Staff scientist (AC-TAP) for the LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center (SIC)

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent staff scientist to support our efforts in understanding the immunological basis of allergic disease, to commence 14 January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

 

Our research

The Coquet group is dedicated to understanding the basic functions of T helper cells in immunological disorders including allergies, autoimmune diseases and cancer. The group uses cutting-edge techniques including single RNA-Sequencing, gene-targeted mouse strains, human tissues from various disease settings and multiparameter flow cytometry to probe how T helper cells differentiate and elucidate factors that may prevent or exacerbate their differentiation. A particular focus over the last few years has been to understand how environmental factors including pollutants or microbes may impact on the quality of the T helper cell response and how these may impact on the incidence of allergic disorders. In the coming years, the group is looking to make inroads into understanding the genetics behind complex immunological disorders such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, with a particular focus on the genes driving T and B cell responses.

The group has a team-first mindset, and we pride ourselves on tackling important immunological problems. We often work in interdisciplinary projects, requiring a range of competencies and a good network of collaborators with complementary interests.

 

Your job

You will join a multi-disciplinary research team working on the role of T and B cells in complex immunological disorders.        

Your tasks will be varied depending on expertise and ambition. In the first year, a portion of tasks will relate to getting our new group up and running at SIC. This will involve tasks related to ordering of equipment and lab supplies, writing SOPs and risk assessments and formulating animal/human ethics (together with the group leader). Moreover, the development of new assays in the laboratory, which may include establishing spatial RNA-Sequencing techniques, the establishment of pipelines to amplify genetic loci from human material and subsequent computational analysis.

In addition, you will be expected to contribute to and support the ongoing research projects in the group on an ad hoc basis when needed; disseminate your expertise to new lab members and support the lab management.

 

Profile

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

Essential experience and skills

  • You have a PhD in Life sciences or related
  • You have documented experience in working with mice and/or human samples
  • You have an active interest in immunology and/or genetics
  • You have proven an ability to envision, plan and execute a research project 
  • You have an ability to work in a team environment
  • Good English skills, written and spoken

 

Desirable experience and skills

  • Experience and knowledge in animal models of disease including asthma, cancer, atopic dermatitis and general experience in mouse handling
  • A working understanding of RNA isolation, cDNA library amplification, next-generation Sequencing and standard sequencing platforms
  • An ability to work with small groups and within larger consortiums

 

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories on the 12th floor of the Mærsk Tower and access to state-of-the-art core facilities for flow cytometry, single cell sequencing, microscopy, animal facilities etc.

 

Terms of employment

The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 1 year. The starting date is 14 January 2022 or after agreement.

Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The monthly salary will be based on the number of years of 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.

 

Questions

For further information regarding the position, please contact sic@sund.ku.dk.

 

Application

Your application should in English include:

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

Please submit your application by clicking on “Apply Now” below. Only online applications will be accepted.

 

Application deadline: 16 October 2022, 23.59 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 University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

 

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Info

Application deadline: 16-10-2022
Employment start: 14-01-2023
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Immunology and Microbiology

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