Postdoc in Ocular Immunobiology at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Denmark

Postdoc in Ocular Immunobiology at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology

 

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences 

University of Copenhagen 

 

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 3-year postdoctoral position commencing on 1 May 2019. 

 

This postdoc position will be part of a national and international project aiming to characterize the significance of chronic inflammation. 

 

Information on the department can be found at: https://isim.ku.dk/.  

 

Our research 

With a basic scientific approach, our aim is to characterize the interaction between the cells at the choroid/retinal interphase in response to pro-inflammatory cytokines in vitro and in vivo using cell cultures and murine model systems, respectively. The purpose is to achieve data, which could form a better basis for the understanding of processes leading to the formation of drusen and age-related macular degeneration in order to identify possible new targets of treatment.  

 

The project is part of a national project in cooperation with international collaborators within the same field. The project is interdisciplinary combining analysis of clinical samples, in vitro and in vivo model systems. The research group at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology consists of professors, PhD students, master’s thesis students, laboratory technicians and a trainee.

Your job 

We strive to recruit a dedicated scientist with high integrity enjoying working in an interdisciplinary environment in collaboration with others. We expect that you take part in the evolvement of the project. 

You are expected to  

  • develop, evaluate and optimize models with aiming to disclose the relation between levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and ocular cells and tissues 

  • write scientific manuscripts based on your own research 

  • participate in national and international conferences and scientific meetings 

  • participate in teaching activities at the department

Profile  

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience: 

Essential experience and skills: 

  • You have a PhD in biomedical science or comparable fields 

  • You are highly experienced in cell biology and with experimental work in murine models 

  • You are a trained cellular immunologist with an active interest in inflammation and immune therapy  

  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams 

  • Excellent English skills written and spoken 

Desirable experience and skills: 

  • Experience/knowledge in ophthalmology or neuroinflammation 

  • Experience in methods of molecular biology such as setting up, running and interpreting Q-PCR reactions 

  • Experience or knowledge in Protein Chemistry SDS-Page and ELISA 

  • Experience in Virology (plaque assay and end titration) 

  • Experience in FACS analysis using state-of-the-art multicolour analysis 

  • Experience in Bioinformatics: Sequence analysis and alignment 

  • Experience with supervision of bachelor-, master- and PhD-students 

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants 

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the project 

  • Previous publications 

  • Other professional activities and achievements 

  • Language skills 

Place of employment 

The place of employment is the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories located on the upper floors of the Mærsk Tower. 

 

Terms of employment  

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 3 years. Starting date is 1 May 2019 or after agreement. 

 

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 33,600 DKK/ approx. 4,480 Euro (April 2018-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund. 

 

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

 

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of 28 June, 2013. 

 

Questions 

For further information please contact Professor Mogens Holst Nissen, e-mail mhni@sund.ku.dk.   

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk(International Staff Mobility).  

 

Application procedure 

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format: 

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page). 

  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.  

  4. List of publications. 

 

Application deadline:  20 March 2019, 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 above-mentioned 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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.  

 

The applicant 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 week 13, 2019. 

 

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. 


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