Post Doc in Structure and Function of Chemokine Receptors

University of Copenhagen Department of Biomedical Sciences


Postdoc in Structure and Function of Chemokine Receptors at the Department of Biomedical Sciences

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher with a strong interest in membrane protein structure and function for a postdoctoral position to commence on September 1st 2020 or after agreement.  

The Department of Biomedical Sciences (BMI) is an interdisciplinary department with research groups focused on topics spanning from basic to translational science. The Gustavsson group is one of multiple groups at the Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology studying G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs).

Information on the department can be found at:

Our research

The focus of the group is to understand the molecular level structure and dynamics of GPCRs and couple that knowledge to biological function. GPCRs are cell membrane spanning proteins that are involved in numerous physiological and pathophysiological processes and account for over 30% of targets for currently approved drugs.

Your job

Chemokines are small soluble proteins that drive cell migration through binding to G protein-coupled chemokine receptors in the cell membrane. This activates intracellular signaling pathways and is a fundamental process involved in numerous physiological and pathophysiological functions. The project aims to characterize and understand novel mechanisms of chemokine receptor regulation at a molecular level. You will use a combination of structural biology and biochemical, biophysical and pharmacological methods to study the interactions between chemokine receptors and regulatory proteins.


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

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in Structural Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics or similar
  • You are experienced in protein expression and purification, preferably involving membrane proteins
  • You have an active interest in structure and function of G protein-coupled receptors
  • You have good communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience with structural biology methods (cryo-EM, x-ray crystallography) for protein characterization
  • Knowledge of GPCR structure, signalling and pharmacology
  • Experience with culturing of eukaryotic cells for protein expression
  • Experience/knowledge in/of XX

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and access to state-of-the-art equipment.

Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is September 1, 2020 or after agreement.

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 “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of 2020.


For further information please contact Assistant Professor Martin Gustavsson;;

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

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:  17 May 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.

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