PhD fellow in DNA repair and genome stability
University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology

PhD fellow in DNA repair and genome stability


Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in DNA repair and genome stability commencing 1.11.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Description of the scientific environment

The Section for Functional Genomics at the Department of Biology provides a strong, international environment for research in the field of Genetics and Genomics located at Copenhagen Biocenter, Ole Maaløes Vej 5, Copenhagen N. The Section currently employs 12 principal investigators, 5 technicians, 12 post docs, 25 PhD students as well as a number of undergraduate students.


Project description

Genome integrity is critically dependent on DNA repair mechanisms of the cell, because the genetic material of the cell is constantly damaged by physical and chemical insults. If DNA lesions are not repaired properly in a timely fashion, they can lead to mutations, which is the underlying cause of both cancer, cellular ageing, and a number of developmental disorders. The aim of the PhD project is to study the role of the ZGRF1 helicase in DNA repair including its regulation by protein post-translational modifications (PTMs), cellular localization, protein-protein interactions and unique DNA structures that are recognized by the helicase.


Principal supervisor is Professor Michael Lisby, Department of Biology,, Direct Phone: 35322120.


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 biology, molecular biomedicine, biochemistry or a closely related field with excellent 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 325.625 (approx. €43,400) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,980). 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 1 September 2019 (year), 23:59 GMT +2.

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 Michael Lisby, Department of Biology,, Direct Phone: 35322120].


General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

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