Postdoc Position in Molecular Microbiology
University of Copenhagen Department of Biology
Denmark

Postdoc Molecular Microbiology

Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoc in the area of discovery and studies of novel peptide-based antibiotics for a 1 year position (with the possibility of extension) to commence on 1st June 2021. The Postdoc fellowship is funded by the Lundbeck Experiment Grant, “A Novel in vivo Peptide Display Technology in Bacteria” and will be affiliated with the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science.

Project description:

Antimicrobial resistance caused by multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria is on the rise and has become a global human threat and economic burden worldwide. In particular, infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria are difficult to treat due to limited treatment options. Peptides are representing an expanding class of novel small molecule drugs and antimicrobial peptides are recapturing attention as alternatives to antibiotics. Despite the great interest of bioactive peptides for medical applications current technologies for their identification are limited. 

In this project, we will establish and optimize a novel in vivo technology for the intracellular display of linear peptides. Based on this newly developed in vivo peptide technology, we seek to identify novel antimicrobial peptides as well as their intracellular molecular targets along with peptides capable of permeabilizing the bacterial envelope. The latter are expected to increase the bacterial susceptibility to antimicrobials by improving the cell entry.

The postdoc position is for 1 year with the possibility of extension and will be carried out in collaboration with the laboratory of Prof. Anders Løbner-Olesen at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen (https://www1.bio.ku.dk/english/research/fg/alo/).

The postdoc´s duties will include research within the above-mentioned field as well as teaching. The post may also include performing of other duties.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a highly motivated, independent and ambitious researcher able to work as a team player as well as independently, with an open communication style and a problem-solving attitude.

Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • PhD in Molecular Microbiology, Microbial Genetics, Biotechnology, or equivalent.
  • Strong molecular microbiology and bacterial genetics background with Escherichia coli and ideally also with other Gram-negative bacteria.
  • Experience in fluorescence techniques in bacterial cell biology
  • Hands-on experience in antimicrobial susceptibility testing
  • Basic bioinformatic skills
  • Previous experience with next-generation sequencing workflows will be considered an advantage.
  • Proficiency in English; excellent communication skills (written and spoken) is mandatory.
  • A publication record in relation to career stage.

Further information:

For further information, please contact Anna Ebbensgaard (anna.ebbensgaard@bio.ku.dk) +45 29716115)

The University wishes our staff to reflect the 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 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 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.

Application

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically and include the following parts:

  • Cover letter (max one page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Complete list of publications
  • Recommendation letter(s).
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (e.g. education, teaching and additional research qualifications)

The deadline for applications is 5 April 2021, 23:59 GMT +2. 

Applications received after the deadline, not using the online application form, or not including the required documents will not be considered.

Application procedure

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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 

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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.

Info

Application deadline: 05-04-2021
Employment start: 01-06-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biology


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