PhD fellow at the department of BioComplexity University of Copenhagen, Niels Bohr Institute, Department of BioComplexity Denmark

PhD fellow at the department of BioComplexity


Department of BioComplexity, Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship from 1. September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  


Description of the scientific environment 

In the Center for Models of Life, CMOL, we use methods from physics to develop models dealing with computation and communication in biological systems.  

We model regulation of living systems with the aim to understand the strategies of gene regulation and dynamics of information transfer along signaling pathways, as well as to unravel the interplay between function and evolution.  


Project description 

1 PhD position in quantitative and conceptual modeling of biological systems. 


The Center for Models of Life at the Niels Bohr Institute has up to two openings for PhD studies in quantitative and conceptual modeling of biological systems. The position is funded by an ERC advanced grant under the European Union's Seventh Framework Program, and will be under Supervision of Prof. K. Sneppen.  

We are looking for an exceptional candidate with good theoretical foundation that will engage in developing our contemporary theoretical models on complex and biological systems. Potential topics include the dynamics of formation of shapes in embryonic development, of epidemics in the perspective of immune response of the host, single cell variations in bacterial growth and behavior or of other topics to be discussed with the advisor(s). 


Independent ideas are highly appreciated, and it is possible to formulate alternative projects within the activities in the Center for Models of Life. There is access to laboratory facilities. 


The successful candidate is expected to actively participate in our lively Center and contribute to the atmosphere in our group. The full PhD grant involves some teaching duties as teaching assistant (which can be removed, but at a reduction in salary). The current funding only allow for 3 years PhD program, which require that the candidate already have a master degree. 


Principal supervisor is Professor, Kim Sneppen, BioComplexity, Niels Bohr Institute,, 32355352. 


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 

  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 

  • Work for the department 

Formal requirements  

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Physics, Complex systems, Computational Biology or a related field by the start of the position, 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 322,642 (approx. €43,015) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,567). 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 

  • 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 5 May 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  



For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor, Kim Sneppen, BioComplexity, Niels Bohr Institute,, 32355352. 


General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at 

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