Post Doc in Biophysics and Optics
University of Copenhagen

Two Postdocs in the fields of Biophysics and Optics focusing on Biology

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PLEN) & Niels Bohr Institute (NBI)
Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

Section of Plant Glycobiology, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering two postdoc positions with start July 1st 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter for a period of at least two years. The postdoc positions will be associated with the Plant Cell Biology/Cellulose synthesis group (Prof. Staffan Persson) at PLEN, and with the Experimental Biophysics group (Assoc Profs. Poul Martin Bendix and Liselotte Jauffred) at the NBI, Copenhagen University. The work aims to develop, and use, biophysics approaches to address important biological problems. The applicants are expected to be well versed in building new instruments and set-ups to study biological systems. It is expected that the applicants have strong background in at least one area of optics, biophysics and bioengineering.

You will work in a highly cross-disciplinary team that includes the full range of microscopy, proteomics, glycomics, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology. You will aid in the development of new biophysical instrumentation and ideas for applications to biological questions. These questions may include, how plants heal themseleves after injuries, measuring protein-protein interaction strength and assessing how cell shape influences cell wall patterns. Together, these efforts should  stimulate a new and exciting environment between plant science and biophysics with the aim of understanding fundamental mechanisms that underpin biology. Therefore, we are looking for two self-motivated scientists who can work independently and assist in building a highly interdisciplinary environment between biology and physics. Finally,  your tasks will include  supervision of students and lab technicians, as well as to actively apply for funding.

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD degree in Biology, Physics, Biophysics or Bioengineering.
  • Practical experience in either, Cell Biology, Biophysics, Optics or Bioengineering.
  • Excellent English communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Professional qualifications relevant for the position.
  • Publications.
  • Relevant work experiences.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Creative thinking.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Staffan Persson (email: ) as well as Assoc Professors Poul Martin Bendix (email: ) and Liselotte Jauffred (email: ).

The positions are open from 1st of July, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University encourages diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vita
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and possible future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 1st of February 2021, 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.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews via skype or in person will commence shortly after the first selection round.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Staffan Persson


Application deadline: 01-02-2021
Employment start: 01-07-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Section of Plant Glycobiology,
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