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Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Plant Biochemistry, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen

We invite applications for a 2.5 year Postdoctoral position at the Plant Biochemistry Laboratory, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The position is funded by a grant from The Danish Council for Independent Research, Technology and Production Sciences. Commencement will be 1 November 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Triterpenoids constitute a structurally diverse class of natural plant defense compounds, which are wide spread across the plant kingdom, and appear to have evolved recurrently through evolution.  The position is focused on pathway elucidation of triterpenoids and in development of in planta production systems using hairy roots. The project is directed principally by Professor Søren Bak ( and secondarily by Associate Professor Sotirios Kampranis ( A PhD position will be filled on the same grant working on reconstruction of triterpenoids biosynthesis in yeast.  
We are seeking a motivated, creative and independent Postdoctoral Fellow. The successful candidate will join a vibrant international research environment at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, and will be integrated members of the “Triterpenoid” and “Biochemical Engineering” research groups at the Section for Plant Biochemistry. The Section is also part of the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre (    
Skills and experience required or highly desired for the position:  
Hold a PhD in an appropriate subject (e.g plant biochemistry, plant physiology, molecular biology, biotechnology, metabolomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, bioinformatics).   
- Broad curiosity in biological questions and open-mindedness to cross-disciplinary research.   
- Knowledge of plant specialized metabolism with special focus on terpenoids and preferentially triterpenoids   
- Theoretical and hands-on expertise in molecular biology and plant biochemistry, particularly with skills in pathway discovery and heterologous expression.   
- Theoretical and hands-on expertise in bioinformatics, preferentially within molecular phylogeny and in handling transcriptomic and genomics datasets.  
- Interest in and skills in working with plant organ cultures  
- Enthusiasm and good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work and collaborate with others, including the supervision and mentoring of postgraduate students.   
- Ability to work independently and see projects through to completion.   
- Strong scientific writing skills and publication record.   
Formal requirements  
Applicants should be fluent in both spoken and written English.   
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 392,943  including annual supplement (+ 17.1% pension). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  
Application Procedure  
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.   
Please include:   
- Cover Letter. Please state your motivation and describe how your background contributes to the project. Please also include full contact details (name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees (Maximum 1 page).   
- CV (maximum 2 pages).  
- Diploma and transcripts for both BSc, MSc and PhD degrees.   
- Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications.   
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 20 August 2017, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.   
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.   
For more information contact Professor Søren Bak,, +45 3533 3346 or Associate professor Sotirios Kampranis,  

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Søren Bak


Application deadline: 20-08-2017
Employment start: 01-11-2017
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Plante- og Miljøvidenskab

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