A postdoc in Secondary cell wall formation and regulation

PLEN (Section of Plant Glycobiology) and NBI, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a Postdoc position. The postdoc position will be associated with the Plant Cellulose/Cell Biology research group (Prof. Staffan Persson) at the Glycobiology Section, PLEN. The work aims to investigate how secondary walls are formed. The research will range from molecular biology and advanced cell biology. In particular, the candidate will work with a range of microscopy-based tools, from state-of-the-art confocal microsocpes to super-resolution microscopy.

The successful candidate will work in a highly cross-disciplinary team that includes the full range of computational biology, microscopy, molecular biology and biochemistry (approx 20 people). For the position, it is expected that you have a strong background in cell biology and microscopy, with experiences in super-resolution microscopy with a strong publication record. The successful candidate will be part of an exciting team to understand mechanisms that underpin secondary cell wall formation focusing on certain cell wall polymers, and in cytoskeletal arrangements and functions. You will also be expected to engage in teaching, supervision of students and lab technicians, as well as actively apply for funding.

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD degree in Cell and molecular biology.
  • Practical experience in advanced microsocpy, super-resolution microscopy, cloning and plant growth experiences.
  • Excellent English communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Professional qualifications relevant for the position.
  • Publications.
  • Relevant work experiences.
  • Language skills.
  • Creative thinking.

Copenhagen is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, and the appointee can get extensive help from the International Mobility Center (https://ism.ku.dk/) for relocation purposes. The applicants are also encouraged to look into the Danish research salary & tax system.

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Staffan Persson email: staffan.persson@plen.ku.dk).

The position is to be filled by 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

Terms of employment
Employment period is 2 years.

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

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance 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

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 22 April 2024, 23:59 GMT +2.

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 https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews will be held in 2nd half of May 2024.


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.


Staffan Persson


Application deadline: 22-04-2024
Employment start: 01-09-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
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