Postdoctoral fellowship in transcription regulation in the Gregersen Group at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM)

We are offering a 3-year postdoctoral position commencing 1 August 2023 or after agreement to a talented and highly motivated researcher interested in computational analysis of transcriptional regulation and co-transcriptional processing.
The successful candidate will be employed in the Gregersen Group at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM) at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The Gregersen Group was established in the Spring 2021. The group focuses on various aspects of co-transcriptional regulation primarily mediated by RNA-binding proteins. Recent papers include: Gregersen et al. 2019 Cell [PMID: 31104839] and Gregersen et al. 2020 Nature Protocols [PMID: 31915390].

We use a wide range of experimental approaches including cell biology, next-generation sequencing (RNA-seq, TTchem-seq, DRB/ TTchem-seq, mNET-seq, ELCAP-seq, CLIP etc.) as well as molecular biology techniques (to decipher the molecular mechanisms of factors involved in co-transcriptional regulation and the composition of transcription complexes in human cells.

The Gregersen Group represents cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and training and is located in modern laboratories in the Mærsk tower at the Panum Institute within the ICMM and the newly established Center for Gene Expression (CGEN). We have access to state-of-the-art facilities for cell engineering, next-generation sequencing, flow cytometry, and mass spectrometry.

For more information about our research please see:

Project description
The work will be focused on bioinformatics analysis of a wide range of RNA-seq techniques (RNA-seq, TTchem-seq, DRB/TTchem-seq, ELCAP-seq etc.) used in the group to study transcriptional regulation. Using a combination of these techniques we aim to uncover how transcription dynamics is regulated in response to stress and how RNA polymerase II associated factors are involved in mediating such regulation.

The role of the candidate will primarily be to use existing tools to analysis RNA-seq data and to develop new methodologies and pipelines for analysis of performed experiments in the laboratory. In addition, it is expected that the candidate engages actively in the group, attend scientific seminars and conferences.

Principal supervisor is Lea H. Gregersen, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM).

Start:             1 August 2023 or soon thereafter.

Duration:      3 years as a postdoctoral researcher.

Your profile

  • You have a PhD in Bioinformatics, computational biology or similar.
  • Keen interest in transcription and/or RNA biology.
  • You possess research experience and publication records in relevant fields, ideally with prior experience in transcription, gene expression or RNA biology.
  • Previous experience with analysis high-throughput sequencing and ideally analysis of experiments utilizing metabolic labelling of RNA.
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams.
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM), University of Copenhagen. ICMM offers a creative and ambitious scientific environment, with many different nationalities represented.
ICMM aims to produce research with high international impact focusing on the functional cell, its genetic components, and molecular cellular mechanisms in a medical context.
ICMM currently comprises five research programs, three high profile Research Centres as well as a number of international research groups. The scientists at ICMM are involved in high quality research based undergraduate and graduate teaching programs at the University of Copenhagen.

More information can be found at Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine – University of Copenhagen (

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoctoral researcher is a full time (37 working hours per week in average) and fixed-term position for 3 years. Starting date is 1 August 2023 or after agreement.

Salary, pension, and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organization. Currently, the monthly salary starts at DKK 36,291 / approx. EUR 4,838 (April 2023-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.

For further information please contact: Lea H. Gregersen, ICMM, by e-mail:

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  4. List of publications.

Application deadline: Sunday 2 April 2023, 23.59 p.m. CET.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor 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.

Once the assessment work has been completed 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

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7,823 students, 1,886 PhD students and 5,100 employees. The faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. 
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.


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.


Lea Haarup Gregersen


Application deadline: 02-04-2023
Employment start: 01-08-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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