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University of Copenhagen PhD Studentships in Genome Instability, Denmark

Publish Date: Mar 21, 2016

Deadline: Mar 29, 2016

University of Copenhagen PhD Studentships in Genome Instability

The University of Copenhagen, The Scheibye-Knudsen lab, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (ICMM), invites applications for a three-year PhD fellowship from candidates who hold a relevant Master degree or its equivalent. Previous research experience is welcome. The successful candidate will work on her/his own project in collaboration with other members of the team. 

The position is available from May 1st 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Brief project description

Aging remains the greatest risk factor for most chronic diseases and poses a major and growing socioeconomic burden on society. Persistent DNA damage has been proposed to be a driver of aging suggesting that some types of DNA damage are irreparable. This project aims at further characterizing age associated persistent DNA damage and to develop novel recombinant DNA repair factors able to resolve persistent DNA damage and thereby attenuate aging. Methodologically that will be done include mass spectrometry and standard mammalian cloning techniques. The model system will be primary and immortalized cell cultures with the prospect of expanding into animal models. The possible impact is to be able to modulate the process of aging in vitro andin vivo.

Excellent English speaking, reading and writing skills are required.

The work will be supervised by Morten Scheibye-Knudsen

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 programmes, 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. You can read more at

Terms of employment

The successful PhD candidate will be offered a full-time position for a period of three years, contingent on a satisfactory performance, with the specific intent that it results in a PhD degree and scientific publications. The candidate should expect to spend the first 2 month of his/her employment period at the National Institute on Aging, NIH in USA and to start working at University of Copenhagen in Denmark in the summer or fall 2016. The exact period will be agreed upon at the time of employment. The position is thereby contingent upon approval from both the University of Copenhagen and the National Institute on Aging.

It is a prerequisite for the appointment as a PhD fellow that the person concerned can be registered as a PhD fellow according to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Executive Order no 18 of 14. January 2008. Information about the PhD programs at the Faculty of Health Science can be found at

Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organization.

How to apply

Applications must be written in English and include (i) a motivation for the application (up to 1 A4 page), (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) list of publications, (iv) a copy of MSc diploma and grade transcripts, (v) a short review of scientific research conducted previously for an MSc thesis or equivalent, and (vi) the names, e-mails, telephone numbers and addresses of 2-3 referees.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and 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 University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background. 

The deadline for applications is March 29, 2016. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

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Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. With 37,000 students and 9,000 employees, it is among the largest universities in Scandinavia and one of the highest ranking in Europe. The University consists of six faculties, which cover Health and Medical Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science, Social Sciences and Theology.


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