Post Doc in Disease Biomarkers

University of Copenhagen


Post doc position in Disease-Biomarkers

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 21 months postdoc position commencing 1 June 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post doc will be focused on the research project “ Discovering fecal microRNA expression profiles as biomarkers of gastro-intestinal cancer in dogs and cats” which is supported by The Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Description of the scientific environment

Our research group is part of the Section of Animal Genetics, Bioinformatics and Breeding. One of the focus areas of our research is to identify biomarkers that can be used for clinical diagnostics of diseases in dogs and cats. Our group has a broad research network both nationally and internationally. The postdoc will be collaborating with researchers at Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

Your job

You would be involved in a research project investigating differential levels of microRNAs in feces, serum and intestinal tissues from healthy dogs and cats and from canine and feline patients affected with inflammatory bowel disease or gastrointestinal cancer. Your tasks would be to perform bioinformatic analysis of small RNA seq data and to perform qPCR to confirm the candidates found. The project is expected to result in the establishment of a fecal/serum miRNA panel that can be included in the diagnostic workup for gastrointestinal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease in dogs and cats.


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

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in a medical or biological field
  • You have basic competences in Linux, python, R or similar
  • You have laboratory skills with respect to RNA isolation and qPCR
  • You have an active interest in disease biology
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable skills:

  • Knowledge in genetics
  • Competences in analysis of Next generation sequencing technologies
  • Curious mind-set with strong interest in the field of Biomarkers and microRNAs

Place of employment

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating work conditions in an international research environment with many local and international partners in the project. Our research facility includes modern laboratories and state of the art equipment for the feasibility of the project.

Terms of employment

The employment as Postdoc is full time and for 21 months. Starting date is 1 June 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 33,600 DKK/ approx. 4,480 Euro (April 2018-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Ministerial Order on the Job Structure of Academic Staff at Universities of 11 December 2019.


Associate professor Susanna Cirera, Department of Veterinary and Animal Science, mail:

Application procedure

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications.

Application deadline: 15 March 2020, 23.59pm 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 further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in week 17

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


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.


Susanna Cirera


Application deadline: 15-03-2020
Employment start: 01-06-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Veterinær- og Husdyrvidenskab

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