Postdoc in Stem Cell Biology
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Postdoc in Stem Cell Biology

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen


We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher with experience in stem cell biology for a 2-year postdoc position to commence on 1 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.



The Center was established in 2010 through a generous, unrestricted grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF). The vision of the Center is to strengthen interdisciplinary research that transforms our basic understanding of the mechanisms of metabolic health and disease, and to accelerate this knowledge toward new prevention and treatment strategies. The Center has around 200 employees from all over the world. We moved into new laboratories, offices and meeting rooms in the Maersk Tower in summer 2017. In 2018, the Center obtained new strategic funding from NNF to further expand and establish/develop five enabling biology and technology platforms in support of the new research strategy. You can read more about us at


The position will be in the lab group of Professor Romain Barrès, which is part of the GECKO Consortium (Gametic Epigenetics Consortium against Obesity). This consortium, funded by a NNF Challenge Grant, aims to understand the cellular mechanisms by which environmentally-acquired epigenetic information transferred by spermatozoa to offspring can influence their development and predispose them to obesity. The GECKO Consortium is an international group of researchers from the University of Copenhagen, the University of Sydney and the University of Chicago, giving many opportunities for collaboration and insight from a variety of experts.



We are seeking a skilled and experienced postdoc in stem cell biology to study the effects of epigenetic variation at specific genomic loci on the differentiation of mouse and human embryonic stem cells. We are looking for someone with experience in stem cell culture, differentiation of ES cells in different lineages and general proficiency in molecular biology. The successful candidate will use a dead Cas9 -CRISPR system fused to the DNA methyltransferase 3a or the DNA methylation enzyme Tet1.


Essential criteria

  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field

  • Very strong experience in establishing mouse and human ES cell cultures

  • Experience in molecular biology techniques, such as cloning, production of recombinant proteins and virus production

  • Experience in analysis of sequencing data

  • Experience in experimental design and planning of experiments

  • Demonstrated capacity for effective team work

  • Proven track record showing scientific productivity in peer reviewed journals

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English


Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of epigenetic mechanisms, DNA methylation and small RNA biology

  • Experience in collecting and processing large-scale scientific data


Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a full time position for 2 years. Starting date is 1 October 2019.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated.


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.



For further information, please contact Professor Romain Barrès by email For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR by email


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


Application procedure

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  • Motivated letter of application addressing each of the essential criteria (max. two pages)

  • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

  • A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do

  • List of publications.

  • List of three references


Application deadline is 31 August 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 an unbiased assessor has passed their application for assessment. 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 University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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