Postdoctoral position in protist/dinoflagellate biology

A ~1.5-year post-doctoral position is available at The Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen with start April 1, 2020 or shortly thereafter.
The position is part of a project focusing on physiology, morphology and taxonomy of heterotrophic dinoflagellates funded by the Villum Foundation. The project is a collaboration between Professor Per Juel Hansen, Associate professor Anders Garm, Associate professor Niels Daugbjerg, Professor Øjvind Moestrup and Associate Professor Nina Lundholm, all at University of Copenhagen, as well as international colleagues.


Area of Research
Dinoflagellates constitute a group of complex single-celled organisms, some of which are mixotrophic. The project focuses on a group of dinoflagellates with highly complex prey capture behaviour including putative active pursuit of prey items and nematocyst-like organelles. We are interested in understanding this hunting behaviour and the involved organelles on the molecular and ultrastructural level. Studying details of physiology and whether these mixotrophic dinoflagellates acquire their plastids as kleptoplastids is also a target. We base the experimental work on live field samples but it is a strong desire to establish lab cultures. Which food items they feed upon and how they catch and ingest them will be studied in live field material using semi high-speed and high-resolution video recordings. Cells exposed to different conditions, like light and nutrients, may e.g. be used for single cell transcriptomics. Another part of the project will focus on detailed morphological studies to reveal ultramicroscopic morphological details of the organisms as well as use of molecular data for phylogenetic inference.



Experience with marine protists, and in particular experience with culturing and experimental work on them is considered highly relevant. Experiences with molecular ecology, as well as microalgal biology and ecology in general are also relevant.

We seek a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in biology. Solid experience with protists, e.g. culturing, physiology, microscopy is expected. Experience with molecular techniques is needed. The successful candidate will work actively within an international, cross-disciplinary group of researchers. Therefore, strong communication and interpersonal skills are required including excellent written and spoken English.
The project includes field studies and the candidate is expected to participate in field trips with durations of up to a couple of weeks. The candidate should be equally comfortable working as part of a team and as working autonomously. 

The application must include:

1. Motivation letter including description of project related research experience (max 1 page)

2. Curriculum vitae including full list of publications

3. Copies of diploma/degree certificates

4. Full contact details of 2-3 persons for references, letters of recommendation may be included

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

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 February 25 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.
Applications received after the deadline, or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements, may not be considered.

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.

Shortlisting. After application deadline, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the employment committee. All applicants are immediately notified whether their application has passed the assessment. Applicants who did not pass the assessment should not expect further with regard to their application unless the shortlist is revised.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Further information

Further information about the position can be obtained from Associate Professor Nina Lundholm

Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen (


Terms of salary and 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 up to DKK 434.179 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.244). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Supplements can be added according to qualifications. Information about working conditions and taxes is available at




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Ansøgningsfrist: 25-02-2020
Ansættelsesdato: 01-04-2020
Afdeling/Sted: Statens Naturhistoriske Museum

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