(211-0303/19-2H) PhD fellow in Nanobioscience for investigation of GPCR signaling at the single cell level

PhD fellow in Nanobioscience for investigation of GPCR signaling at the single cell level
Department of Chemistry, Nanoscience Center
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

Sino-Danish Center, Nano-Science Center and Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Nanobioscience commencing 1 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful applicant is expected to spend 12 months in total with one of our Chinese collaborators.

Description of the scientific environment
The Department of Chemistry Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen bring together researchers from the areas of chemistry, physics, biophysics and medicine in a strong cross-disciplinary environment.

Sino-Danish Center is a partnership between all eight Danish universities, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). SDC’s activities include Danish-Chinese research collaboration within five selected focus areas, seven affiliated Master’s programmes with an annual intake of approximately 150 master’s students and training of a large number of PhD students.

Further information about Sino-Danish Center, Nano-Science Center and the Department of Chemistry can be found at http://sdc.university/, https://nano.ku.dk/english/research and https://chem.ku.dk/ respectively.

Project description
The PhD project deals with the investigation of GPCR signaling by simultaneous quantitative detection of several signals at the single cell level using fluorescence microscopies. It will involve the use of several fluorescence labeling techniques and fluorescence based imaging techniques, as well as state-of-the-art functional assays used for the pharmacological characterization of GPCRs.

The project will require interactions with several collaborative groups from University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (China), with expertise spanning from molecular pharmacology, spectroscopy and molecular dynamic simulations to microtechnique and nanoscience.

Principal supervisor is Associate Prof. Karen Martinez, Department of Chemistry, martinez@chem.ku.dk, Direct Phone: +45 35 32 04 75.

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period 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
  • Work for the department
  • Part of the project will be carried out in China (12 months in total, can be divided into shorter stays, e.g. 2x6 months, 3x4 months)

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Biophysics or Nanoscience 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.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 328.355 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,360). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Please include

  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

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 17 November 2019, 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. 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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor Karen Martinez, Department of Chemistry, martinez@chem.ku.dk, +45 35 32 04 75.

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



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Ansøgningsfrist: 17-11-2019
Ansættelsesdato: 01-01-2020
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Chemistry

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