Postdoc in molecular pharmacology and biomedical sciences at the Department of Biomedical Sciences

Updated: 28 days ago
Deadline: 04 Nov 2020

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 2 year postdoc position starting February 1, 2021 or as soon as possible.

The position is advertised as part of a larger research grant that centers on the discovery and functional characterization of receptor ligands from animal venoms with a focus on GPCR ligands. 

Information on the department can be found at: or

Our research
Venomous animals use a myriad of potent and selective receptor ligands to disrupt the physiology and behaviour of prey. Our research centers on developing new computational and experimental methods to accelerate the discovery and functional characterization of venom compounds with a focus on those that (1) can provide novel insight into receptor-ligands evolution or (2) serve as pharmacological tools and drug leads for human disease. This project will particularly focus on toxin ligands for human G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). Our research is interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature. We value a diverse, gender-balanced and inclusive work environment. 

Your job
You will be responsible for establishing and conducting activity assays for newly identified venom compounds with an emphasis on cone snail toxins that target a diverse set of GPCRs. You will have to know about and implement diverse pharmacological assays that can fully elucidate GPCR activity and inhibition. There may also be a structural component in this project and the possibility of evaluating newly identified GPCR ligands in animal models of disease. You will also be involved in the training of undergraduate and graduate students.      

You will be working as part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment that promotes postdoctoral career development and dissemination of results through publications and conference attendances.

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 pharmaceutical science or a closely related field
  • You are highly experienced in cell culture, receptor assay development and implementation, molecular pharmacology
  • Experience with performing GPCR assays
  • You have several publications in some of these areas
  • You have an active interest in mentoring and teaching students, and outreach activities
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Proficient in English

    Desirable experience and skills

  • Presenting research findings to peers and communicating research outcomes to the public
  • Knowledge of the pharmacology of toxins
  • FELASA-C certificate
  • Knowledge of GPCR evolution and structure-function

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and interdisciplinary research teams focused on conducting basic biomedical research with translational potential.

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is February 1, 2021 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,600 DKK/ approx. 4,648 Euro (April 2020-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish 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 “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 2019.

For further information please contact Helena Safavi

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:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

3. 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.

4. List of publications.

Application deadline:  4 November 2020, 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 48 and 49.

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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