Postdoc Fellowship in Mouse Models / Cellular Stress Signaling

University of Copenhagen Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine


Postdoc fellowship in Mouse Models / Cellular Stress Signaling in the Bekker-Jensen laboratory at Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

A postdoctoral position is available in the Bekker-Jensen lab at Center for Healthy Aging at The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM). The ERC funded position is fixed termed for 2 years with the possibility of extension and is available from 1 September 2020 or upon agreement.

Job description

To protect against harmful environmental effects, all organisms have developed elaborate stress-surveillance and -response mechanisms. Cellular stress responses culminate in the activation of MAP kinase (p38 and JNK) signaling pathways that allow for adaptation and ultimately restoration of cellular and organismal homeostasis.

The overarching aims of both my research group as a whole and my recently obtained ERC Consolidator Grant is to uncover the molecular details of these pathways, and to understand their physiological and pathological implications in animal models. Such work is expected to uncover novel insights into the all-important mechanisms of cellular maintenance and adaptation, which may ultimately be exploited therapeutically to combat a range of diseases.

Starting at the cellular level, we have recently made several exciting discoveries related to the molecular signals and upstream regulators that govern stress-induced MAP kinase activation. We are moving towards studies of how these pathways impact on the fitness and disease susceptibility of whole organisms. To this end, we have generated and rudimentarily characterized a number of mouse knockout lines. These will be subjected to both basic characterization and a range of disease-relevant interventions.

The lab is thus in need of a skilled professional to work in the interphase between advanced cell culture and experimental mouse models. The precise contents of the postdoc project will be defined through discussions with the selected candidate.

The University of Copenhagen encourages career development of its postdoctoral fellows and the position carries an obligation to conduct some undergraduate teaching and associated examinations within the Medical School.

Scientific environment

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM) offers an ambitious scientific environment, with many different nationalities represented. ICMM aims to produce research with high international impact focusing on the functional cell, its genetic components and molecular cellular mechanisms in a medical context. ICMM currently comprises five research programs, three high profile Research Centers as well as a number of international research groups. The scientists at ICMM are involved in high quality research based undergraduate and graduate teaching programs at the University of Copenhagen.

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Required qualifications

Highly motivated and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications:

  • A PhD degree within biomedical science or equivalent relevant discipline.
  • A solid scientific track record within basic biology and/or experimental animal work.
  • Experience with mouse models of cancer, pathology of kidney, heart and/or other organs will be considered a distinct advantage, but is not a prerequisite.
  • Proven ability to present and publish research data.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both oral and written.

In all cases, the ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration, and thus the University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background. 

Terms of salary and employment

The terms of employment are set according to the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations or other relevant professional organization.
The position is for two years and the working hours are 37 hours per week. Currently, the monthly salary starts at DKK 34,654 / approx. EUR 4,620 (April 2020 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 for the last 10 years.

Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: International Staff Mobility ( and


For further information about the position, please contact Professor Simon Bekker-Jensen by e-mail: or phone +45 2020 4993.

Application procedure

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application should be in English and must include the following documents in PDF format

  1. Motivated letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A list of publications, overview of laboratory techniques mastered, a report on previous research undertaken
  4. Names, addresses and contact details of 3 referees
  5. Diplomas – all relevant certificates.

Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the Assessment Committee requires further documentation.

Application deadline: Sunday 28 June 2020, 23:59 p.m. CET.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not fulfil the abovementioned requirements.

Recruitment 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.

The assessor 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. 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.

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

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7,500 students, 1,500 PhD students and 3,200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.


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.


Simon Holst Bekker-Jensen


Application deadline: 28-06-2020
Employment start: 01-09-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

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