2 Postdoc position in single molecule Biophysics at the group of Nikos Hatzakis at The Department of Chemistry & Nanoscience Center.

Updated: 19 days ago
Deadline: 31 Dec 2021

The position is in the group of Asoc. Prof Nikos S Hatzakis. The group focuses on structure-function correlations of enzymes by single molecule studies and the role of protein dynamics on biomolecule recognition and regulation.

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a 18 months postdoctoral position from 1st of March 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The application deadline is 31th of December 2021.

Description of the scientific environment

The position is in the group of Asoc. Prof Nikos S Hatzakis. The group focuses on structure-function correlations of enzymes by single molecule studies and the role of protein dynamics on biomolecule recognition and regulation.

Short Project description

The post-doc will be working on establishing single molecule assays to study the interaction of proteins with model membrane systems, ligands and glycans. They will be using single particle fluorescent microscopy techniques and quantitative image analysis. The post-docs will be interacting tightly either with machine learning groups or/and with synthetic glycochemistry groups. The post may also include performance of other duties.

Formal requirements  

In order to be considered, applicant must have :

  • A PhD degree in either in Biophysics, or Physics, or Nanoscience, or similar field. 
  • A documented experience in
    • single molecule fluorescence microscopy (e.g. TIRF, confocal)
    •  protein functional or/and structural characterization preferably at single molecule level,
    • statistical analysis and computational image analysis.
    • writing and understanding scientific software including Matlab and Python for quantitative image analysis, and treating large datasets and experience with code sharing using git/github
  • Excellent and documented English communication skills
    Applicants without these qualifications will not be considered.
  • The ideal candidate should be motivated have a strong publication record, be able to work independently within an international, cross-disciplinary group and to supervise students.
    Skills of additional interest include
  • Previous experience in carbohydrate degrading proteins and sugars .
  • Experience with handling model membrane systems (nanodisc or liposomes).
  • Expertise in biochemistry and protein characterization
  • Previous experience in single molecule fluorescence microscopy building.
  • Documented expertise of working in an international multicultural environment 


Application must be submitted online by clicking on "APPLY NOW" below.?
The application must include:

  • Motivation/Cover letter (max 0.5 pages, longe rwill not be considered )
  • Short (2 pgs max) CV including, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  • List of publications and patents
  • Names and contact details of two referees.
    Place and Terms of Employment
    The employment is in the group of Associate Prof. Nikos Hatzakis , Department of Chemistry and the Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen.  
  • 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.  

    Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/ . 

    For more information about the position please contact:

    Associate professor Nikos S Hatzakis

    University of Copenhagen


    Webpage: https://nano.ku.dk/groups/nanoenzymes/ 

    Application deadline: 31th December 2021 23:59 GMT + 1 

    We reserve the right not to consider materials received after the deadline. 

    After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. Applicants who were not passed for the assessment should not expect further with regard to their application unless the shortlist is revised. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  

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

    Interviews will be held on week 2-3 

    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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