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A PhD Fellowship in the Erler Group at BRIC, University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic student, with a strong interest in the tumour microenvironment.

Our research
In our group, we try to understand how cancer spreads through the body (a process called metastasis), as this is responsible for over 90% of cancer patient deaths. Metastasis is strongly influenced by the tumor microenvironment. We study how cells sense and respond to the tumor microenvironment in such a way as to become more aggressive, with a particular focus on cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. We take a multidisciplinary, integrative approach to perform high quality translational research with collaborative partners world-wide.

Project
The student will research how the extracellular matrix is altered during cancer progression. The project will include novel therapeutic targeting strategies to disrupt metastasis.

Start: Preferably 1st September 2017 or after agreement.

Duration: 3 years as a PhD

Qualifications
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate with the following qualifications:

  • A Master of Science in biology, biochemistry or similar
  • Experience in cancer research
  • Knowledge about the tumour microenvironment
  • Knowledge about the extracellular matrix
  • Excellent communication skills in English To be considered for the position as PhD fellow, it is a condition, that your Master of Science degree is considered to be equivalent to a Danish Master of Science (http://fivu.dk/en). For further information regarding the position, please contact Associate Professor Janine Erler on e-mail: janine.erler@bric.ku.dkPlace of employment and work   
  • More about BRIC and the Erler Group on www.bric.ku.dk
  • The employment and place of work is at BRIC, University of Copenhagen. BRIC is located close to the centre of Copenhagen, in the Copenhagen Biocenter. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories, a number of cutting-edge core facilities shared between the 23 research groups at BRIC and the neighboring Finsen Laboratory and a well-functioning administrative and technical support. We have weekly journal clubs, data clubs, seminars with invited speakers and a young researchers club ASAP and our own PhD programme, MoMeD. BRIC actively participates in the European alliance, EU-life consisting of 13 excellent life science research institutions http://www.eu-lide.eu/

Terms of salary and employment
The appointment as PhD fellow is for 3 years. It is conditioned upon the candidates’ success­ful enrolment in the PhD programme. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the candidate before the starting date.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the University’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 25.556 DKK (ca. 3.450 EUR) plus pension.

Application
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below or via BRIC’s website on http://www.bric.ku.dk/jobs/. The application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

 

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Curriculum vitae incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. A certified/signed copy of Master of Science certificate. 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)

Letters of recommendation
Furthermore, the applicant should provide two letters of recommendation. To be taken into consideration, the letter must be signed by the supporting person on paper with institutional letter head and in PDF-format. They should be sent before deadline to jobvacancy@bric.ku.dk with subject “candidate’s last name-Erler-PhD-Sep2017”; preferably by the supporting person. Please make sure that an easy match between the recommendation letter and the individual applicant is possible.

Application deadline: 18 May 2017

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications or letters of recommendation that do not live up to the above-mentioned requirements.

We reserve the right not to consider applications or supplementary material received after deadline, and not to consider applications or letters of recommendation that do not live up to the above-mentioned requirements.

 

The further process

Shortlist: After expiry of the application deadline, the superior with power to appoint selects a number of applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. Applicants who were not passed for assessment should not expect further with regard to their application unless the shortlist is revised.

Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministry Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities 2012 and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee 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.

You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/

BRIC and University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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Janine Erler

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Application deadline: 18-05-2017
Employment type: Limited period
Employment start: 01-09-2017
Department/Location: Biotech Research and Innovation Center

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