Assistant Professor of trimeric ion channel protein engineering at Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology

Copenhagen University


January 23, 2022


We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher to join our laboratory for a 2-year position to commence 1 April 2022. The position aims to generate semi-synthetic acid-sensing ion channels to investigate their structure and function using electrophysiology and fluorometry. Information on the department can be found at: https: //

Our research The project will focus on the intracellular conformational landscape of human acid-sensing channels (ASICs). The project is part of a highly interdisciplinary effort to identify ASIC structure and function in real time and in living cells. The work requires interfacing with a number of national and international collaborators and is based in the Pless laboratory, which provides dynamic and diverse research environment focused on the functional and pharmacological investigation of ion channels. The group has a balanced gender and age composition, incl. numerous international researchers from a variety of backgrounds.

Your job We strive to conduct world-class ion channel research using cutting-edge technologies. Your tasks would include chemical biology (protein trans splicing), voltage- and patch-clamp fluorometry, molecular biology (PCR, site-directed mutagenesis, chimera generation) and electrophysiology (both patch-clamp and two-electrode voltage clamp electrophysiology). The position would further require teaching and supervision duties.

The assistant professor's responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination duties
  • research-based teaching
  • sharing knowledge with society
  • participation in formal pedagogical training program for assistant professors
  • Profile We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

    Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in Biochemistry
  • You are highly experienced in electrophysiology (patch clamp and two- electrode voltage clamp), molecular biology, cell culture, biochemistry, voltage- and patch-clamp fluorometry and protein-engineering
  • You have an active interest in ligand-gated ion channels, in particular with regards to the dynamics of their molecular structure and function.
  • You have pre- and postgraduate teaching experience within pharmacology and electrophysiology, incl direct supervision of MSc students
  • Outstanding communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • International experience
  • First-author publications in leading international journals
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken
  • Desirable experience and skills:

  • First-author publications of primary research projects in high-impact journals, in addition to reviews
  • You have +5 years of experience working in academic research environment
  • Extensive international experience, evidence for cross-disciplinary collaborations and symposia organisation
  • Successful applications for competitive fellowships and grants
  • Place of employment The place of employment is at Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and the Center for Biopharmaceuticals.

    Terms of employment The employment as assistant professor is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is 1 April 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

    Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 36,853.98 DKK/ approx. 4,954 Euro (October 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

    Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

    The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of 19 December 2020.

    Questions For further information please contact Stephan A. Pless,; www.

    Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www. (International Staff Mobility).

    Application procedure Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now' below. Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

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

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

    3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do

    4. List of publications

    5. Teaching portfolio if applicable

    Application deadline: 23 January 2022, 23.59pm 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.

    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. 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 https: //

    The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

    Interviews are expected to be held in early February.

    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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