Academic research officer (fixed-term 5 years) in core facility for single cell analysis
University of Copenhagen, Department of Immunology and Microbiology

Academic research officer (fixed-term 5 years) in core facility for single cell analysis

At the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, a position as academic research officer (fixed-term 5 years) is available on 1 November 2019 or as soon as possible hereafter.


Who are we:
The Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, runs a core facility for flow cytometry  and an in vivo imaging (IVIS)  that service approx. 300 users from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Science, regional hospitals, and local biotech companies, each with their different areas of specialization. The core facility is in the process of expanding to include ImageStream analysis and sequencing facility to turn the core facility into a center for single cell analysis.

You will meet people with very different tasks to be solved on our instruments. The people using our instruments are on very different levels in their careers: students, postdocs, and faculty members doing both basic and clinical research. Each user has a very individual approach and knowledge about the technology they use, and you should be able to understand the users’ different skills.


At present, the facility has the following instruments, which can be used after appropriate training:

FACSCalibur, LSR-II, Fortessa 3-laser, Fortessa 5-laser, FACSVerse, two CytoFlexS, ARIA-II, FACSJazz, FACSMelody, MSD from Meso Scale Discovery, Seahorse from Agilent technology and in vivo imaging equipment (IVIS) from PerkinElmer.

The facility anticipates expanding with the following equipment: ImageStream from Luminex, 10X system, NovaSeq and MiSeq from Illumina.

On some of our instruments, the users can work with BSL2 and GMO2 material.


The work assignments in the facility are:
To maintain our instruments, primarily sequence instruments
To support users in their use of the sequence equipment, design their experiments and analyze data to some degree. You will need knowledge about software to do sequence analysis
To train people in the use of the sequence instruments before they get access to them
To participate in practical and theoretical teaching on the user courses offered by the facility, including courses at PhD level
To develop the facility in terms of analysis that we provide, both running of the instruments and the way data are analyzed

Much of the daily work is done independently as to how the assignments are performed, planning the tasks together with the users that request our help, and solving problems that suddenly emerge and need to be handled.


We are looking for:
A person with at least 1 year’s documented experience in sequencing, be it DNA, RNA or methylation
A person with some knowledge within immunology since many task are within this field
A person with technical ingenuity and flair for IT (software) on user level
A person with documented experience in teaching in order to be part of our teaching staff at the courses and workshops provided by the facility
A person that is service-minded so that the facility can provide the best possible service for the users of our instruments or services

You will be part of our team that includes two full-time staff members and its leader, professor Jan Pravsgaard Christensen. The team plans the daily tasks together, and we expect you to be part of this team.


The facility is in the process of expanding, so we can offer new instruments and protocols. We expect that you will take part in this development work, which requires testing, optimization, and validation of new protocols in agreement with the daily leader.


We will train you in the current instruments and anticipate that you can train the staff in sequencing equipment so we can have a coherent group that understands the different parts in a protocol, from single cell sorting to library preparation and sequencing to data analysis.


Education as Master of Science or equivalent education, preferably supplemented with a PhD. You have documented experience in sequencing. Your approach to the position should be service of users, their experiments, and development of the facility rather than individual research. Thus, you need to be extrovert and service-oriented and able to work independently and meticulously.


We offer:
A good and interesting workplace in constant development
A versatile and exciting job with many challenges and big influence on how the job is organized
A job with opportunities for participation in meetings/courses where relevant
A job where we constantly develop the facility with new protocols and courses for the users
A job where you need to have some flexibility as we are available when the users need us
A job in a coherent group with an informal and relaxed work environment


Terms of salary and employment:
The employment as academic research officer is a full time position (37 hours per week). The duration of the position is 5 years, and the starting date is 1 November 2019 or after agreement. Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The monthly salary will be based on the number of years of work experience (seniority) with the possibility to negotiate a salary supplement based on prior experiences and qualifications. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.


For further information regarding the position please contact Professor Jan Pravsgaard Christensen on mail or phone 35 32 78 73.


Homepage: og


Your application should be in English and include:
Letter of application addressing the requirements (max. one page)
Curriculum Vitae
Publications list
A certified/signed copy of certificate(s) of education
Teaching portfolio Guidelines:

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


Application deadline: 11 October 2019, 23.59 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 above-mentioned requirements.


Interviews are expected to be held in week 42.


University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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