Post Doc in Plant Protein Biology and Biochemistry
University of Copenhagen Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Postdoc Postion in the fields of Plant Protein Biology and Biochemistry

Section for Plant Glycobiology, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a postdoc position with start April 1st 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter for a period of 2 years. The postdoc position will be associated with the new project ”Engineering cellulose synthases to custom-build plant cell walls” headed by Assistant Professor Christopher Kesten. The project is funded as a Novo Nordisk foundation, NNF Emerging Investigator in Biotech. The project will be associated with the research group Cellulose Synthesis headed by Professor Staffan Persson.

The work aims to understand how certain proteins impact the cytoskeleton and cell wall structure. The research will range from protein characterization, visualization of protein activities in vivo and in vitro, analysing cytoskeletal characteristics, and elucidating how cell wall synthesis is connected to protein function.

You will work in a highly cross-disciplinary team that includes the full range of microscopy, proteomics, biochemistry and molecular biology. It is expected that you have a strong foundation in at least one of the areas of molecular & cell biology, biochemistry or biophysics. Together, we will generate an exciting environment to understand mechanisms that underpin how proteins regulate and arrange the cytoskeleton and impact cell wall synthesis. You will also be able to engage in supervision of students and lab technicians, as well as actively apply for funding.

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD degree in Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • Practical experience in either, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Proteomics, Biophysics or Biochemistry
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills

Key Selection Criteria

  • Professional qualifications relevant for the position
  • Publications
  • Relevant work experiences
  • Language skills
  • Creative thinking.

Further information on the Department can be found here Inquiries about the position can be made to Assist. Professor Christopher Kesten ( & Professor Staffan Persson (

The position is open from 1st of April 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 31st of December (2020), 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 zoom/skype or in person, depending on the current situation, 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: 31-12-2020
Employment start: 01-04-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
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