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Postdoc position - forensic genetics

A postdoc position at the Section of Forensic Genetics (FGC - Forensic Genetics Copenhagen), Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, is available from 1 July 2017. The position is for three years.

FGC performs all forensic genetic investigations for Denmark, the Faeroe Islands and Greenland. FGC conducts applied research and development projects in collaboration with a number of other laboratories, teaches forensic genetics at pre-graduate courses for medical students and at post-graduate courses for e.g. PhD students.

FGC has a number of applied forensic genetic projects including sudden cardiac death and other kinds of molecular pathology (psychiatric diseases, skin cancer, etc.), forensic genetic markers, genetics of physical traits, ancestry informative markers, identification of tissues and body fluids with mRNA, microRNA, methylated DNA and biostatistical evaluation of the weight of forensic genetic evidence. Massively parallel DNA sequencing (MPS) is a subject of major interest.

Further information about FGC can be obtained from the homepage of the Department of Forensic Medicine at

Job description
The postdoc will have research projects concerning the genetics of sudden cardiac death in a forensic setting. The project also includes research and development of genetic investigations of foetal, cell free DNA in the peripheral blood of the mothers using MPS. The postdoc will take part in the supervision of PhD, master, and bachelor students at FGC.

The applicant is expected to have a master's degree and a PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, or similar, and to be highly experienced in massively parallel sequencing. The applicant is expected to be a highly motivated and interacting person, who is willing to share knowledge and expertise with the other members of our research group.

Terms of salary and employment
The appointment is for three years and can begin June 1st, 2017 or thereafter. Salary, pension, and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central Organization in Denmark. Currently, the minimal monthly salary is approximately 32,000 DKK (approx. 4,260 Euros, with three years seniority) plus 17.1% in pension. Depending on qualifications, a higher salary may be negotiated. A non-Danish and Danish applicant may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark for the last 10 years.

The applications will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
For further information regarding the position, please contact Professor Niels Morling (

The application must include:
  1. Letter with motivation for the application (max. one page)
  2. Curriculum vitae, incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. Certified copies of university exams, Master of Science and PhD certificates. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor is needed
  4. Transcript of university exams into English, if not written in English, Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish)
  5. A description of previous scientific work (max. 2 pages)
  6. List of publications
  7. Contact details of two persons for references.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of the Danish society and welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or ethnic background.
Please submit your application no later than June 7, 2017.

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The University of Copenhagen actively influences current and future generations through excellent research, education and co-operation. UCPH is one of the highest ranked universities in Europe and is Denmark´s oldest university, founded in 1479. Today, the University has 37,000 students and 9,000 employees affiliated across six faculties: humanities, law, natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences, and theology.
Deadline: 07-06-2017


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Niels Morling


Application deadline: 07-06-2017
Employment type: Limited period
Employment start: 01-07-2017
Department/Location: Dept. of Forensic Medicine

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