Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (NNF CPR), UCPH

Postdoc position in cryo-EM at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (NNF CPR), UCPH

Copenhagen, Denmark

A postdoctoral position in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) is available in the Taylor group (Structural Biology of Molecular Machines) at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen. The position is for two years in the first instance and can be renewed for up to four years in total, providing a unique long-term opportunity to work on an exciting project in a well-equipped and supportive environment.

Responsibilities and tasks
The Structural Biology of Molecular Machines Group (, led by Associate professor Nicholas Taylor, studies different molecular machines involved in transport across the cell membrane.

The proposed project studies contractile injection systems (see Taylor et al Nature 2016 (PMID 27193680), Taylor et al Mol. Microbiol. 2018 (PMID 29405518)) involved in the transfer of toxins into eukaryotic cells. The postdoc will be involved in the preparation of samples and their investigation by cryo-electron microscopy as well as in data collection, analysis and interpretation. Furthermore, this person will perform complementary biological experiments to complement and strengthen structural results. The postdoc will work together with other researcher on various aspects of a larger biological question, so great collaborative skills are a core requirement.

We have excellent direct access to a FEI Titan Krios microscope, equipped with Falcon 3EC direct electron detector and Volta phase plates at the Core Facility for Integrated Microscopy.

The position is available immediately but the starting date will be agreed upon with the selected candidate.

Candidates for the postdoctoral positions must be expecting or holding a PhD degree (or equivalent). The successful candidate will have strong qualifications or experience within several of the following areas:

Protein purification, especially of large protein complexes. (Cryo-)electron microscopy. Eukaryotic cell culture. Molecular biology (especially molecular cloning, CRISPR is a plus). Experience with light microscopy is an advantage. Experience with electron tomography is a plus.

The position might also be of interest to people with experience in other areas of molecular or cell biology who are eager to learn cryo-EM.

Strong team player skills are required.

Place of employment and work
The employment is at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (, University of Copenhagen, located in central Copenhagen. The research environment at CPR is ambitious and international, with approx. 30 different nationalities currently represented. The Center comprises modern laboratories, supercomputer resources and state-of-the-art facilities within protein science. Seminars with high-profile international speakers and regular internal research seminars are organized at the center. The selected candidate should expect some travel activity.

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Terms of salary and employment
Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central organization. Currently, the monthly salary is approx. DKK 34,079/EUR 4,543 (April 2019-level) plus 17.1 % in pension contribution.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.

Duration: Two years.

Application procedure
Your online application (in English) must be submitted by clicking ‘Apply now’ below.

Your application should include the following documents:

Motivated letter of application. Curriculum vitae, incl. education and experience. Names and contact details for three references. Copy of diplomas/degree certificate(s). List of publications.

Deadline for applications: 24 June 2019, 23:59 CET.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate professor Nicholas M I Taylor by e-mail:

For further information about the application process, please contact SUND HR:

CPR and the University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Quote Reference: 149639