Postdoc in Theoretical Biocomplexity and Mechanobiology (Denmark) Deadline: July 01, 2019

University of Copenhagen

Application Deadline

July 01, 2019

Program Commencement

September 21, 2019

Duration of the Program

1 Year

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Program Details

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest university and research institution in Denmark. Founded in 1479, it is the second oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia. The university has four campuses located in and around Copenhagen. Driven by intellectual creativity and critical thinking, researchers and students at the University of Copenhagen have expanded horizons and contributed to moving the world forward. The University offers researchers and students the opportunity to develop their talent and launches ambitious interdisciplinary initiatives to support its strong academic communities. 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.

Niels Bohr Institute, part of the Faculty of Science of the University seeks to appoint a Postdoc candidate for its research to advance the physical understanding of biological systems under realistic conditions. The research attempts to understand the extent to which the structure and dynamics of coordinated movement in groups of cells is mediated by biochemical signalling and how the feedback from the collective motion affects the distribution of biochemical cues is an outstanding question. The potential projects are: I. On the single cell level understanding the dynamics of the underlying genetic network from external stresses. II. Studying the impact of the topology of the embodying cell environment on the growth of multicellular layers through channelling the mechanical stress. III. The study of the interconnection between biochemical signalling and the collective motion of cells.

The research program will use theoretical and computational modelling, both at the individual cell level and at the multicellular level, to explain the underpinning mechanism of stress regulation in complex geometries and subsequent activation of biochemical signalling by mechanical stresses. Moreover, there is the possibility of exploiting this understanding to investigate smart structuring of the environment in order to impose particular modes of coordinated multicellular motion.

The postdoc’s duties will include research within theoretical biocomplexity as well as participate in teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties. Information on the Department, here

Eligibility/ Requirements

Candidates with a PhD in a relevant related discipline are encouraged to apply. 

Inquiries about the position can be made to Prof. Mogens Høgh Jensen,

Application Process

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically (online application).

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.


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