Postdoc position in stem cell biology in the Jensen Group at BRIC – University of Copenhagen

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27 December 2017

Postdoc position in stem cell biology in the Jensen Group at BRIC

postdoc position

The Jensen group (affiliated to DanStem) is looking to recruit a highly motivated and talented postdoctoral researcher to our highly dynamic research group.

Our research/The group 
We wish to understand how the intestinal epithelium forms and how adult stem cells in the forming organ are specified during development. The intestinal epithelium is associated with numerous disorders and we believe that insights into normal tissue development will allow us to harness the potential of both fetal and adult intestinal stem cell for the development of new treatment option for patients with intestinal disorders. In order to address these key questions we use a number of different techniques including in vivo fate mapping to define cellular heritage, state of the art cell culture systems to identify signaling pathways that controls directed differentiation during embryonic and fetal stages and transplantation techniques (Wong et al., 2012, Nature Cell Biology; Page et al., 2013, Cell Stem Cell; Fordham et al., 2013, Cell Stem Cell; Yui et al., 2018, Cell Stem Cell). 
Project/The research project(s) 
We are looking for a postdoctoral candidate with a strong cell biological and cell signaling background. The candidate will participate in an ERC funded project aimed at developing a transplantation strategy as a cure for inflammatory bowel disease. Here the candidate will use state-of-the-art genetic, cell biological and tissue-engineering strategies the candidate to identify key gene regulatory networks that control tissue maturation. 
Start: Preferably May 2018 or after agreement 
Duration: 3 years  
Hours per week: 37 
We expect you to be a highly motivated and highly ambitious scientist with the following qualifications: 
  • A PhD in Life Sciences  
  • Excellent track record with at least 1 peer reviewed first authors paper in a high-impact journal 
  • A strong background in cellular biology is essential, and experience with transplantation technologies is an advantage 
  • The ability to independently envision, plan and execute a research project 
  • Excellent technical skills 
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken
For further information regarding the position, please contact Associate Professor Kim Jensen on e-mail 
Place of employment 
The employment is at BRIC, University of Copenhagen. BRIC is located in the Biocenter, close to the centre of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and a number of core facilities shared between the 23 research groups at BRIC and the neighboring Finsen Laboratory. We have weekly journal clubs, data clubs, seminars with invited speakers and a young researchers club ASAP and our own PhD programme, MoMeD and our own Postdoc Career Programme. BRIC actively participates in the European alliance, EU-life consisting of 13 excellent life science research institutions 
Please read more about the Jensen research group and BRIC on  
Terms of salary and employment 
Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central organization. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 33,224 DKK/ca. 4,463 Euro plus pension. Depending on qualifications, a higher salary may be negotiated.  
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 June 28, 2013. 
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below or via BRIC’s website on The application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format: 
  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page) detailing the basis on which the applicant scientific qualifications meet the requirements for this position. 
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position. 
  3. A certified/signed copy 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. 
Letters of recommendation 
Furthermore, the applicant should provide two letters of recommendation. To be taken into consideration, the letter must be signed by the supporting person on paper with institutional letter head and in PDF-format. The letters should be received before deadline on with subject “name candidate-…-postdoc-…2018; preferably by the supporting person. Please make sure that an easy match between the recommendation letter and the individual applicant is possible. 
Application deadline: 15 February 2018
We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications or letters of recommendation that do not live up to the above-mentioned requirements. 
The further process 
Shortlist: After expiry of the application deadline, the superior with power to appoint selects a number of applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. Applicants who were not passed for assessment should not expect further with regard to their application unless the shortlist is revised. 
Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministry Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities 2012 and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee 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. 
You can read about the recruitment process at  
BRIC and University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.