Postdoc Position in Biophysics

University of Copenhagen Niels Bohr Institute

Postdoc of Biophysics, The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

Postdoc of Biophysics, The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

A postdoc position is open in the experimental group of Liselotte Jauffred at the Niels Bohr Institute. The research activity 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 position is co-funded between the DFF Research Leader grant “
How self-organization promotes antibiotic resistance in 3D bacterial communities” and the Inge Lehmann grant “How biofilm organization affects horizontal gene transfer within bacterial communities”.

The applicant should have a PhD degree (or expect to defend her/his PhD thesis in the next months), with a strong background in at least one of the areas of optics, biophysics, bioengineering or mathematical modelling. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one of the following fields: models of microbial ecology or evolution, biofilm patterning, optical methods for 3D imaging, or bioengineering.

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

The postdoc’s duties will include research as well as supervision of students. The post may also include performance of other duties.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Jan Westenkær Thomsen.

The position is open from 1 August2021, but the starting date is flexible.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. The primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates is the excellence of their research.

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 up to DKK 437.435 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.801). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is the 1 June 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.

You can read about the recruitment process at


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Application deadline: 01-06-2021
Employment start: 01-08-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet