Postdoctral Position in biological physics at the Niels Bohr Institute

University of Copenhagen, Niels Bohr Institute


Postdoctral Position in biological physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


We seek to recruit a postdoctoral researcher in biological physics to work on a project funded by a research grant (00028054) from VILLUM FONDEN entitled "Bacteria approaching zero growth: Continuous or Discontinuous Phase Transition?", led by Associate Professor Namiko Mitarai. The project aims to uncover the unexplored physiology of bacterial extremely slow growth and to understand its eventual universal properties both experimentally and theoretically.  


An exceptional candidate with experience with one or several of the following areas is desired: biological physics, statistical physics, quantitative biology, microbiology. The applicants should have received a recent Ph.D. in the above mentioned or related field by the start of the position. Relevant techniques include experimental microbiology and microscopy as well as computational and theoretical analysis of biological systems, dynamical systems, and stochastic models.


Job purpose:

Conducting research in biological physics, in the topic related to bacterial physiology. The research involves lab experiments and computational modeling.


The successful candidate is expected to contribute to our interdisciplinary environment of physicists and biologists engaged in understanding life phenomena, positively contribute to the atmosphere in our group and supervise students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.


What we offer: 

We offer a highly creative and exciting research atmosphere at the border between physics and biology. Copenhagen is a beautiful, family-friendly city with a large international community, a lively and diverse cultural scene, and a very high quality of life.


The group is part of the Center for Models of Life (CMoL) at the Niels Bohr Institute (URL: ). CMoL is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


For further information please contact Associate Professor Namiko Mitarai (, Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. 


The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Terms of employment

The position is for a period of 2 years. The starting date is 1 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.


Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.


The starting salary is currently up to DKK 426.625 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 72.952). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.


Please include

  • Curriculum vita

  • Diplomas (PhD degree; if PhD is pending, Master or equivalent degree)

  • Brief (up to 2 pages) statement of past research and future goals  

  • Complete publication list

  • Full contact details (name, affiliation, telephone & email) of 2-3 professional referees

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.


After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.


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