We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc interested in investigating the
cellular and molecular mechanisms of P. falciparum malaria pathogenesis and
immunity. The employment period is 2 years to commence on 1st of July 2022 or
as per agreement.
The postdoctoral research project aims to elucidate and model how malaria
parasite-infected erythrocytes attach and modulate host cells in order to
avert immune recognition and attack, as well as to study mechanisms of natural
acquired immunity to malaria and conduct tests of novel vaccine strategies
designed to prevent malaria pathogenesis.
You will be part of the Discovery Team at Centre for Medical Parasitology at
the Department of Immunology and Microbiology (ISIM), University of
Information on the department can be found at: https: // cmp.ku.dk/
Our work is focused on the molecular characterization of the host-parasite
interactions mediated by the parasites' variable antigens exposed on the
infected erythrocyte surface. We aim to understand the implications of these
proteins' direct interaction with endothelial and immune cell receptors for
malaria pathogenesis and immunity. Based on this, and studies of immunity to
malaria, our aim is to design vaccines or adjunct therapies against malaria.
We work closely with other teams at our research centre as well as with a
broad range of national and international collaborators of different
scientific disciplines. Our group is highly diverse and inclusive and relies
on developing our research through teamwork.
Your tasks will include development of cellular assays to resolve molecular
basis and model the cytoadhesion of infected erythrocyte to endothelial and
immune cells. You will be involved in developing and testing novel prototype
vaccines targeting variant surface antigens (PfEMP1) associated with severe
childhood malaria and pregnancy malaria. You are strongly encouraged to
develop your own research ideas within the overall framework of understanding
direct host-pathogen interactions in malaria. Your project will include
collaboration with other teams at our centre, nationally and internationally
and it is expected that you conduct supervision of laboratory technicians,
MSc, and PhD students.
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 Pathogenesis and Immunology of Infectious Diseases or
closely related area
Strong background in studies of Plasmodium falciparum biology, malaria
disease or malaria immunity
Experience in P. falciparum parasite culture, purification, and co-
culture assay systems
Demonstrated scientific publication record within the field.
Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
Excellent English skills written and spoken
Desirable experience and skills:
Experience in handling different human or mouse-derived cell lines
Expertise in developing and optimizing immunological assays
You have an active interest in host-pathogen interactions in malaria
Experience on development and testing of malaria vaccines
Experience in collection and handing of human blood samples
Knowledge and interest in Crispr-Cas modification of malaria parasites
Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology
(ISIM), University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working
conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research
facilities include designated laboratories and computing infrastructures for
studies of immunology, infectious diseases, and vaccinology.
Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 24 months
with starting date on
1st July 2022 or as per agreement. Salary, pension, and terms of employment
are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of
Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).
Currently, the monthly salary starts at 35,620 DKK approximately 4780 EUR
(April 2022-level, excl. pension). Depending on qualifications, a supplement
may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension
Foreign 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 Job Structure for Academic Staff at
For further information please contact Thomas Lavstsen; e-mail:
email@example.com ; www. sund.ku.dk
Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www. ism.ku.dk (International
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:
Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
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.
List of publications.
Deadline for applications: 22 May 2022, 23.59 p.m. 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
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
You can read about the recruitment process at
https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
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 week 23.
The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and
encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal