PhD fellow in molecular biology

The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen, is offering a PhD scholarship in the field of post-transcriptional gene regulation in plants. The expected starting date is 1 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Description of the scientific environment

The Department of Biology undertakes teaching and research within a wide spectrum of biological disciplines. The host lab is part of the Section for Computational and RNA Biology that houses nine research groups with diverse interests of which five have a main focus on gene expression research through the use of combined experimental and computational approaches.


Project description
The project aims to decipher the molecular mechanisms by which N6-methyladenosine-binding proteins of the YTHDF family regulate genes in plants. The host lab is leading in this field, and has set up a series of powerful genetic and biochemical systems suitable for the functional characterization of YTHDF-family proteins in Arabidopsis (Arribas-Hernández et al., 2018, Plant Cell 30, 952-967; Arribas-Hernández et al., 2020, Development: doi: 10.1242/dev.189134 Published 1 July 2020). The project will employ a mix of experimental approaches, including immunoprecipitation-mass spectrometry screens, forward genetic screening, CRISPR-Cas genome engineering, and high-throughput-sequencing-based methods for characterization of protein-mRNA binding in vivo.


Principal supervisor is Professor Peter Brodersen, Department of Biology, E-mail , Direct Phone: 0045 35322031


Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:


  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad


Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or similar, and must have obtained good results during their studies. Since you will be part of an international research environment, very good skills in written and spoken English are necessary. Prior experience with work on Arabidopsis as a model system is an advantage, but not a formal requirement.


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 Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.


The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


Application Procedure

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


Please include

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)


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


The application deadline is 9 August 2020, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the application deadline, applicants are select for assessment based on the advice of the Interview Committee. An assessment committee will then be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at



For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor, preferably by email.


General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at



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.


Peter Brodersen


Application deadline: 09-08-2020
Employment start: 01-10-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Biology

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