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Channel Function & BioPhysics PhD Fellowship @ Copenhagen University Denmark

Channel Function & BioPhysics PhD Fellowship @ Copenhagen University Denmark

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Channel Function & BioPhysics PhD Fellowship @ Copenhagen University Denmark

PhD fellowship in Ion Channel Function and Biophysics

Center for Biopharmaceuticals / Dept. of Drug Design and Pharmacology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND)
University of Copenhagen

Channel Function & BioPhysics PhD Fellowship @ Copenhagen University Denmark

The Center for Biopharmaceuticals (Dept. of Drug Design and Pharmacology) is offering a three-year PhD fellowship in ion channel function and biophysics. The PhD fellowship is financed by the Carlsberg Foundation. The fellowship is available from 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description

The PhD project will focus on sodium channels, which mediate sodium flux across membranes in response to binding of endogenous stimuli, such as membrane voltage or neurotransmitters. Sodium channels are widely expressed in humans and considered important therapeutic targets, as their dysfunction can result in various disorders. The technically challenging project will involve the use of unnatural amino acids in combination with electrophysiology to investigate sodium channel biophysics and function. Specifically, this will entail using genetically encoded unnatural amino acids and the use of high-resolution electrophysiological approaches, such as two-electrode voltage-clamp and patch-clamp to study basic aspects of sodium channel function.

Principal supervisor
Assoc. Prof. Stephan Pless, Center for Biopharmaceuticals, Dept. of Drug Design and Pharmacology.
E-mail: Stephan.pless@sund.ku.dk, direct phone: +45 2364 9066

Required qualifications

As an applicant you must have:
•Obtained a Master´s degree in a relevant subject area prior to the starting date
•Fluency in English and excellent communication skills

Preferred qualifications
We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a background in chemical biology (unnatural amino acids), molecular biology and electrophysiology, ideally with extensive practical experience in these areas at the MSc level. The applicant should also have a strong theoretical education in spectroscopy, biophysics and biochemistry.

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty are to:

  • Manage and carry out an independent research project under supervision
  • Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Participate in the undergraduate teaching of students in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings
  • Stay at an external research institution, preferably abroad

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project (preference will be given to applicants with practical experience in electrophysiology, unnatural amino acids, spectroscopy, biochemistry, chemical and molecular biology)
  • Previous publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • The grade point average achieved and relevant scholarships, stipends or awards
  • Relevant work experience, or other professional activities, including international experience
  • English language as well as interpersonal skills

Formal requirements

The successful applicant will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences according to the rules stipulated in the Ministerial order on the PhD program at the universities (PhD order) from the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Higher Education and the guidelines for the PhD programme at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

The PhD student is expected to be affiliated to the graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy.

Terms of employment

The position as a PhD fellow is available for a 3-year period.

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 organizations. The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.
Minimum monthly salary is DKK 25,579 (taxable) + pension contribution.

Application procedure

The application must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. Please note that only applications written in English and with all documents in PDF format will be considered.

Your application must include:

  • Cover letter: Letter stating the interest in and qualifications for the project (max. one page)
  • Full CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records: Master´s degree diploma (including grade transcripts for bachelor´s and master´s degrees). Applicants with a Master´s degree from abroad should also enclose a short description of the grading scale used
  • Possible publication list
  • Contact details for three referees or three letter of recommendations

The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

Channel Function & BioPhysics PhD Fellowship @ Copenhagen University Denmark

Deadline for applications
12 July 2017. Please note that only online applications will be accepted.
Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

Post application procedure

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 employment.ku.dk

The Appointments Committee consists of the supervision group and the Head of Department who is the authorized recruitment manager. The Expert Assessment Committee consists of the principal supervisor.

An answer as to the granting of the fellowship can be expected approx. 4 weeks after application deadline.

For further information, applicants may contact the supervisor or Administrator Marianne W. Jørgensen, e-mail: marianne.joergensen@sund.ku.dk, direct phone: +45 3533 6449.

For more information on working and living in Denmark visit ism.ku.dk (International staff mobility) and www.workindenmark.dk

Channel Function & BioPhysics PhD Fellowship @ Copenhagen University Denmark

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