Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Hoffmann Group at the DNRF Center for Chromosome Stability (CCS), Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM)

Updated: 28 days ago
Deadline: 17 Mar 2021

The Hoffmann laboratory in the Center for Chromosome Stability ( ) at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine ( ), University of Copenhagen, is seeking a postdoctoral research associate. The CCS is a center of excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. 

The successful applicant will join a group of ambitious and dedicated scientists studying the mechanisms that govern genetic instability in the germline.

Our group and research
The Hoffman laboratory undertakes research projects aimed at understanding the role of DNA damage response in governing genetic changes that occur in the germline and early embryo to generate diversity and maintain genome stability. As well as conventional molecular/cell biology, the group utilizes model organisms and human eggs and embryos to understand this poorly understood area of human biology.

Start date:                             1 May 2021
Duration:                               2years
Weekly working hours:       37.

The Department
The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM) focuses on basic cellular and molecular biological processes, their regulation and their significance for cell function, interaction and organisation in tissues. The Department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate teaching programs spanning cell biology, genetics and basic human biology, including chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, as well as anatomy.

You can read more about the department at .

Responsibilities and tasks
The post-holder will establish an in vitro stem cell systems coupled with CRISPR-Cas9 technology in the laboratory to characterize factors that maintain genome stability during germline development and early embryogenesis.

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

  • Applicants should hold a PhD degree in biochemistry, biology, biomedical science, or a related discipline.
  • A high level of proficiency in laboratory work.
  • A high level of proficiency in both human and mouse pluripotent stem cell culture.
  • Experience utilizing mESC for in vitro gametogenesis.
  • Proficient in In Vitro Fertilization in the mouse model.
  • Hold a FELASA ABD animal license.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently as part of a team.
  • Well organized with attention to detail and excellent record keeping.
  • Strong communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, and capability to learn new methods.

Place of employment
The place of employment is the DNRF Center for Chromosome Stability, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. 

Terms of employment
Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins at DKK 30,727 / approx. EUR 4,128 (February 2021-level) plus an employer paid pension contribution (17.1 %).

For International applicants, please read more about the working conditions:International Staff Mobility .

Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  • CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  • PhD and Master diplomas and transcript of records. 
  • List of publications.
  • Application deadline: Wednesday 17 March 2021, 23.59 p.m. 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.

    For further general questions about the position, please contact Elin Oelgaard by e-mail: .

    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.
    The assessor 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.
    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 13.

    The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7.850 students, 1,700 PhD students and 4,800 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community.
    The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

    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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