Academic Position in Optical Bio-Manipulation

University of Copenhagen Niels Bohr Institute

Academic employee at the Center for Optical Bio-Manipulation, The Niels Bohr Insitute

The Center for Optical Bio-Manipulation (COBM) an interdisciplinary infrastructure center at the interface between physics and biology at the Niels Bohr Institute seeks an innovative candidate for a position as academic employee for a fixed-term position.

The position is scheduled to start 1 March 2021 and will be available for 5 years.

About COBM

Center for Optical-Biomanipulation is based on an interdisciplinary research infrastructure granted by the NOVO foundation. The goal of the center is to provide research groups in the Copenhagen area with the very best optical facility and expertise to carry out advanced optical manipulation experiments primarily within biosciences. The research infrastructure will be used by 10 research groups, but with five core user groups from the Faculty of Health at UCPH, the Danish Technical University,  the Danish Cancer Institute and from the  Department of Chemistry and  Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at UCPH. The current position will be affiliated to the latter group, an experimental biophysics group specialized in optical manipulation of biological structures headed by Associate Professor Poul Martin Bendix. Details about the research group can be found at

What we are looking for

We are looking for a talented, highly motivated and experienced person with strong technical and academic background with a PhD degree within physics/biophysics. The work tasks will include a variety of technical counselling tasks with people having an interdisciplinary background. The Center relies heavily on an updated and fully functional technical infrastructure like advanced superresolution microscopes whith integrated optics for optical manipulation and microfluidics. Your tasks include planning development and purchasing of equipment, including a number of different software tools which will be used at the Center. The job will involve planning and counselling the purchasing and development of a new equipment and be responsible for communication with technical companies. Your job will also include providing daily IT and technical counselling to the many users of the Center, maintaining online resources like booking system and backup systems and to organize educational workshops for the users.

It is desirable that the candidate has a strong technical and scientific background especially in optics. The ideal candidate is able to carry out counselling tasks. Additionally, the position requires comprehensive knowledge of software (e.g. Matlab, Python and Labview) used in treating typical data acquired in lifescience (long data series and 3D images).

To be considered for the position the successful candidate should possess excellent communication skills in English. As an academic employee, the candidate must in addition have relevant technical expertise and be able to advice the members of COBM in technical matters.

What we offer

We offer a highly creative and exciting environment at the vibrant border between physics and stem cell biology where you will have a central administrative role in supporting and facilitating the research functions in the Center.

The duties will include technical administrative work and counselling in close interaction with the employees affiliated with COBM, at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. 

COBMs is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age.

For further information, please contact Assoc. Prof. Poul Martin Bendix (, the Niels Bohr Institute, the Faculty of Science, the University of Copenhagen.

Terms of employment

The employment and salary is made in accordance with the Circular on the Collective Agreement concerning academics in the state sector concluded between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Employment will be as academic employee. The salary is based on seniority; negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Copenhagen is a beautiful, family-friendly city with a large international community, a lively and diverse cultural scene, and a very high quality of life. More on employment conditions:

Application and selection process

As part of the online application procedure candidates will be required to upload a CV with detailed information about their previous carrier and work, upload exam certificates, and upload a motivation letter explaining their qualifications and how they relate to COBM. After a first selection round, the candidates may be invited for an oral interview in Copenhagen.

Please include in your application:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diploma (PhD and  Master’s or equivalent)
  • Motivation letter

Please submit your application by clicking on “Apply Now” below. Only online applications will be accepted.

The deadline for applications is 1 February 2021, 23:59 GMT+1.


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.


Application deadline: 01-02-2021
Employment start: 01-03-2021
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet