Postdoc position in molecular cancer research

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 19 Dec 2021

Department of Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC)
University of Copenhagen

The Sørensen group at BRIC has an open position for highly motivated researchers with a desire to investigate molecular mechanisms underlying cancer development and therapy responses.  

We are looking for a dynamic Postdoc for a 2-year position, commencing 1 March 2022 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Our research/The group
The goals of current projects are to understand how familial breast cancers arise as well as identifying weaknesses within malignant cells that can be exploited in the clinic to manage cancer. Our group consists of ten dedicated researchers, and we have excellent research facilities in modern laboratories. More information on the Sørensen group on

Projectfor Postdoc
The project aims to dissect new pathways in genome maintenance that may be highly important for cancer therapy. The experimental focus will be on biochemical and cell biological approaches, including advanced microscopy and CRISPR-Cas9 modified cell models. 

We expect you to be a highly motivated and highly ambitious scientist with the following qualifications: 

  • A PhD in Medicine or Life Sciences with focus on cancer biology, cancer genetics, biochemistry or similar 
  • A desire to make a difference through highly dedicated research   
  • Experimental expertise in genome maintenance pathways
  • Published in relevant international, peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken 
  • The successful applicant should be experienced in generating and working with CRISPR-Cas9 cell lines as well as documented experience in cell biology, microscopy, molecular biology, and biochemistry.

Place of employment 
The employment is within the Sørensen group at BRIC, University of Copenhagen. For further information regarding the positions, please contact Associate Professor Claus Storgaard Sørensen on e-mail:    

BRIC is located in the Biocenter, close to the centre of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and a number of core facilities shared between the 23 research groups at BRIC and the neighboring Finsen Laboratory. The Sørensen team has weekly journal clubs and data clubs. BRIC runs seminars with invited speakers, a young researchers club ASAP and our own PhD programme, MoMeD and our own Postdoc Career Programme . Please read more about the Sørensen research group and BRIC on    

Terms of salary and employment, and the further process 
The position as a Postdoc is a full-time position (37 working hours weekly) and is a fix-term position limited to a period of 2-year.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central organization. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,003 DKK/approx. 4,706 EUR (October 2021 level) plus an employer paid pension contribution of 17,1%. Depending on qualifications, a higher salary may be negotiated.  

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not been tax liable in Denmark the last 10 years. 

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of 11 December 2019.

Your application may be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below or via BRIC’s website on  . The application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format: 

  •  Motivated letter of application (max. one page). Indicate preference for project 1, 2, or both. 
  •  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. 
  •  Letters of recommendation (only if shortlisted)  
  • Application deadline: December 19, 2021. 

    We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications or letters of recommendation that do not live up to the above-mentioned requirements. 

    The further process 
    Shortlist: After expiry of the application deadline, the superior with power to appoint selects a number of applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. Applicants who were not passed for assessment should not expect further with regard to their application unless the shortlist is revised.

    Letters of recommendation: Furthermore, the shortlisted applicants should each provide two letters of recommendation. The letter must be signed by the supporting person on paper with institutional letter head and in PDF-format. The letters should be received maximum 1 week after shortlisting notification on jobs-vip-  with subject “name candidate-Sørensen-postdoc-2021”; preferably by the supporting person. Please make sure that an easy match between the recommendation letter and the individual applicant is possible.  

    Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministry Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities 2012 and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

    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.

    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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