University of Copenhagen PhD Scholarship in DNA Anaphase Bridges

The Section for Functional Genomics, University of Copenhagen is recruiting one PhD student for a 3 year project to work on DNA anaphase bridges and genome integrity in the research group of Michael Lisby. The Functional Genomics section employs around 45 researchers, and has much international collaboration with high-profile groups. The group is housed in the newly built Biocenter in central Copenhagen, Denmark.

A successful candidate will investigate DNA repair pathways in chicken DT40 cells using molecular genetics and cell biological approaches. The candidate will have responsibility for characterizing novel factors involved in maintaining genome integrity in animal cells.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with an MSc degree in molecular biology, biotechnology or equivalent. Previous experience with molecular and cell biology techniques such as mammalian cell culture, cancer biology, realtime RT-PCR, PCR, western blotting, siRNA transfection, cloning, fluorescence microscopy and immunostaining will be considered a plus. Fluency in spoken and written English is a strong requirement. The scholarship is open to both Danish and international applicants.

This PhD scholarship will be funded by a grant from the European Research Council.

An assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the applications. The final selection of a successful candidate will be made by Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the evaluation committee. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science, University of Copenhagen.

Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations (AC). The starting salary for candidates with an MSc degree will be a minimum of DKK 300.174 per year (April 2010 level) plus pension contribution DKK 41.013 and the possibility to negotiate wage.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
For further information on the project contact Associate professor Michael Lisby, e-mail

Applicants are requested to submit their application by filling in relevant parts of the form “Application for PhD scholarship and enrolment to the PhD School” at

The form, together with appendices requested in the form including a 3-4 page description of background and ideas about possible contributions to the project should be e‐mailed as a single PDF‐file to Please include in the subject field “your name -DNA anaphase bridges”. In addition, a signed hardcopy of the application must be posted to “Michael Lisby”, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Ole Maaløes Vej 5, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:00 noon Danish local time.

Applications received after the deadline, or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements, may not be considered. It is expected that the successful candidate will be enrolled at the PhD School of the Faculty of Science in January 2012.

Deadline: 20-12-2011
Publisher: Faculty of Science

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