Advancing Epigenetics Towards Systems Biology

PhD Fellowship in Chromatin regulation, Stem cells and Cancer biology

Helin Group, BRIC University of Copenhagen

Description

The Helin lab is looking for an ambitious candidate to join the lab for a PhD fellowship within the field of chromatin regulation in stem cells and cancer.

The group and our research
Research in the Helin lab is focused on identifying novel mechanisms and genes involved in the development of human cancer. The lab has made several outstanding contributions to the fields of epigenetics, stem cells and cancer biology. Current work is focused on understanding the biological function of proteins involved in regulation of histone and DNA methylation and how they contribute to cancer. Moreover, the group has developed several cancer-relevant mouse and cellular models that are used both for the understanding of the role of specific proteins in cancer and for the identification of potential targets for the development of novel anti-cancer therapies.

The group is using a wide range of different techniques and model systems to achieve these goals, including loss-of-function screenings, embryonic and adult stem cells, mouse genetics and sophisticated mouse models of human cancer.

Research Project
The selected candidate will participate in defining the research topic and experimental design within the focus areas of the Helin group.

Start: June 2018 or after agreement.
Duration: 3 years as a PhD student + 3 months as research assistant for enrolment

Place of employment
The employment and place of work is at BRIC, University of Copenhagen. BRIC is located close to the centre of Copenhagen, in the Copenhagen Biocenter. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories, a number of cutting-edge core facilities shared between the 23 research groups at BRIC and the neighboring Finsen Laboratory and a well-functioning administrative and technical support. The Helin group has weekly journal clubs, data clubs and BRIC has weekly internal seminars as well as seminars with invited speakers and a young researchers club ASAP. The selected candidate will be enrolled at the PhD school at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and be part of our own PhD program, MoMeD (http://momed.ku.dk/). BRIC actively participates in the European alliance, EU-life consisting of 13 excellent life science research institutions. More information about BRIC and the Helin Group can be found on www.bric.ku.dk .

Terms of salary and employment
The appointment as a PhD fellow is for 3 years. It is conditioned upon the candidate’s successful enrolment in the PhD school at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the candidate during an initial three-month employment as a research assistant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the University’s rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree¬ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 26.455 DKK (ca. 3.527 EUR) plus pension.

Qualifications

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate with the following qualifications:

  • A Master of Science in biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedicine or similar
    • Experience with experimental design, practical laboratory work, data analysis and presentation of obtained data
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in molecular disease biology
  • Excellent communication skills in English

To be considered for the position as PhD fellow, it is a condition that your Master of Science degree is considered to be equivalent to a Danish Master of Science). For further information regarding the position, please contact Professor Kristian Helin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Application details

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below or via BRIC’s website on http://www.bric.ku.dk/jobs/ . The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. A certified/signed copy of Master of Science certificate. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do
  4. Publication list (if possible)

Letters of recommendation
Furthermore, the applicant should provide one-two letters of recommendation. To be taken into consideration, the letter must be signed by the supporting person on paper with institutional letter head and in PDF-format. The letters should be sent directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the supporting person before the application deadline with subject “name candidate-Helin-PhD-March2018” Please make sure that an easy match between the recommendation letter and the individual applicant is possible.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications or letters of recommendation that do not live up to the above-mentioned requirements.

The further process
Shortlist: After expiry of the application deadline, the superior with power to appoint selects a number of applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. Applicants who were not passed for assessment should not expect further with regard to their application unless the shortlist is revised.

Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministry Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities 2012 and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

You can read about the recruitment process

BRIC and University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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.

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Relevant web link: http://www.bric.ku.dk/

Starting date: 1st June 2018
Deadline for applications: 4th March 2018