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Postdoctoral fellowship in transcriptome-based investigations of plasmid-host interactions, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen

Plasmids are mobile genetic elements that transfer between different bacterial hosts facilitating horizontal gene transfer, a central process of bacterial adaptation and evolution. A very striking outcome of plasmid mediated gene transfer is the spread of antibiotic resistance genes among pathogenic bacteria, which currently is one of the largest worldwide health challenges. Yet, despite this important role of plasmids, fundamental knowledge of how plasmids interact with multiple different host genomes and how this influences the evolution of plasmids and the rest of the associated genomes, is still minimal.

We are therefore looking for a Postdoc candidate that will join our team to investigate how plasmids interact with host genomes and how such molecular interactions evolve in different genomes. The primary approach the postdoc fellow will be using is single-cell transcriptomics and fluorescent protein-based promoter and/or protein fusions reporters.

The postdoc position is for 2 years and will be carried out at Section of Microbiology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen where the fellow will engage in teamwork within the rest of the group and with our national and international collaborators. The position is to be filled 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.


We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious researcher who is interested in bacterial evolution and keen on working with single-cell transcriptomics. Applicants with experience in: transcriptomics, Illumina-based sequencing and bioinformatic analysis, and/or microbiologists with specialization in plasmid biology or evolution, will be prioritized. Applicants with the following proficiencies will be regarded highly qualified:

  • Ph.D. (required) in Bioinformatics, Microbiology, or equivalent.
  • Documented experience with the analysis of Illumina-based sequencing data. Preferably transcriptomes or meta-genomes.
  • Hands on experience from the wet-lab preparing samples for Illumina-based sequencing. Preferably transcriptomes or meta-genomes.
  • Previous research focused on horizontal gene transfer and plasmid biology.
  • Research within the field of microbiology and evolution.
  • Fluency in English.
For further information, contact: Assistant Professor Jonas Stenløkke Madsen

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 434.179 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.244). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Please include

  • Motivated letter of application
  • Curriculum vita
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers
The deadline for applications is 18 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.

You can read about the recruitment process at

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