Postdoc in Bone Pain lab at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 09 Oct 2022

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc for a 2 years and 2 months position to commence on 1 January 2023. The position aims at providing in vivo proof of concept for the use of a biologic therapy for the treatment of cancer-induced bone pain. Information on the department can be found at:  

Our research
The project will focus on in vivo models of cancer-induced bone pain. The work requires interfacing with a number of national and international collaborators and is placed in the Heegaard group, which provides a dynamic and diverse research environment focused on translational research in malignant and non- malignant bone pain. The Heegaard group aims to promote a positive research culture within the team.

Your job
We strive to conduct world-class in vivo research using both evoked and non-evoked behavioural outcome measures. Your tasks would include in vivo models of cancer-induced bone pain, pain-related behavioural tests, cell culture, and immunohistochemistry. The position would further require collaborations with researchers in Sweden, Denmark and France.

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 in vivo pharmacology.
  • You are highly experienced in mouse models of bone pain, pain-related behavioural measures, perfusion fixation, tissue collection and immunohistochemistry.
  • You have an active interest in nociceptive mechanisms underlying bone pain.
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • International experience
  • First-author publications in international journals
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Skills within in vivo bioluminescence imaging
  • Experience with supervision of master’s students
  • Evidence for cross-disciplinary collaborations

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and in vivo facilities.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 2 years and 2 months. The starting date is 1 January 2023.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,700 DKK/approx. 4,800 EUR (October 2022 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign 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 Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For further information please contact Anne-Marie Heegaard;

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (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.
  • Deadline for applications: 9 October 2022, 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

    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 43-44.

    The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

    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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