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Postdoc position in microbe-host interactions

Postdoc position

Section of Microbiology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a postdoc position in microbe-host interactions commencing 1 May 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description

This postdoc project examines the effects of microbial interactions on host fitness, within an Evolutionary Medicine framework. The postdoc will test whether the bacterium Helicobacter pylori can protect against malaria complications in a mouse model. H. pylori is renowned for causing stomach ulcers and -cancer, but can also protect against the development of asthma and allergies. This complex relationship is shaped by thousands of years of co-evolution. Infection affects immune system development and has systemic anti-inflammatory effects if established early in life. The postdoc will explore the effects of early life H. pylori infection on development of malaria later in life, with a particular focus on identifying the role of immunoregulation by H. pylori, and microbiome interactions. Techniques include mouse experimental work with Plasmodium chabaudi and P. berghei infection, flow cytometry and host tissue transcriptomics.

The position is for 17 months with support for application for additional funding. The project will be carried out at Section of Microbiology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, where you will engage in teamwork within the group and with national and international collaborators. The position is funded by a Sapere Aude grant from the Independent Research Council Denmark to PI Sandra Breum Andersen with the objective of studying intra- and interspecies interactions involving H. pylori.


We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious researcher in evolutionary microbiology. Applicants should have some of the following qualifications, and an interest in acquiring the rest:

  • Ph.D. degree in microbiology, evolutionary biology, biotechnology, immunology or a closely related field, completed after March 2015 (discounting periods of leave)
  • Experience with basic microbiological and molecular techniques
  • Certification for mouse experimental work
  • Bioinformatics skills for analysis of transcriptome data
  • Experience with flow cytometry
  • Fluency in English
For further information, contact: Assistant Professor Sandra Breum Andersen at

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 434,179 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74,244). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

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

Please include

  • Motivated letter of application,
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (Master and PhD)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees
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 25 February 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. 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. You can read more about the recruitment process at

General information about the Section is available at

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH in this links:, and

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