Phd fellow in Protein Biology
University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology

Description of the scientific environment 
The main focus of the work in the host laboratory is to discover and functionally characterize novel bioactive peptides from animal venoms with potential pharmacotherapeutic application. We use a variety of biochemical and cell biological methods, supported by molecular biology and bioinformatics.  

Project description 
The project will focus on the functional characterization of several newly identified venom peptides to determine their receptor target and investigate evolutionary relationships between these peptides and their molecular target. In addition, the work will involve pharmacological and biophysical characterization and analysis of RNA-sequencing and mass spectrometry datasets.  

Principal supervisor is Professor Lars Ellgaard, Department of Biology, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +4535321725. 

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 biochemistry/cell biology/molecular biology 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 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) 
• 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 30 June 2019, 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 Lars Ellgaard, Department of Biology, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +4535321725. 

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at 

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