Post doctoral position in the field of small non-coding RNAs in plants

A 2-year post-doctoral position is available in Peter Brodersen’s laboratory, University of Copenhagen, to study the mechanisms underlying regulated degradation of specific microRNAs (miRNAs) in plants. The position is available from 1 March 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project uses  biochemical,  structural  and  genetic  methods  to  explore  the  conformations  of  the central  component  of  the  RNA  Induced  Silencing  Complex,  ARGONAUTE1,  that  facilitate  its degradation  in  a  manner  specific  to  its  bound  miRNA.  Our ongoing work  has  identified  sites  on ARGONAUTE1  as  well  as  specific  Hsp90  co-chaperones  that  are  likely  to  be  of  importance  for regulated miRNA degradation, and the project will use these pieces of information as starting points for  further  investigations.  We will also  attempt  to  identify  triggers  of  miRNA  degradation  using transcriptome-wide screening.

We are looking for a motivated researcher with

- a strong background in molecular biology, preferably with experience in plant molecular biology
- an interest in fundamental RNA biology

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a successful completion of PhD studies by a paper published in a respected international journal, or, as a minimum, deposited on a pre-print server such as BiorXiv.

For more information, please contact Prof Peter Brodersen, Email: (P.B.)

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • A cover letter outlining your experience and motivation to apply
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is Monday 5 December 2022, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at



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Application deadline: 05-12-2022
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biology

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