Two postdocs in biophysics and plant cell biology

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 27 Feb 2022

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Section of Plant Glycobiology Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering two Postdoc positions. The postdoc positions will be associated with the Plant Cellulose/Cell Biology research group (Prof. Staffan Persson) at the Glycobiology Section. The work aims to understand how certain proteins impact cell wall structures. The research will range from understanding protein regulation visavi function, visualization of protein activities in vivo and in vitro, analysing cell wall characteristcs, producing cell wall fragments, and elucidate how cell wall synthesis is coordinated with cytoskeletal activities.

You will work in a highly cross-disciplinary team that includes the full range of computational biology, microscopy, molecular biology and biochemistry (approx 20 people). The two positions cover biophysic and cell biology, respectively. For the biophysics position, it is expected that you have substantial hands-on experience, and a solid foundation, in advanced microscopy (e.g. TIRF, confocal microscopy, electron microscopy) with a supporting strong publication record.  For the cell biology position, it is expected that you have a strong background in cell & molecular biology of plants with a strong publication record. The successful candidates will be part of an exciting team to understand mechanisms that underpin how proteins partake in the formation of certain cell wall polymers and in cytoskeletal arrangements and functions. You will also be expected to engage in teaching, supervision of students and lab technicians, as well as actively apply for funding.

Required Qualifications
A PhD degree in Plant biology or Physics.
Practical experience in either, Molecular & Cell Biology or Biophysics & Advanced microscopy.
Excellent English communication skills.
Good interpersonal skills.

Key Selection Criteria
Professional qualifications relevant for the position.
Publications.
Relevant work experiences.
Language skills.
Creative thinking.

Copenhagen is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, and the appointee can get extensive help from the International Mobility Center (https://ism.ku.dk/ ) for relocation purposes. The applicants are also encouraged to look into the Danish research salary & tax system.

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/ . Inquiries about the position can be made to Staffan Persson email: staffan.persson@plen.ku.dk).

The position is open from 01-06-2022or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is Sunday 27 February 2022, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .

Interviews will be held in March/April 2022.


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