Postdoc position in Clinical Proteomics at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

University of Copenhagen
Denmark (DK)
Agreement between the Danish Government and AC(the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations
April 05 2021
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We are looking for two excellent and highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to join our Deep Visual Proteomics team. Both positions are fully funded for initially two years starting Summer 2021 with a potential extension. The exact starting dates are flexible and can be negotiated.

Job description

The Clinical Proteomics group headed by Professor Matthias Mann is looking for two outstanding postdocs to develop and apply cutting-edge clinical mass spectrometry-based proteomics. You will utilize our recently developed Deep Visual Proteomics (DVP) concept, which will be combined with single-cell proteomics methodology The DVP pipeline is revolutionary in its promise of deciphering human disease at unprecedented resolution. By developing and implementing state-of-the-art high-resolution microscopy coupled to digital pathology workflows and ultra-high sensitivity proteomics, you will be working on patient material from clinical cohorts with the aim to improve our understanding of human disease and to discover biomarkers for personalized medicine.

Our research

The Mann Group is a diverse and interdisciplinary team of researchers, undertaking ambitious research projects involving mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics of archived tissue specimens for patient phenotyping at the protein level. Our team is led by Professor Matthias Mann who is one of the world’s most highly cited researchers with more than 260,000 citations and an h-index over 230 (Google Scholar). The laboratory of Professor Mann at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen works closely with Matthias Mann’s group at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich. The advertised positions are at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR), a world-leading protein research center, located at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. With multiple close collaborations to University Hospitals, the national Pathology Data Bank (Patobank) of Denmark (storing millions of well-annotated patient samples), as well as international collaborations, CPR is ideally positioned for translational clinical proteomics research.

Additional information about the Mann Group and additional information about Deep Visual Proteomics can be found here

Qualifications of the candidates

The candidates should have a deep knowledge and practical experience in MS-based proteomics or high-resolution microscopy paired with a passion for system biology approaches to profile health and (cancer) disease states. We are looking for excellent candidates with outstanding academic track-records, who have a strong desire to make a lasting impact in their field. Candidates for the postdoctoral positions must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) and are expected to have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their field of research (e.g. by first authorship in top-tier peer-reviewed international journals). If you would like to be part of this ambitious research team and have the desire to make an everlasting impact in this field, please write a one-page project proposal outlining how you would integrate the DVP technology to answer important biomedical questions, perhaps in the field of cancer. For more details see the section Application procedure, below.

Place of employment

The employment is at CPR, a Novo Nordisk Foundation center of excellence established in 2007 and embedded in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, to promote basic and applied research on human proteins of medical relevance. Copenhagen is a beautiful, accessible and vibrant city, consistently ranked as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. The Center comprises modern laboratories, supercomputer resources and state-of-the-art technological platforms including advanced protein imaging. CPR is an interdisciplinary international environment with English as the main language. We are located in central Copenhagen, a city with one of the highest qualities of life in the world and a vibrant and highly interactive research environment. The University of Copenhagen has a strong focus on balancing professional life with a family-friendly working environment Furthermore, Denmark as a country is constantly at the absolute top of the World Happiness Report rankings year after year

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is summer 2021, or after agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,600 DKK/ approx. 4,650 Euro (February 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark for the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of January 2020.

For further information please contact senior scientist Filip Mundt,   

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. Motivated letter of application with project proposal (in English, max one page) describing how you would apply or further develop Deep Visual Proteomics to make a significant impact on your field of research.
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
  3. 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.
  4. List of publications.

Application deadline:   13 of April 2021, 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 shortly after the application date.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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.

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