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Postdoctoral position in experimental biophysics available at StemPhys, an interdisciplinary center at the interface of physics and stem cell

StemPhys at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen offers a position in experimental biophysics at StemPhys. The position has a flexible start date, from 1 April 2018. The position will be for 2 years with a possible extension.  
About StemPhys  
StemPhys is an interdisciplinary initiative joining forces of physics and stem cell biology with the goal of advancing our knowledge of stem cell commitment and controlling the differentiation process. Six core groups at the University of Copenhagen constitute StemPhys, three in stem cell and developmental biology from DanStem, Faculty of Health and three groups covering both theoretical and experimental physics, from the Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science. The current position will be affiliated to the latter group, an experimental biophysics group headed by Professor and Center Leader Lene B. Oddershede. Details about StemPhys can be found at
What we are looking for 
We are looking for a talented, highly motivated and creative scientist with a background in experimental physics who is interested in exploring questions at the interface between physics and stem cell biology. The work tasks will include construction, maintenance and development of optical equipment for single molecule imaging and optical manipulation. These, and other techniques, will be used to study the biomechanics of living stem cells and developing organisms. It is desirable if the candidate has a strong background in experimental physics/optics and with some experience in exploring biological systems.  
To be considered for the postdoctoral position, before the starting date the applicant must hold a PhD degree in experimental physics, nano-science or the like. Successful candidates must have excellent English skills, both written and oral.
What we offer 
We offer a highly creative and exciting research atmosphere at the vibrant border between physics and stem cell biology. The first possible starting date is 1 April 2018. The salary is set accordingly to Danish Union Contracts which are quite competitive on an international scale. 
The duties will include research at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. At the assistant professor level, the position will also include other duties as, e.g., teaching and fund raising.  
StemPhys is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age. 
For further information please contact Prof. Lene B. Oddershede (, Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. 
Terms of employment 
The positions are for a period of 2 years with the possibility of extension to 3 years. 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 basic salary is between DKK 33,000 and DKK 35,000 (4400/4700 €)/month; a supplement can be negotiated depending on qualifications. In addition to the basic salary a monthly contribution to a pension fund is added (17.1% of the salary). 
Most non-Danish citizens are eligible for a favorable tax scheme. Copenhagen is a beautiful, family-friendly city with a large international community, a lively and diverse cultural scene, and a very high quality of life. More on employment conditions on ;
Application and selection process
Applications for the postdoc positions are to be made online using this link APPLY NOW.
The application deadline is 20 February 2018, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for application will not be considered. 
As part of the online application procedure candidates will be required to upload a CV with detailed information about their previous carrier and work, upload exam certificates, upload a complete publication list, and upload a motivation letter explaining their scientific focus and how it relates to StemPhys. After a first selection round, the candidates on the short list may be invited for an oral interview in Copenhagen, which will take place mid-March. 
Please include:  

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Diploma (PhD; if PhD pending, Master’s or equivalent) 
  • Motivation letter explaining the scientific focus and how it relates to StemPhys 
  • Complete publication list 
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers 
The deadline for applications is 20 February 2018, 23:59 GMT+1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

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