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Postdoctoral positions at Center for Peptide-Based Antibiotics, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Postdoctoral positions at Center for Peptide-Based Antibiotics, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen 

Up to four postdoctoral positions are available in molecular/microbiology (2) and medicinal chemistry (2) in the area of discovery and studies of novel peptide-based antibiotics. The postdoctoral fellows will be affiliated with Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and/or Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science. The positions are for 2 years (with possibility of extension) and are available from April 1st, 2017 or upon agreement.

Job description

Two postdoc projects involve design and synthesis of novel antisense antimicrobial PNA-peptide conjugates, and design and chemical synthesis of novel compounds capable of increasing the permeability of the Gram-negative envelope (i.e. enhancer molecules). A major task will be to design and synthesize new building blocks for solid phase peptide synthesis. The other two projects concern identification of novel intracellular targets for peptide and PNA based antibiotics, discovery of novel bacterial envelope-permeabilizing peptides, and studies of uptake mechanisms for selected antimicrobial peptides and PNA molecules.

You can read more at www.cepan.ku.dk

Scientific environment

Center for Peptide-Based Antibiotics (Cepan) offers an ambitious scientific environment, with many different nationalities represented. Cepan is a research center at University of Copenhagen supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge program aiming at discovery of novel peptide-based antibiotics targeting resistant Gram-negative bacteria. You can read more at www.cepan.ku.dk

The work place will be Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (www.icmm.ku.dk), Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology (www.drug.ku.dk) and/or Department of Biology (www.bio.ku.dk).

Required qualifications:

Highly motivated and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications: 

  • A PhD degree in organic chemistry or molecular biology or equivalent
  • Relevant scientific experience supported by a strong publication record
  • Proven ability to present and publish research data
  • Excellent English communication skills, both oral and written

In all cases, the ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration, and thus the University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background. 

Terms of salary and employment:

The terms of employment are set according to the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations or other relevant professional organization. Successful applicants will receive a generous salary from the University of Copenhagen as well as a monthly contribution of 17.1% of the salary paid into a pension fund.


For further information about the position, please contact Assoc. Prof. Henrik Franzyk (E-mail: henrik.franzyk@sund.ku.dk), Prof. Peter E. Nielsen (E-mail: ptrn@sund.ku.dk) or Prof. Anders Løbner-Olesen (lobner@bio.ku.dk).

Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility) and www.workingconditions.ku.dk.

Application procedure

The application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply online” below, and must include the following:

*Curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a report on previous research undertaken, and the names, addresses and contact details of 3 referees

*Diplomas – all relevant certificates, including grades

*An outline of how you could contribute scientifically and intellectually to the research of the center (approximately 1 A4 page).

Please note the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.

Deadline for application is March 1st, 2017.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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 http://employment.ku.dk

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