Post Doc in Virus-Host Interactions
University of Copenhagen Department of Immunology and Microbiology

Postdoc Position in Virus-Host Interactions

The University seeks to appoint a postdoc to the Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM) to work at CO-HEP to commence to commence 1 June 2022 or as soon as possible hereafter. The position is for 2 years with the possibility of extension.

Information on the Department can be found at:

Our group and research

During the Postdoc, you will be working on the molecular and cell biology of RNA virus infections. You will join the group of Associate Professor Troels Scheel, who leads a research team of currently seven scientists. Our group is part of Copenhagen Hepatitis C Program (CO-HEP) with around 40 researchers and affiliated with Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM), University of Copenhagen, and with Department of Infectious Diseases, Hvidovre Hospital. Your primary work location will be at the university. Our work environment is ambitious, dynamic and international.

Project description

RNA viruses are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Pathogens of our interest include hepatitis viruses, flaviviruses (e.g. yellow fever, zika), picornaviruses (e.g. polio, coxsackie), alphaviruses (e.g. sindbis, chikungunya) and animal pathogens such as pestiviruses. We have specific interest in virus-host interactions, including RNA interactions that are becoming increasingly important. Some, such as that of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the micro-RNA, miR-122, are emerging as therapeutic targets. We recently identified and characterized similar interactions for other viruses. Much, however, remains to be understood on virus-host interactions during infection, including implications for innate immunity. Another interest of ours is animal models for HCV using the recently discovered HCV-related hepaciviruses in rodents and horses, which could provide important insights on pathology and immune responses.

Your project on virus-host interactions will be defined together with your supervisor, Troels Scheel, and will involve methodology such as virus cultivation, molecular biology assays, functional characterization, translation and replication reporter assays, crosslinking immune-precipitation (CLIP), RNA-seq and related methods. You will be expected to actively participate in method development and development of the project. A high level of motivation, ambition and involvement will be expected.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Troels K. H. Scheel, Copenhagen Hepatitis C Program (CO-HEP), Department of Immunology and Microbiology,, +45 25122771

Troels Scheel was appointed Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen in 2016 after completing his postdoc at Nobel Laureate Charles Rice’ laboratory at The Rockefeller University in 2015. He was awarded Starting Grants from the Danish Council for Independent Research, the European Research Council (ERC) and the Carlsberg Foundation. Jens Bukh has led CO-HEP for 15 years and was awarded advanced grants from The Danish Council for Independent Research and the Novo Nordisk Foundation and received the Novo Nordisk Prize.

For more information on research and recent projects:

Required qualifications

The successful applicant should have:

  • A PhD in virology, in RNA, molecular, cellular or systems biology, or related fields. Applicants expecting to obtain the PhD degree in the near future are also encouraged to apply.
  • Experience with the above-mentioned fields. Prior experience with high-throughput molecular biology is an advantage.
  • Interest in RNA viruses, molecular biology and novel deep sequencing methods.
  • Research qualifications including experience with cell culture and molecular biology. Experience with virology, microbiology or immunology is an advantage but not a requirement.
  • Publication(s) in high quality internationally recognized journals.

The postdoc is also required to possess good interpersonal and communicative skills. The working language is English and good English speaking, reading and writing skills are therefore required. You will be expected to drive your research with independence and initiative, but also to interact well with the group in a dedicated but pleasant work atmosphere.

Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a full time (37 hours per week) and fixed-term position for 2 years with the possibility of extension. Starting 1 June 2022 or as soon as possible herafter.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 36,800 DKK/approx. 4,940 EUR (October 2021 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.


For further information please contact Troels K. H. Scheel,

Copenhagen is a modern and international city with a high living standard. Foreign applicants may find these links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and

Application procedure

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ on this page (University of Copenhagen job portal, Applications through email or other platforms will not be considered. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. two pages).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor.

4. List of publications.

5. Letter(s) of recommendation (optional).

Application deadline:  20 February 2022, 23.59pm CET  

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The applicants will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in late March or early April 2022.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


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.


Troels Kasper Høyer Scheel


Application deadline: 20-02-2022
Employment start: 01-06-2022
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Immunology and Microbiology

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