PhD fellowship in Ribosome biology in Cancer at The Biotech Research and Innovation Centre
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

PhD fellowship in Ribosome biology in Cancer at The Biotech Research and Innovation Centre

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen


We are offering a PhD fellowship in Ribosome Biology in Cancer commencing November 1st, 2019.

It is becoming clear that the ribosome is not a constitutive protein production machine. Rather, its activities are likely regulated by alterations in rRNA modification states and ribosomal protein composition. Furthermore, there is accumulating evidence that pools of specialized ribosomes exist in the cell. Our work focuses on deciphering the functional significance of ribosome modifications and how this knowledge may be exploited in the development of new therapies.


Our group and research

The Lund group is an international and dynamic research group comprising several postdocs, PhD students and Masters students. Research in the Lund group currently has several focuses including the function and regulation of various classes of non-coding RNAs in human diseases ( The projects are interdisciplinary and we have a large network of national and international collaborators. We value team work and strive towards a creative, collaborative and inclusive atmosphere.


Project description

The successful candidate will develop a research project aimed at characterizing the functional roles of specific rRNA modifications in selective translation and disease development. The group has a broad technical expertise enabling us to investigate the significance of ribosome modification patterns using a combination of HTP sequencing techniques, genetics and biochemical approaches. Hence, the projects will be conducted in collaboration will other group members.


Principal supervisor is Professor Anders H. Lund, BRIC,

Start:                 November 1st 2019

Duration:          3 years


Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision

  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points

  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team

  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project

  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project


Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project.


Other important criteria are:

  • Curious mindset with a strong interest in ribosome biology

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project

  • The grade point average achieved during master studies

  • Good English skills are required

  • Prior experience in ribosome biology is an advantage

  • Knowledge of bioinformatics is an advantage

Place of employment

The place of employment is at BRIC, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and core facilities.

Terms of employment

The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant during an initial three-month employment as a research assistant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 26.755 DKK /approx. 3.567 EUR (April 2018-level) plus pension.


For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact professor Anders H. Lund,

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:  

Application procedure

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do

4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline:  September 1st, 2019 at 23.59pm 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.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed 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  

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

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