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PhD Position in Functional Proteomics in Cancer Precision Medicine

Workplace: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, SDU, Odense. 

Start date:  During the period 15 February to 15 April 2019. Application deadline: 1 February 2019.

The candidate will be employed at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at SDU and will be enrolled in the department's PhD programme under the supervision of Prof. Ole N. Jensen.

Project description
The research project aims to develop novel approaches for early cancer detection and diagnostics by using advanced mass spectrometry and proteomics approaches. The project entails the characterization of proteins and proteomes in human kidney tissue and renal cell carcinoma tumor tissue from patients, including also protein post-translational modifications (e.g. protein phosphorylation). The candidate will develop and apply LC-MS based technologies and use advanced bioinformatics/statistics tools to characterize and identify molecular features of renal cell carcinomas in the context of precision medicine. 

Ideal candidate
We are seeking outstanding candidates with documented experience in protein biochemistry and functional proteomics in the context of biomedicine. Expertise in protein mass spectrometry including LC-MS is a requirement. Candidates will be part of an international research group, and good interpersonal skills and fluency in the English language (reading/writing/speaking) are a requirement. 
Group description
The Protein Research Group offers a strong international research environment in protein chemistry, biomolecular mass spectrometry, and computational proteomics with a strong focus on elucidating the functional roles of dynamic post-translational modifications of proteins. The VILLUM Center for Bioanalytical Sciences at SDU and the national PRO-MS research infrastructure provide world-class facilities for proteomics and mass spectrometry research. Recent functional proteomics studies of cells and tissues by the ON Jensen group include Tvardovskiy et al (2017) Nucleic Acids Res. 45(16):9272-9289; Rabiee et al (2017) Proteomics 17(6); Schwämmle and Jensen (2018) Bioinformatics (PMID:29635359).

Department description
SDU offers more than 60 educational programmes and has an enrolment of approximately 30,000 students. The main campus is located in Odense, the third largest city of Denmark, with easy access to city life, countryside exercising and coastal activities.

SDU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) has a staff of 27 tenured investigators. The department is well known internationally for its top-level proteomics and biological mass spectrometry research. Other strong enabling technologies include state-of-the art next generation sequencing, metabolomics/lipidomics, bioimaging, and biocomputing.

For further information please contact Professor Ole Nørregaard Jensen, tel.: +45 6550 2368, e-mail:

Application, salary etc.
Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement of 10 November 2015 on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

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

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
• A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box "Application form")
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information, including a list of laboratory skills mastered by the applicant
• Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
• A list of publications
• At least two signed reference letters from supervisors or previous employers. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Send application
Deadline 2019-Feb-01

You can apply for the job at The Faculty of Science by completing the application form


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