Postdoc position in Chromatin replication and Functional genomics

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 29 Jun 2021

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher with the expertise in chromatin replication and functional genomics to unravel molecular mechanisms governing genome function maintenance in dividing cells for a fixed 2.5-year position to start in November 2021. The position will be based at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR) in Chromatin replication and Epigenome maintenance research group headed by Prof. Anja Groth.  

More information on the CPR can be found at:

Our research
The focus of the Groth group is to elucidate how chromatin organization and function is propagated during mitotic cell division to maintain genome and epigenome stability. Our goal is to understand how these mechanisms that underpin epigenetic cell memory impact on cell fate decision in development, cellular reprogramming and epigenetic changes that are prolific in cancer. We take a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to break new grounds in this field. To this end we are applying innovative proteomic and genomic approaches in combination with cutting-edge cell biology, advanced high-content imaging, single molecule analysis of replicating DNA, biochemistry and structural biology. We are a diverse and highly multidisciplinary group with many renowned scientific collaborations both nationally and internationally. We put high value on idea sharing as well as collaborations within the group and externally, and implement Creative Problem Solving as an innovative tool to develop our research projects.  

Your job
You will join a multi-disciplinary research team working on how epigenetic information is transmitted in proliferating cells. In particular, the lab has developed a panel of functional genomic tools to interrogate the impact of DNA replication on the epigenome.
Your tasks will include designing experimental strategies, as well as  generation and analyses of different functional genomics data sets. Other tasks will include dissemination of your discoveries on internal seminars, active participation on international workshops and conferences and writing of scientific manuscripts.

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

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in Life science or related
  • You are highly experienced in Chromatin biology, Epigenetics, or Epigenomics
  • You have an active interest in gene regulation or developmental biology
  • You have documented expertise in Next-generation sequencing (NGS) data workflow and analysis of functional genomics data sets (e.g., ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, RNA-seq, Hi-seq)
  • Good organization and flexibility
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken.

Place of employment
The employment is at CPR (, a Novo Nordisk Foundation center of excellence established in 2007 and embedded in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, to promote basic and applied research on human proteins of medical relevance. The Center comprises modern laboratories, supercomputer resources and state-of-the- art facilities within protein science and genomics. CPR is an interdisciplinary international environment with English as the main language. We are located in central Copenhagen, a city with one of the highest qualities of life in the world and a vibrant and highly interactive research environment. The University of Copenhagen has a strong focus on balancing professional life with a family-friendly working environment

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2.5 years. Starting date is 1 November 2021 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,622 DKK approx. 4,656 euro (April 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

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

For further information please contact Professor Anja Groth; .

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, other skills relevant for the position, and names and contact details for 3 references.

3. Copies  of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications.

Application deadline: 29 June 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.

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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