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Postdoc Position in Molecular Microbiology

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Postdoc Position in Molecular Microbiology

Department of Biology

University of Copenhagen

A 3-year postdoctoral position funded by ERC Grant PERSIST is available immediately for an enthusiastic and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Prof Kenn Gerdes at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen.

The research group of Prof Gerdes has recently relocated to the University of Copenhagen and is embedded in a newly created dynamic and inspirational research environment hosting five other research groups working in the field of molecular microbiology.

Area of research Our work focuses on the study of bacterial stress responses and persistence. Our recent publications on (p)ppGpp, toxin – antitoxins and bacterial persistence (Maisonneuve et al., Cell 154, 1140-50, 2013; Germain et al., Mol. Cell 248-54, 2013; Winther et al., Nature Commun. 4: 2796, 2013; Maisonneuve et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108, 13206-13211, 2011; Winther & Gerdes, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108, 7403-7407, 2011; Germain et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112, 5171-6, 2015) implicates TA-encoded toxins as being essential for persistence.

Qualifications Candidates should hold a PhD-degree within the area of bacterial biochemistry or genetics. Experience in the field of molecular microbiology is pivotal but a candidate familiar with the translation apparatus and/or with bacterial stress responses will be preferred. Excellent written and spoken English is a requirement for the position. The candidates should document a track record of scientific publications, and have the ability to work autonomously as well as in a team.

 Applications must be in English, and must include:

·        Letter of motivation including a brief description of project-related research experience (max. 2 pages).

·        Curriculum vitae incl. education, previous employments, teaching experience and other skills relevant for the position.

·        Complete list of publications.

·        Copy of PhD diploma.

·        Full contact details of 1-2 references, letters of recommendation may be included


Terms of salary and employment

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central organization. The salary depends on seniority, as agreed between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The position will be at the level of postdoctoral fellow and the basic salary according to seniority is 32.095 – 33.792 DKK/month plus pension. A supplement could be negotiated.


The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Application must be uploaded no later than December 1st, 2015


For further information about the position please contact Prof Kenn Gerdes  Apply by clicking "Apply online" below and by simultaneously forwarding your application directly to Prof Kenn Gerdes

The position is to be started as soon as possible and no later than February 1st 2016.

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