Postdoc at DanStem

Danish Stem Cell Center (DanStem), University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Hovedstaden (DK)
June 26 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Danish Stem Cell Center (DanStem) at Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join the Ferretti Group starting August 2017 or upon agreement.     We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious candidate join the research activities within our stem cell and developmental biology projects.  

About us
DanStem comprises of two sections: The Novo Nordisk Foundation Section for Basic Stem Cell Biology that addresses basic research questions in stem cell and developmental biology (BasicStem). The Strategic Translational Stem Cell Research and Therapy (TransStem) Section that is focused on the translation of promising basic research results into new strategies and therapies to combat cancer and chronic diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver failure. Find more information about the Center at  

Job description  
Using in vitro and in vivo models, we investigate how transcription factors and signaling pathways interact to define mesodermal cell fate in the early mouse embryo and thereby develop tools for maximizing protocols of stem cells differentiation. Specifically, we intend to dissect the mechanisms by which epiblast cells commit to different types of mesoderm progenitors. We intend of performing a high-throughput screen to identify transcription factors controlling the specification of different mesoderm populations.   A strong background in gene regulation, early mouse development and stem cell biology will be considered of particular relevance. Experience in bio-informatics would enhance the relevance of the candidate.    


  • Candidates must hold a PhD degree in bioinformatics, genetics, stem cell biology, developmental biology, or bioengineering or in a relevant similar field.
  • An excellent publication record is required.  
  • Experience with mouse/human ES cell culture will be an advantage.
  • An analytical aptitude and experience with high throughput screens is recommended.
  • Previous experience in bioinformatics, analysis of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data is considered of great advantage.
  • Knowledge in one of the scripting languages (Perl, Python, Shell) is advised.
  • Good English communication skills, both oral and written, are prerequisite for the successful candidate.  

Terms of salary, work, and employment  
The employment is for 2,5 years and is scheduled to start August 2017 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate. The place of work is the DanStem, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3B, Copenhagen. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). In addition to the basic salary a monthly contribution to a pension fund is added (17.1% of the salary).    

Questions   For further information please contact Associate Professor Elisabetta Ferretti,      
International applicants may find the following links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and    

The application must include:  

  1. Motivated letter of application  
  2. Curriculum vitae incl. education, experience, previous employments, language skills and other relevant skills  
  3. Copy of diplomas/degree certificate(s)  
  4. Three reference letters  

How to apply  
Your application must be submitted in English by clicking “Apply online”. Only online applications will be accepted.    

The application will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 284 of 25 April 2008 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.    

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested in the position to apply.    

Application deadline: July 23rd 2017    

Only applications received in time and consisting of the above listed documents will be considered. Applications and/or any material received after deadline will not be taken into consideration    

Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. It is among the largest universities in Scandinavia and is one of the highest ranking in Europe. The University´s eight faculties include Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Theology.      



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