University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Postdoctoral Position at Center for Peptide-Based Antibiotics

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Copenhagen, Denmark

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

A postdoctoral position is available in biology in the area of discovery and in vivo studies of novel peptide-based antibiotics. The postdoctoral fellow will be affiliated with at The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM). The position is for 2 years (extension may be possible) and is available from 1 August 2020.

Job description

The position will involve hands on microbiology lab work such as MIC determinations, Time-kill assays, CFU determinations, work with mouse infection models; writing of laboratory protocols, scientific reports and manuscripts as well as coordination of activities and communication of results with Cepan partners.

The work will be closely integrated with related projects in the research centre, and the applicant is expected to possess an outgoing interdisciplinary approach toward collaboration with medicinal chemists as wells as molecular biologists and microbiologists.

The University of Copenhagen encourages career development of its postdoctoral fellows and the position carries an obligation to conduct some undergraduate teaching and associated examinations within the Medical School.

Scientific environment

Center for Peptide-Based Antibiotics (Cepan) offers an ambitious scientific environment, with many different nationalities represented. Cepan is a research centre at University of Copenhagen supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge program aiming at discovery of novel peptide-based antibiotics targeting resistant Gram-negative bacteria. You can read more at

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM) aims to produce research with high international impact focusing on the functional cell, its genetic components and molecular cellular mechanisms in a medical context. ICMM currently comprises five research programmes, three high profile Research Centres as well as a number of international research groups. The scientists at ICMM are involved in high quality research based undergraduate and graduate teaching programs at the University of Copenhagen. You can read more at and at

The primary work place will be at Statens Serum Institut.

Required qualifications

Highly motivated and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications:

A PhD degree in life sciences or equivalent relevant discipline Experience with Microbiological methods with emphasis on MIC determinations and related methods. Experience in Experimental infection (mouse) models Experience in Pharmacology of antibiotics Knowledge in pharmacokinetics/dynamics Proven ability to present and publish research data Excellent English communication skills, both oral and written

In all cases, the ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration, and thus the University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

Terms of salary and employment

The terms of employment are set according to the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations or other relevant professional organisation. Successful applicants will receive a generous salary from the University of Copenhagen as well as a monthly contribution of 17.1% of the salary paid into a pension fund.

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 7 August 2019.


For further information about the position, please contact Professor Peter E. Nielsen by email

Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and

Application procedure

The application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply online” below, and must include the following:

Curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a report on previous research undertaken, and the names, addresses and contact details of 3 referees Diplomas – all relevant certificates, including grades An outline of how you could contribute scientifically and intellectually to the research of this laboratory (approximately 1 A4 page)

Please note the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

The deadline for applications is 7 June 2020 at 23:59 CET.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether an expert assessment committee has passed their application for assessment. 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

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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