The Division of Cell
and Gene Therapy of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine (CTN) is looking
for an experienced and highly motivated Lab Manager. We are looking for a
mature, well-organized individual who is both independent and pro-active, and who
can provide close support to both students and junior researchers in the Center.
The successful candidate must be both interested and academically engaged in
neuroscience, and share our passion for its potential clinical application.
Our research team
Center for Translational Neuromedicine is part of the
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and is
located in the Panum Institute. For more information, visit https://ctn.ku.dk/
This position offers
the opportunity to work in a collaborative multi-disciplinary team engaged in
translational stem cell research. Our efforts are focused on understanding the
mechanisms involved in the genesis or progression of several neurological and
neuropsychiatric disorders (Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia, ALS-FTD and the
childhood leukodystrophies). In particular, we are interested in defining the differences
in the dynamic regulation of genes and signaling pathways in glial precursor
cells, as a way to identify novel therapeutic targets and develop alternative
strategies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the
daily supervision of students and researchers, and run and organize our lab to
have it work optimal. The ideal candidate has experience from running a lab on
a daily basis, and has a flair for organizing and structuring a lab and work processes
according to protocols. Since projects are constantly developing, you must see
the opportunities in a lab where most days have new and sometimes unexpected
challenges. You must be pro-active and have an eye for problem-solving.
The lab manager will be
working in a highly multidisciplinary setting, with staff using advanced
methods such as stem cell preparation and differentiation, flow cytometry and
fluorescence activated cell sorting, confocal microscopy, stereological
analysis and advanced imaging technologies, and molecular biological approaches
at the DNA, RNA and epigenetic levels, with associated bioinformatics. Some
familiarity with this broad scope of efforts is required.
- Serve as principal supervisor to laboratory staff when center director is traveling
- Assist students and researchers in setting up and designing their experiments
- Work with lab staff to ensure that equipment and instrument certifications are current
- Train incoming staff on proper equipment usage and protocols
- Maintain laboratory inventory databases for cells, viruses, antibodies and biological reagents
- Work with collaborators to send and receive reagents, and ensure material transfer agreements
- Ensure resource availability
- Ensure that the lab complies with KU and government regulations and develop/update the required protocols (work environment, chemical safety and labeling, GMO, animal research inspectorate, etc.)
- Assist researchers in preparing animal protocols
- Evaluate possible equipment purchases, obtain quotations and negotiate pricing for larger equipment and bulk orders
- PhD in neuroscience
- Documented work experience from high-quality academic or industrial laboratories
- Techniques: Significant expertise in least a few of the principal methodologies used in the Center
- Language: fluent in Danish and English (written and verbal)
- Good scientific writing in English
- Experience with writing protocols
- FELASA certificate for animal use
- Experience with laboratory organization
- Well-organized, independent and pro-active
- Mature and calm under pressure Occasional travel to the US – no more than twice yearly – should be expected
Employment will be in
accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Ministry
of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). According
to the collective agreement, a monthly pension contribution of 17.1% is added.
Employment level will be Senior Adviser (in Danish: specialkonsulent)
Working hours are
37 hours per week.
This is a permanent
position, after a probationary period.
candidate will report directly to Professor Steven Goldman.
Start date: After agreement.
Your application in
English must be submitted by clicking 'Apply now'.
applications will be accepted and must include:
- Curriculum vitae
- Motivated application
- Copy of relevant diplomas
- Names and contact information of 3 references, with associated letters of recommendation
24 February 2019