Senior consultant for Translational Cancer Oncology in Groth Group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

We are looking for a highly motivated Senior consultant to develop tailored translational strategies of our research in DNA damage and repair (DDR) area.

Our research
The focus of the Groth group at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR) is to elucidate how chromatin organization and function is propagated during mitotic cell division to maintain genome and epigenome stability.

Our goal is to understand how these mechanisms that underpin epigenetic cell memory impact on cell fate decision in development, cellular reprogramming and epigenetic changes that are prolific in cancer.

We take a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to break new grounds in this field. We have uncovered that new histones provide a signature for cells to identify sister chromatids and direct error-free repair of DNA lesions through a novel type of histone readers. This mechanism is now being explored for drug discovery to develop DNA repair inhibitors for cancer therapy in the spinout company, Ankrin Therapeutics.

Your job
You will be part of our efforts to translate our research in DDR area into innovative precision oncology. You will design and develop tailored translational strategies that would enable thorough testing the efficiency and specificity of candidate molecules in diverse in vivo and pre-clinical cancer models, including devising a plan for clinical samples analyses and future patient’s stratification. You will work closely with both Groth group members and Ankrin Therapeutics staff.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person with the following competencies and experience:

Specific requirements:

  • A PhD in Life science.
  • Experience working within the field of Translational Oncology, Genome instability, Cancer Genomics and Proteomics.
  • Project management skills and demonstrated abilities to interact with academic and industrial collaborators, and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience with oncology data mining and molecular profiling.
  • Knowledge of cancer models.
  • Understanding of drug development processes.

You are also expected to have the following personal qualifications:

  • Good inter-personal communication skills.
  • Good English skills, written and spoken.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR), University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and core facilities.

Terms of salary and employment
The employment as a Senior consultant (Specialkonsulent) (AC-TAP) is a part-time (3 days/week) and fixed-term position for 2 years and 4 months. Starting date is 1 September 2020.

Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

The monthly salary will be based on the number of years of relevant work experience (seniority) with the possibility to negotiate a salary supplement based on prior experiences and qualifications. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Your application should be in English and include:

  1. Letter of application addressing the requirements (max. one page).
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A certified/signed copy of certificate(s) of education.

Please submit your application by clicking on 'Apply now' below.

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.

Application deadline: Thursday 9 July 2020, 23:59 p.m. CET.

For further information regarding the position, please contact Prof. Anja Groth by e-mail;

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7800 students, 1550 PhD students and 4400 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.


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.


Application deadline: 09-07-2020
Employment start: 01-09-2020
Department/Location: Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

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