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1-2 PhD positions are available at the Biocomplexity Section at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering 1-2 PhD scholarship in Biocomplexity commencing 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
We conduct research on a broad range of aspects within the science of complex phenomena in physics. In particular we focus on phenomena on the boundaries between physics, biology and medicine. We engage on topics ranging from pattern formation, epidemics in a dish, virus-host interactions, development and stem cells, cellular behaviour, neuronal dynamics, genetic regulation, protein oscillations, DNA damage. On these topics we formulate models based on physical and mathematical principles and study these model with analytical and numerical methods. We have close collaboration with many labs, for instance at Beijing, Harvard, Chicago and Bangalore and expect the successful candidate to visit them.

We offer a highly creative and exciting research atmosphere at the vibrant border between physics, biology and medicine. The PhD fellowship is given in accordance with Danish legislation and will typically run for 3 years. The salary is set accordingly to Danish Union Contracts which are quite competitive on an international scale.


Project description
The projects centers around biology as a dynamical system, and involves development of equations and computer algorithms to inform experiments on living systems. The student are encouraged to formulate new avenues of research, within the activities of the bio-complexity group mentioned above. In particular we have open problems on the dynamics of virus, on the collective properties of cells and on the dynamics of gene expression.


Principal supervisor is

  • Professor Kim Sneppen, Department of Biocomplexity, sneppen@nbi.ku.dk Direct Phone: +45 28755352
  • Professor Mogens Høgh Jensen, Department of Biocomplexity, mhjensen@nbi.ku.dk, Direct Phone: +45 28755371


Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

Your key tasks as a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses (for PhD student)
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in congresses
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • Work for the Department
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • A master’s or bachelor’s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship)


Formal requirements
We are looking for a talented, highly motivated and creative scientist who is interested in exploring questions at the interface between physics and biology. The successful candidates must have excellent English skills, both written and oral. The position will mainly deal with modelling of complex phenomena in biology often inspired by experimental data. The successful candidate must hold a Masters degree in physics, biophysics or related disciplines.


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 at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


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


Please include

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


The deadline for applications is 1 July 2020, 23:59 GMT +2.


After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.


Questions
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact Professor Mogens Høgh Jensen, Department of Biocomplexity, mhjensen@nbi.ku.dk, Direct Phone: +45 28755371 or Professor Kim Sneppen, Department of Biocomplexity, sneppen@nbi.ku.dk Direct Phone: +45 28755352

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd.


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