Research Assistant for Palaeoproteomics Groups at The GLOBE Institute

Updated: 13 days ago
Deadline: 21 Nov 2021

The Palaeoproteomics Group, led by Associate Prof. Enrico Cappellini, in the Evolutionary Genomics section of the GLOBE Institute at the University of Copenhagen is recruiting a motivated and talented individual for the position of Palaeoproteomics Research Assistant.
This position is for 2 years to commence on the 15 January 2022 or immediately thereafter. The successful candidate will have previous proteomics experience, especially in mass spectrometry, as well as an interest in archaeology, palaeoanthropology and palaeontology.
This job will include wet lab preparation of very ancient as well as modern samples, close work with mass spectrometers (liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry, LC-MS/MS), managing raw data obtained, and further data analysis with specialised software. While this position is suited for someone with prior experience in proteomics and mass spectrometry, it also provides an opportunity to develop expertise in palaeoproteomics through the many projects already underway. Additional responsibilities include: day-to-day lab maintenance, liaising between the Proteomics Group, led by Prof. Jesper V. Olsen, at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR) and additional support to other members of the team and guests in the group (i.e. instruction in standard protocols, mass spectrometry support).
The Palaeoproteomics Group at the GLOBE Institute and the Proteomics Group at CPR, share a longstanding, strategic collaboration for the development of innovative palaeoproteomic methods.

About us
The GLOBE Institute is a department at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, its main purpose is to address basic scientific questions through interdisciplinary approaches. The Institute conducts research into the origin, evolution, diversity and maintenance of the universe, the Earth and life in a changing world. With its 11 research groups, the section represents a wide range of expertise and applies integrated ‘omics approaches that draw from genomics, transcriptomics, metabarcoding, metagenomics and proteomics. The Palaeoproteomic Groups work within this framework, using high-resolution mass spectrometry (MS) to sequence ancient protein residues recovered from palaeontological and cultural heritage materials. Since 2009, synergic efforts between us and CPR have allowed the University of Copenhagen to be at the forefront of ancient protein investigation.

Information on the department can be found here .

Our research
The Palaeoproteomics Group has several research lines based on protein containing materials, including research into human and animal evolution and species/protein identification for cultural heritage resources. Such highly interdisciplinary research is based on the collaborative effort of a dynamic and inclusive team from a variety of backgrounds and countries. The Palaeoproteomics Research group also cultivates long-term collaborations with multiple research groups within the University of Copenhagen and with an extended international network of colleagues in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Your job
The Research Assistant should be personally engaged in the area of research and have the ambition of further developing their laboratory and analytical skills. The position will be ideally suited to a person that has obtained a master’s degree or similar. The main responsibilities will consist of:

  • Performing mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis on a wide range of samples for the samples prepared by the group
  • Extracting ancient protein residues from archaeological and palaeontological samples using a variety of extraction methods and training new group members and guests in these protocols, as needed
  • Performing proteomic data analysis on the raw MS data, as needed
  • Curating and maintaining databases (both physical and digital) consisting of all samples under analysis and the resulting raw MS data.

Specifically, we are looking for someone to take care of the MS needs of the Palaeoproteomic Group, including protein extraction when needed, and maintaining structured knowledge of all the samples sent for protein sequencing, both before and after.

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

Essential experience and skills:

  • A MSc or similar in biochemistry, molecular biology, bioarchaeology, archaeological sciences or similar discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in basic analytical chemistry/biochemistry/molecular biology laboratory techniques and relative instrumentation
  • Demonstrated experience in mass spectrometry techniques for proteomics, especially working with LC-MS, and ideally Orbitrap mass spectrometers
  • Demonstrated experience in protein extraction, purification, and characterisation
  • Experience in basic bioinformatic manipulation of large datasets
  • Good communication skills in English, both spoken and written
  • Excellent organization and multitasking ability, as the position is involved in several projects at a time and involves handing of several samples from multiple group members
  • Motivation to be involved in the field of palaeoproteomics, archaeology, etc.
  • Ability to work independently but still good at collaborating with others as part of a team
  • Proactive, flexible and problem-solving attitude.

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience in ancient biomolecules research, particularly in palaeoproteomics
  • Experience in development and optimization of laboratory protocols and mass spectrometry methods
  • Experience with basic bioinformatic tools, (ex. command line, R, Python, etc.)
  • Dedication, curiosity, strong motivation, and an interest in learning and applying new skills

Place of Employment and Line Manager
The place of employment is at the GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. You will report directly to Associate Prof. Enrico Cappellini and Prof. Jesper V. Olsen.

Terms of employment
The employment as research assistant is a full time position for 2 years. Starting date is 15 January 2022 or immediately thereafter.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 29,942.19 DKK/month /4,024.31 EUR (October 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

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

For further information please contact Associate Prof. Enrico Cappellini:

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, as well as the names and contact details of 2 referees

3. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.

As a prerequisite for the employment, your master’s degree must be equivalent to a Danish master’s degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: . Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

4. List of publications, if applicable

Application deadline: 21 November 2021, 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 47.

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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