Postdoc in Functional analysis of glycoproteins and glycosaminoglycans at Copenhagen Center for Glycomics (CCG) at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM)

We are offering one or more post doc positions at the Copenhagen Center for Glycomics (CCG) commencing from 1 January 2023 or later in 2023.

Our research
Copenhagen Center for Glycomics (CCG) is composed of 5 research groups and hosts about 10 post docs and 15 PhD students in addition to Master students and guest researchers. CCG strives be a leader in glycosciences in pioneering transformation of the field towards wider integration into mainstream cell biology by developing experimental strategies, informatics approaches, and sustainable resources amenable not only to experts. We aim to facilitate discovery of diseases caused by altered glycosylation, develop new diagnostic and therapeutic tools, and identify new ways to design and produce improved glycoprotein drugs.

CCG is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and training Center located on the 10th floor of the new Mærsk Tower science building within the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM). CCG has state-of-the-art facilities for mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, cell engineering, and glycan arrays, and group leaders hold diverse expertise in all areas of glycosciences.

Our core valuables include glycoproteome data and bioinformatics tools, validated gene editing tools, glycoengineered cell libraries, and design matrices for recombinant production of glycotherapeutics. CCG hosts an international seminar series, PhD courses in glycobiology and gene editing, and participates in ICMMs education program. CCG also houses a spin-out (GlycoDisplay ApS) dedicated to developing improved glycoprotein drugs.

One or more post doc positions are available within the following research programs at CCG in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM):

1) Discovery, regulation, and biological functions of protein O-mannose (O-Man) glycosylation in health and disease:

Group leader is Associate professor Adnan Halim; e-mail: halim@sund.ku.dk.
More information at https://glycomics.ku.dk/ and https://icmm.ku.dk/english/research-groups/halim-group/.

2) Biosynthesis, structure, and biological functions of glycosaminoglycans in health and disease with emphasis on technology development and glycosaminoglycan biotherapeutics.

Group leader is Associate professor Rebecca Miller; e-mail: rmiller@sund.ku.dk.
More information at https://icmm.ku.dk/english/research-groups/.

3) Discovery and biological functions of protein O-glycosylation (GalNAc-type) with focus on identification of specific molecular functions that impact human physiology and common diseases and dispositions to disease.

Group leader is Associate professor Katrine Schjoldager; e-mail: schjoldager@sund.ku.dk.
More information at https://icmm.ku.dk/english/research-groups/schjoldager-group/.

Start:            1 January 2023 or later in 2023

Duration:      2 years

Job description
The successful candidate will conduct independent research related to the topics above at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM). We expect the candidate to engage in an active research environment and take part in student guidance.

Profile
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

  • You have a PhD in glycobiology, molecular biology, structural biology, physics, engineering, or related areas.
  • Previous scientific publications in peer reviewed journals.

Other important criteria are:

  • You possess significant research experience in mammalian cell culture, CRISPR/Cas9 based genome editing, mass spectrometry, chromatography, immunohistochemistry, structural analysis, informatics, engineering, or physics.
  • You have a curious mindset and an active interest in glycosylation and cell biology.
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams.
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken.

Applicants should be highly organized and motivated to carry out research related to the topics described above. Candidates with prior experience in glycobiology, cell biology, structural biology, physics, engineering, interactomics and/or quantitative proteomics will receive advantaged consideration.

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 Centers as well as several 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 https://icmm.ku.dk/english/.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week. The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 2 years.

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 another relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary for a postdoctoral researcher starts at DKK 35,728 / approx. EUR 4,763 (October 2022/-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.

Questions
For further information please contact the hiring group leaders mentioned above.

Foreign applicants may find these links useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility) and www.workindenmark.dk.

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) if applicable a Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
  4. List of publications.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 16 October 2022, 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 above-mentioned 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. 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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

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 8,000 students, 1,790 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.

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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.

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Application deadline: 16-10-2022
Employment start: 01-01-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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