Hourly paid PhD fellow in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Updated: 8 days ago
Deadline: 08 Oct 2021

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a position as hourly paid PhD fellow in Molecular Biology and Genetics commencing 1. January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The Section for Functional Genomics at the Department of Biology provides a strong, international environment for research in the field of Genetics and Genomics located at Copenhagen Biocenter, Ole Maaløes Vej 5, Copenhagen N. The Section currently employs 10 principal investigators, 4 technicians, 12 post docs, 25 PhD students as well as a number of undergraduate students.

Project description
In eukaryotes, genome integrity is critically dependent on the stability of chromosomes, which is dependent on efficient DNA repair. Cancer cells are particularly sensitive to genotoxic stress due to their fast rate of proliferation. The aim of this PhD project is to develop the ZGRF1 helicase as a therapeutic target to eliminate cancer cells.

Principal supervisor isProfessorMichael Lisby, Department of Biology, mlisby@bio.ku.dk , Direct Phone: 35322120.

Job description
The position is available for period of up to 3 years and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Biology, Biochemistry or similar with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

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, appendix 5 C. 

The position is available for 3 years with an average number of working hours of 2,3 hours per week.

The hourly salary is DKK 221.34 (1 April 2021). 

Application Procedure

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

Please include

  • Cover Letter,
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)

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

The deadline for applications is 8th October 2021, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ .


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor ProfessorMichael Lisby, Department of Biology, mlisby@bio.ku.dk , Direct Phone: 35322120

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd .

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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