PhD Fellow in Biophysics

University of Copenhagen Faculty of Science

PhD fellow in Biophysics, The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen 

PhD fellow in Biophysics, The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering 2 PhD scholarships in Biophysics commencing 01.07.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The PhD positions are open in the experimental group of Liselotte Jauffred at the Niels Bohr Institute. The research activities will focus on evolutionary dynamics in bacterial colonies, and it will be carried out in the Experimental Biophysics Lab in collaboration with the Center for Models of Life.

The Experimental Biophysics Lab
includes experts in biofotonics, force-transduction and microscopists and is equipped with a variety of instruments for imaging, e.g., super-resolution, light-sheet, and confocal microscopy, as well as force-spectroscopy and microbiology labs. Further information can be found at

The Center for Models of Life consists of researchers that use methods from physics to develop an understanding of living systems, from modelling of gene regulation to dynamics of self-organization. Information about CMoL can be found at

Project description

The two positions (i-ii) are funded by i) DFF Research Leader grant “How self-organization promotes antibiotic resistance in 3D bacterial communities” and ii) Inge Lehmann grant “How biofilm organization affects horizontal gene transfer within bacterial communities”.

The applicant should have a MSc degree in Physics (or expect to defend her/his thesis in the next months). Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one of the following fields: biophysics, optics, mathematical modelling, or bioengineering.

Principal supervisor is Research Leader Liselotte Jauffred, The Niels Bohr Institute,, Direct Phone: +45 25721532.

Job description

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Physics, Engineering or Molecular Biology with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 330,817 (approx. €44,108) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 9 May 2021, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above-mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Assoc. Prof. Liselotte Jauffred,, Direct Phone: +54 25721532.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


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: 09-05-2021
Employment start: 01-07-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet