A Postdoc Position in the Mechanics of Tissue Homeostasis at reNEW

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW) at Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen is looking for a Postdoc candidate to join the Sedzinski group starting mid/late 2023 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

The Center
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine, reNEW has its Hub at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) as well as nodes at UCPH, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Leiden University Medical Center. Researchers within reNEW addresses fundamental questions in stem cell and developmental biology and will pivot research findings to clinical outcomes and products.

Our research
A Postdoc position for 3 years is available in the group of Jakub Sedzinski at reNEW. The team studies the general principles underlying epithelial homeostasis. Particularly, the team wants to determine both the mechanics and molecular regulation of the mucociliary epithelial cell development and renewal from stem cells hoping to provide new insights into treatment of epithelial pathologies associated with defective tissue homeostasis, such as asthma, colitis, and most common epithelial tumors, or carcinomas.

The team utilizes Xenopus (frog) embryos as a model system and the state-of-the-art quantitative image processing and multiomics techniques. This project will combine quantitative live-cell imaging of developing frog embryos, molecular and mechanical perturbations and computational analyses of time-series and sequencing data. Starting date for this position is the 1st of October 2023, or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

Job description:
We are seeking an enthusiastic and outstanding candidate with a background in cell and tissue mechanics. The candidate will implement cutting-edge quantitative imaging methods, multiomics techniques and tissue engineering to unravel how cell and tissue mechanics regulates the mucociliary epithelial cell development and renewal.


  • A PhD degree in life sciences or equivalent
  • Documented hands-on experience with Xenopus embryos, quantitative image processing and data analysis would be extremely valuable.
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken.
  • Highly motivated and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • A solution-oriented, organizational and positive mindset is required. The ability to work in a highly collaborative international environment both independently and as part of the team is essential.

We offer: 

  • A stimulating, challenging and multifaceted research environment
  • A supportive team to work and collaborate with
  • A combination of exciting projects and state-of-the-art technologies to expand your horizons.
  • Possibilities for continued education and training.
  • Attractive employment conditions for 3 years with the possibility of extension.
  • Centrally located workplace.  

Terms of salary, work, and employment:
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 organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,000 DKK/approx. 4,700 EUR (October 2021 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.

We encourage all - regardless of their personal background and status - to apply.

The application must include:

  1. Motivation letter
  2. Curriculum vitae incl. education, experience, previous employments, language skills and other relevant skills
  3. List of three references (full address, incl. email and phone number)
  4. 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.

For further information contact Associate Professor Jakub Sedzinski, jakub.sedzinski@sund.ku.dk
Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: 
www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility) and www.workingconditions.ku.dk.

How to apply
Your online application must be submitted in English, by clicking on “Apply online” below. The closing date for applications is 1st of August 2023.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Only applications received in time and consisting of the above listed documents will be considered.

Applications and/or any material received after deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Assessment procedure
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.

Application deadline: 1st of August 2023

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Application deadline: 01-08-2023
Employment start: 01-10-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: reNEW NNF Center for Stem Cell Medicine

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