University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Postdoc in Molecular Skeletal Muscle Cell Signaling

Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

A 2 year postdoctoral research position is available in the group of associate professor Thomas Elbenhardt Jensen PhD at the department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, currently #1 in Shanghai academic ranking of Sports Science Schools and Departments. The overall goal of our research is to understand how physical activity and nutrition influence skeletal muscle function in health and disease (insulin resistance and atrophy) and the underlying molecular signal transduction mechanisms mediating these effects. Our model systems range from cell culture to mice to humans, which we combine with a unique mix of state-of-the-art methods within molecular cell biology and physiology.

The currently available project seeks to develop and implement novel tools to study subcellular compartmentalized kinase signaling in adult skeletal muscle. This work will entail design and optimization of novel compartment-specific kinase-reporters, microscopy-approaches and compartment-isolation techniques in adult muscle. Qualified candidates should have strong experimental backgrounds in molecular and cell biology, in particular having expert knowledge within molecular cloning and microscopy. We seek a cell biologist with expertise in complementary, rather than similar, laboratory methods to those of our current team – specifically with know-how in creating new recombinant protein constructs. Therefore, Prior research experience in skeletal muscle and mice is not a necessity and applicants without extensive experience in molecular cloning will not be considered.

The candidate should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and have demonstrated the ability to think critically and innovatively. We are looking for an ambitious, flexible and self-motivated individual who is able to manage multidisciplinary projects both as lead scientist and as part of our research team and mentor junior lab members.

The research in Dr. Jensen’s lab is well-funded by grants from e.g. the Novo Nordisk Foundation, Lundbeck Foundation and Danish Research Council. Copenhagen is currently ranked #9 on the Global Liveability Index.

The postdoc’s duties will include research tasks as outlined above, as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.
Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Thomas E. Jensen

The position is open from [1st of June 2020] or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)

  • A 1p motivational letter

  • Complete publication list

  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is March 17th 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.  
Interviews will be held on April 6th 2020.
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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