Postdoc in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia Drug Resistance Mechanisms

University of Copenhagen


Postdoc Position in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia Drug Resistance Mechanisms at Biotech Research and Innovation Centre

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We are offering a postdoc fellowship for studying drug resistance mechanisms in acute myeloid leukaemia in the Wennerberg group at BRIC, University of Copenhagen. The postdoc position is to commence on 1 May 2022 or as soon as possible hereafter. 

Information on BRIC and the Wennerberg group can be found at:

Our research

The Wennerberg group focuses on identifying new effective precision cancer therapies. This is done with a systems-driven approach where we combine chemical biology, phenotypic profiling, functional genomics, molecular profiling and informatics to gain understanding of individual cancers, their drug sensitivity and resistance mechanisms and how these may be targeted. Our ultimate goal is that our results will lay the foundation for new types of cures for individual and subsequently larger groups of cancer patients.

Your job

We are seeking a postdoc to study mechanisms of drug resistance in acute myeloid leukaemia. A particular focus will be studying drug resistance in cells from patients treated with the pro-apoptotic drug venetoclax. Using high throughput flow cytometry drug response profiling, phenotypic and biochemical analyses, molecular profiling, long-term cultures and animal models, you will explore drug resistance mechanisms and resistance-associated treatment vulnerabilities to identify new ways to treat venetoclax-resistant acute myeloid leukaemia. The ultimate goal is that these new therapeutic strategies will be validated in clinical trials. To accomplish this, you will be collaborating with other members of the Wennerberg group, technology experts, other research groups (both at BRIC and internationally) and local and Nordic clinical haematologists.


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

Essential experience and skills:

  • A PhD in Life Sciences or equivalent
  • An excellent research and publication track record
  • An analytical mindset and experience with handling large-scale complex datasets
  • Expertise in flow cytometry
  • A passion for translational haematology research
  • A team player with leadership skills
  • Proficient communication skills
  • Excellent English skills, written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Haematology research
  • Primary cell culture
  • Drug response and drug resistance studies
  • Chemical biology
  • Multi-omics research
  • Animal models

Place of employment

The place of employment is at BRIC, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and a number of core facilities shared between the 24 research groups at BRIC and the neighbouring Finsen Laboratory. We have weekly journal clubs, data clubs, seminars with invited speakers and a young researchers association, ASAP, our own PhD programme, MoMeD and our own Postdoc Career Programme. BRIC actively participates in the European alliance, EU-life consisting of 13 excellent life science research institutions

Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 3 years. Starting date is 1 May 2022 or after agreement.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,000 DKK/approx. 4,700 EUR (October 2021 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign 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 Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.


For further information please contact Krister Wennerberg;;

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. A letter of motivation (max. one page).
  2. Curriculum vitae incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. List of publications.
  4. 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.

Deadline for applications: 13 February 2022, 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 end of February 2022 in week 8 and 9.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply 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.


Krister Wennerberg


Application deadline: 13-02-2022
Employment start: 01-05-2022
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Biotech Research & Innovation Centre

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