The Niels Bohr International Academy invites applicants for a PhD fellowship
in stochastic thermodynamics of biological networks. The project is funded by
a project grant of the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
Start date is expected to be 01/04/2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Our group has recently obtained a Novo Nordisk project grant to theoretically
study the stochastic thermodynamics of biological circuits. In particular,
this fellowship will focus on the thermodynamics of functional motives, such
as feed-forwards loops and single-input modules, in biochemical networks, and
on the modelling of synthetic biological circuits. To do this, we will combine
analytical calculations with computational techniques.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates within the field of physics. Applicants can have
a background in non-equilibrium statistical physics and/or theoretical
Our group and research- and what do we offer?
Currently, the main focus of our research group is on how thermodynamics puts
constraints on biological processes. More specifically, the focus is on
questions such as to what extend are biological processes, such as DNA
replication, thermodynamically optimised, which role does thermodynamics play
in biological evolution, and what are the thermodynamic constraints necessary
to create non-equilibrium phenomena, such as chemical oscillations and
The group is a part of the physics department, Faculty of SCIENCE, University
of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.
We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and
international research environment. Our research facilities include modern
Principal supervisor is Prof. Karel Proesmans
The PhD programme
Depending of your level of education, you can undertake the PhD programme as a
three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD
programme (5+3 scheme), if you already have an education equivalent
to a relevant Danish master's degree.
Qualifications needed for the regular programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree
programme, equivalent to a Danish master's degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120
ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. Physics. For
information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments
for specific countries and Assessment database.
Terms of employment in the regular programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.
Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at
the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This
requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project
formulated by the applicant.
The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between
the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional
Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the
Protocol on Job Structure.
Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programme
Complete and pass the MSc education in accordance with the curriculum of
the MSc programme
(ONLY when you are attending the integrated MSc and PhD programme)
Carry through an independent research project under supervision
Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another
research institution, preferably abroad
Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project
We are looking for the following qualifications:
Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
Relevant work experience
Other relevant professional activities
Curious mind-set with a strong interest in non-equilibrium statistical
physics and/or theoretical biophysics.
Good language skills
Application and Assessment Procedure
Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted
electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
Please include :
Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
Your motivation for applying for the specific PhD project
Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
Publication list (if possible)
Reference letters (if available)
The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15 Februay 2022, 23:59 GMT+1.
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
The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic
assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will
be passed for assessment.
The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted
applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques,
skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each
applicant is qualified and, if so, for which of the two models. The assessed
applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can
read about the recruitment process at
https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 9.
For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the
General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at
the PhD School's website: https: // www. science.ku.dk/phd/.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and
invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.