Postdoc position at the Section of Forensic Chemistry (RKA), Department of Forensic Medicine

A postdoc position at the Section of Forensic Chemistry (RKA), Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, is available from August 1th, 2023. The position is for two years.

RKA performs forensic chemistry investigations for the eastern part of Denmark, though alcohol in the traffic is for the whole country. RKA conducts applied research and development projects in cooperation with other laboratories within Denmark and abroad and teaches forensic chemistry at pre-and postgraduate courses.

RKA has a number of applied forensic chemistry projects running, e.g. in vitro metabolism studies on new psychoactive substances (NPS), screening development by LC-high-resolution-MS, metabolomics, measurement in alternative matrices, and epidemiological studies.

The laboratory is well-equipped with LC-MS/MS and LC-HRMS instruments and robotics instruments for automated sample preparation. There is also a lab-unit for handling of cells, e.g. hepatocytes. The laboratory is accredited according to ISO17025.   

Further information about RKA can be obtained from the homepage of the Department of Forensic Medicine at  

Job description 

  • The postdoc will have a research and development project concerning data handling with regard to metabolomics and screening development by LC-high-resolution-MS. 

  • The postdoc will take part in the supervision of PhD, master, and bachelor students at RKA. 

  • Important aspects will also be fund-raising and presentations of the activities of RKA in both scientific and more popular contexts. 


  • The applicant is expected to have a master's degree and a PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, or similar.

  • The applicant is supposed to be a highly motivated and interacting person, who is willing to share knowledge and expertise with the other members of our research group, and generally be a contributing member of the research group.

  • The candidate is expected to have prior experience with LC-MS, preferably LC-HRMS including LC-HRMS data analysis. Experience with data analysis is general-purpose programming languages such as R or Python is an advantage. Previous experience in the development of grant applications and/or obtaining ethical approval of research projects is also recognized.

Terms of employment 

The appointment is for two years and can begin August 1th, 2023 or thereafter. The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

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 36,000 DKK/approx. 4,800 EUR (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 regarding the position, please contact Professor Kristian Linnet   

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:

  • Letter with motivation for the application (max. one page) 

  • Curriculum vitae, incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position 

  • Certified copies of university exams, Master of Science and PhD certificates. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor is needed 

  • Transcript of university exams into English, if not written in English, Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish. 

  • A description of previous scientific work (max. 2 pages) 

  • A research plan 

  • List of publications 

  • Contact details of two persons for references. 

Please submit your application no later than 8 June 2023, 23.59pm 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. 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 University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.


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.


Kristian Linnet


Application deadline: 08-06-2023
Employment start: 01-08-2023
Department/Location: Retsmedicinsk Institut

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