PhD fellow in Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation in Plants

PhD fellow in Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation in Plants

University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Description of the scientific environment
The Brodersen group, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, is recruiting a PhD student to work on a 3-year project aimed at understanding mechanisms and biological functions of post-transcriptional gene regulation via small RNAs in plants. The position is available to start on 1 March 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The group is housed in the Biocenter in central Copenhagen, Denmark (

Project description
The group uses the plant Arabidopsis thaliana as model organism, and we use a variety of genetic, biochemical, biophysical and bioinformatic techniques in our work. We are interested in obtaining a molecular understanding of how plant cells distinguish self from non-self RNA, and how this distinction is coupled to amplification of siRNAs on non-self RNA templates. We are also interested in addressing how newly synthesized small RNAs get efficiently incorporated into active silencing complexes, and how this process may be mechanistically linked to regulated proteolysis of key small RNA effectors.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with an MSc degree in molecular biology or similar. Prior knowledge of RNA silencing and experience with Arabidopsis as a model system are advantages, but not strict requirements.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Peter Brodersen, Department of Biology, email

Job description
**The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:
• To perform your research project as an active member of the research group
• Attend PhD courses
• Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
• Teach and disseminate your research
• To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
• Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Molecular Biology or Biochemistry with good results and good English skills. Publications and relevant work experience will also count towards the assessment of your qualifications.

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 at a minimum DKK 322.642 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44.567). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Please include
• 1-page Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
• CV
• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
• Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
• Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
• Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 9 January 2019, 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. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

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