Research Assistant in Chromosome Stability

University of Copenhagen Center for Chromosome Stability

Research Assistant in the Hickson Group at the DNRF Center for Chromosome Stability, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

The Hickson laboratory in the Center for Chromosome Stability (  at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine ( , University of Copenhagen, is seeking a Research Assistant. The CCS is a center of excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The successful applicant will join a group of ambitious and dedicated scientists studying the mechanisms by which chromosomal instability drives human disease.

Our group and research

The Hickson laboratory undertakes research projects aimed at understanding how human cells maintain a stable genome. As well as conventional protein biochemistry, the group utilizes optical tweezers coupled with fluorescence microscopy to study dynamic events during the manipulation of DNA structure by DNA translocases and topoisomerases.

Start date:                           15 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter

Duration:                              2 years
Weekly working hours:    37

The Department

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine focuses on basic cellular and molecular biological processes, their regulation and their significance for cell function, interaction and organisation in tissues. The Department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate teaching programs spanning cell biology, genetics and basic human biology, including chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, as well as anatomy.

You can read more about the department at

The post-holder will be offered an opportunity in teacher training at the level of first year cell and molecular biology exercises under supervision, provided by the department.

Responsibilities and tasks

The post-holder will join a team within the laboratory that uses protein biochemistry to study DNA-protein interactions. A key role of the post-holder will be to express and purify proteins and characterize their enzymatic activities.

The research assistant will also have opportunities to work in close collaboration with different researchers within the group at various stages of their research as the need arises.

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

  • Applicants should hold an MSc degree in biochemistry, protein chemistry, biology, human biology, or a related discipline with demonstrable lab experience
  • Proficiencies in lab work related to protein work and protein assays
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently as part of a team
  • Well organized with attention to detail and excellent lab book skills
  • Strong communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, and capability to learn new methods
    Other relevant criteria are:
  • Knowledge of protein expression techniques using bacteria, yeast or insect cells 
  • Good understanding of protein chromatography and purification methods
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office

Place of employment

The place of employment is the DNRF Center for Chromosome Stability, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of employment

Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins at DKK 29,643 / approx. EUR 3,978 (April 2020-level) plus an employer paid pension contribution of 17.1 %.

For International applicants, please read more about the working conditions: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure

Your application in English must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do.

4. Publication list (if possible).

Deadline for applications: Sunday 23 August 2020, 23.59 p.m. 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.


For further general questions about the position, please contact Elin Ølgaard by e-mail:

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.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

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.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7,850 students, 1,700 PhD students and 4,800 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.


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.


Elin Ølgaard


Application deadline: 23-08-2020
Employment start: 15-10-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: DNRF Center for Chromosome Stability