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2 PhD positions in quantitative and conceptual modelling of biological systems at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Purpose: The Center for Models of Life at the Niels Bohr Institute has two openings for PhD studies in quantitative and conceptual modelling of biological systems. The positions are funded by an ERC advanced grant under the European Union's Seventh Framework Program, Grant n. 740704 (PI, Professor Kim Sneppen). Starting September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
About you: 
We are looking for exceptional candidates with good theoretical foundation that will engage in developing our contemporary theoretical models on dynamics of epigenetics and gene regulation, on dynamics of formation of shapes in embryonic development, or of epidemics in the perspective of immune response of the host. The successful candidate is expected to actively participate in our lively Center and contribute to the atmosphere in our group.  
What we offer: 
We offer a highly creative and exciting research atmosphere at the border between physics and biology.  Independent ideas are highly appreciated, and it is possible to formulate alternative projects within the activities in the Center for Models of Life. There is access to laboratory facilities.  
CMOL is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age. 
Job description 
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 
  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses 
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 
  • Disseminate your research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for Niels Bohr Institute as a teaching assistant 
Supervisor: Professor Kim Sneppen (, Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. 
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold a MSc degree in Physics, Complex Systems, Computational Biology or a related field by the start of the position, as well as good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. 
Integrated MSc and PhD Scheme (4+4 and 5+3 schemes) 
The positions are also available for candidates who are (or are eligible to be) enrolled at one of the faculty’s master programmes in Physics. The duration of the integrated programme depends on the amount of credits that you have passed on your MSc programme. For further information about the study programme please see:, “Study Structures”. 
Terms of employment  
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 for the 3-year Ph.D. is currently a minimum DKK 26,073 (approx. EURO 3,500) per month, plus annual pension up to DKK 43.219/approx. EURO 5,800. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
Salary and terms of employment for the 4- and 5-year, integrated PhD schemes are described here: 
Application Procedure 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW, below.  
Please include (PDF only): 
  • Cover Letter stating your research interests and background  
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any) 
  • Please arrange to have 2 letters of recommendation sent to 
The deadline for applications is 15 June 2018, 23:59 GMT +2. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  Interviews will be held in July. 
Applications for the postdoc positions are to be made online using this link APPLY NOW  

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Application deadline: 15-06-2018
Employment start: 01-09-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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