Saturday, 28 January 2012

Early Stage researcher/PhD fellow in Epigenetics and Genomic Imprinting at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

A 3-year position as an early stage researcher (ESR) is available for a highly motivated PhD fellow in the Helin group at BRIC, University of Copenhagen.

The ESR will work within the framework the Marie Curie Initial Training Network INGENIUM, providing state of the art training and networking opportunities. The INGENIUM ITN brings together leading European researchers from both public and private sectors to train young researchers in the field of epigenetics
associated with human disease.

The project
Our group is working in the field of epigenetics and cancer. The ERS will be part of a team focused on a) epigenetic reprogramming & mechanisms for establishment of genomic imprints in germ cells; and b) the role of histone methyltransferases and demethylases in the control of genomic imprinting.

The main aim of the project is to study mechanisms responsible for epigenetic marking of imprinted genes to understand the role of epigenetic mutations in human disease.The project will involve advanced approaches like high-throughput next generation sequencing as well as more standard biochemical and cell biology techniques.

Training will be provided in both research and complementary skills, including a range of cutting-edge methodologies. Extensive interactions among the 11 INGENIUM participants will take place through exchange visits, network meetings, conferences and laboratory courses. Competitive salary is offered.

Highly motivated candidates with a MSc in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Medicine or equivalent, and interest in epigenetics are encouraged to apply.

The ESR applicants may be of any nationality, but must not have resided in the country of the hosting institution (Denmark) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment, and should be fluent in English (spoken and written). Furthermore, they must be in the first 4 years of their research career and have a Master´s degree that is assessed equivalent to a Danish Master of Science by the Danish Agency for International Education at the time of recruitment.

Place of work
The employment is at BRIC, University of Copenhagen. BRIC is located close to the centre of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a young, dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and a number of core facilities shared between the 20 research groups at BRIC and the neighbor Finsen laboratory.

We have weekly journal clubs, data clubs and seminars with invited speakers. BRIC runs its own research program, MoMeD, and the successful applicant will be registered in the Graduate School of at the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Copenhagen. You can find more information about Helin Group, BRIC and MoMeD on

Salary and employment
The starting date be no later than September 1st, 2012, and duration of the contract is 36 months. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State and according to the Marie Curie Initial Training INGENIUM. Depending on seniority etc., the monthly salary begins around 25.000 DDK (ca. 3.350 Euro) plus pension without taxes.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with the ministerial orders from the Ministry of Education on the PhD degree and the University´s rules on achieving the degree.

Your application for must be submitted electronically by clicking "Apply online" below or via this advertisement found on The application must include the following documents/attachments:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
2. Curriculum vitae 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)

Furthermore, the applicant should provide two letters of recommendation sent directly to with subject "Hel-PhD-Jan2012" from the supporting persons before application deadline. Please make sure that an easy match between the recommendation letter and the individual applicant is possible.

In all future correspondence, please refer to "Hel-PhD-Jan2012".

Application deadline: January 31, 2012.

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

Apply online
Deadline: 31-01-2012
Publisher: Faculty of Science

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