Postdoc in Epigenetics and DNA Replication at Center for Protein Research (CPR)

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 16 Feb 2023

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoc with expertise in chromatin biology to unravel molecular mechanisms that orchestrate the interplay between epigenome and cell fate control. This is a 3-year position with start April 15, 2023, or after agreement.

The successful candidate will work at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR) in the Chromatin Replication and Epigenome Maintenance research group headed by Prof. Anja Groth.  

More information on the CPR can be found at: .

Our research
The focus of the Groth group is to elucidate how chromatin organization and function is propagated during mitotic cell division to maintain genome and epigenome stability. Our goal is to understand mechanisms that underpin chromatin replication and epigenetic cell memory, and how they impact on cell fate decisions in development and disease. We apply innovative proteomic and genomic approaches in combination with stem cell biology, high-content imaging, chromatin biochemistry and structure-function studies. Our group is diverse and multidisciplinary with many scientific collaborations nationally and internationally, and we have an inclusive and highly collaborative work culture. We value idea sharing and use Creative Problem Solving tools to develop our research projects. We also have a translational focus connected to our spin-out company Ankrin Therapeutics.

The Groth Group is part of the Protein Memory Program at NNF CPR, a multidisciplinary and international research center with a highly collaborative research environment and cutting-edge core facilities, such as genomics, proteomics, protein imaging, protein production and characterization, big data management platforms.

Your job
The project will address transmission of chromatin organization trough DNA replication and how this is linked to genome/epigenome stability, including the interplay with replication timing. The interplay of histone dynamics and chromatin replication with epigenome and genome stability remain poorly understood. Our recent discovery that new histones control repair pathway choice and the identification histone recycling mechanisms are new entry points to these questions (Becker et al., 2021 Nature; Nakamura et al., 2019 Nat Cell Biol; Petryk et al., 2018 Science, Saredi et al., 2016 Nature). You will take an multi-disciplinary approach to address this interplay, using our custom functional genomics tools (ChOR-seq, Repli-ATAC, SCAR-seq), replication fork proteomics (NCC / iPOND), advanced imaging technologies, and genome-editing. You will be part of a highly collaborative group and we expect that you will join other ongoing projects and contribute actively to develop new technologies and supervise students.

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

  • A PhD in Life science, biochemistry, molecular cell biology, computational biology or related
  • Expertise in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry and/or bioinformatics.
  • A background in chromatin biology, DNA replication and repair and/or stem cell biology is an advantage. 
  • Expertise in next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches and data analysis is a plus.
  • Collaborative and inclusive mindset and curiosity driven nature
  • Good communication and organization skills
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Place of employment
The employment is at CPR ( ), a Novo Nordisk Foundation center of excellence established in 2007 and embedded in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, to promote basic and applied research on human proteins of medical relevance. The Center comprises modern laboratories, supercomputer resources and state-of-the- art facilities within protein science and genomics. CPR is an interdisciplinary international environment with English as the main language. We are located in central Copenhagen, a city with one of the highest qualities of life in the world and a vibrant and highly interactive research environment. The University of Copenhagen has a strong focus on balancing professional life with a family-friendly working environment .

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time (37 working hours per week) and fixed-term position for 3 years. Starting date is 15 April 2023 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 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 Prof. Anja Groth; e-mail .

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 and names and contact details for 3 references.
  • 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: 16 February 2023, 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.

    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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