application in English by clicking "Apply now" below.

The application should consist of the following:

  • Letter of application/motivation (max 1 page)
  • Your CV incl. education, a list of laboratory skills/techniques, previous employments, language skills and other relevant skills
  • Copy of relevant certificate/diploma

Deadline for application 15 November 2021.

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.

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.

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.

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