PhD Scholarships at the Center for Chromosome Stability (CCS), Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

Two PhD positions are available from 1st October, 2019 in the research groups of Professor Ian Hickson and Associate Professor Ying Liu at the University of Copenhagen.

Project description

These fellowships are funded by a grant recently awarded to a consortium of partners from 9 universities in 6 European countries by the European Union Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (Project: 859853 — AntiHelix). The focus of the Antihelix project is to analyze DNA helicases in cells of different organisms at the molecular, biochemical and cellular level with the ultimate aim of developing specific inhibitors as potential anti-tumour drugs. The successful applicants will have the advantage of learning technologies in the fields of biophysics, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology or advanced microscopy. As partners of this consortium, the Hickson and Liu groups at the CCS will study the functions of the human RecQ family helicases and the RTEL1 helicase, respectively. Mutations of these helicases have can cause human diseases. Further details of the research undertaken in these laboratories can be found on the CCS website ( ).

Job description

The key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty within the Antihelix consortium are listed below: 

  • Carry out and complete an independent research project under the supervision of either Professor Hickson or Associate Professor Liu.
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points.
  • Write regular reports, scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project.
  • Take part in all of the meetings or training courses organized by the consortium partners. It is expected that fellows will spend a period of research training in at least one other laboratory in the consortium.
  • Obtain experience with teaching and/or other types of dissemination activities related to your PhD project.
  • Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings. 
  • Obtain experience from an external research institution, preferably abroad. 

Candidate Profile

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with the following criteria:

  • Must hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a related area of biology, biochemistry, chemistry or biophysics.
  • Can be of any nationality, but due to EU requirements for researcher mobility, must not have lived in Denmark for more than one year in the previous three years.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, including the ability to work well in international academic settings.
  • Ability to work in a team of multidisciplinary scientists, and the potential to work independently.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Other relevant credentials are:

  • Good academic record.
  • A track record of publication-standard research.
  • Work experience in relevant areas.
  • Good time-management skills.

Research environment 

The research will be carried out in the laboratories of Ian Hickson and Ying Liu in the CCS, a Center of Excellence recently established by a major grant from The Danish National Research Foundation. The CCS provides an international level research environment to train young researchers in the fields of Cell Biology, Genetics and Biochemistry. The working language of the CCS is English.

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. More details can be found at: .

Terms of employment and employment

The employment for these two PhD fellows is full time and for 3 years. The starting date is October 1, 2019 or by agreement. The post is conditional upon the candidate’s successful enrolment in the PhD school at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the candidate in consultation with the supervisors.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the University’s rules on achieving the degree. 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 around 26.755 DKK /approx. 3.567 EUR (April 2018-level) plus pension.


General information about PhD programs at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:   Specific questions related to CCS and the research project should be addressed to Elin Ølgaard by emails to

Application procedure

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply”.  The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

1. A motivation letter of application (max. two pages).

2. A CV including the details of education/qualifications, work experience, language skills and other relevant skills.

3. A certified/signed copy of Master of Science certificate. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will be required.  

4. A publication list (if possible).

Application deadline: 31st July, 2019, 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 aforementioned 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. 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.

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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