PhD Fellowship in Chromatin Regulation, Stem Cells and Cancer Biology
University of Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen, Department of Biology

Job Title: PhD Fellowship in Chromatin Regulation, Stem Cells and Cancer Biology

Faculty: Biology




Research in the Helin lab is focused on identifying novel mechanisms and genes involved in the development of human cancer. The lab has made several seminal contributions to the fields of epigenetics, stem cells and cancer biology. Current work is focused on understanding the biological function of proteins involved in regulation of histone and DNA methylation and how they contribute to cancer. Moreover, the group has developed several cancer-relevant mouse and cellular models that are used both for the understanding of the role of specific proteins in cancer and for the identification of potential targets for the development of novel anti-cancer therapies.

The group is using a wide range of different techniques and model systems to achieve these goals, including loss-of-function screenings, embryonic and adult stem cells, mouse genetics and sophisticated mouse models of human cancer.

Research Project

The selected candidate will work the understanding the mechanisms by which specific chromatin proteins affect the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells.

Principal supervisor: Professor Kristian Helin, BRIC, , Phone: +4535325668

Start: August 1st, 2019

Duration: 3 years as a PhD student

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

Carry through an independent research project under supervision
Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team
Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
Teach and disseminate your knowledge
Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants

Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master's degree related to the subject area of the project e.g. Master of Science in biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedicine or similar.

Other important criteria are:


The grade point average achieved
Experience with experimental design, practical laboratory work, data analysis and presentation of obtained data
Previous publications
Relevant work experience
Other professional activities
Curious mind-set with a strong interest in computational biology
Excellent communication skills in English

To be considered for the position as PhD fellow, it is a condition that your Master of Science degree is considered to be equivalent to a Danish Master of Science (

Place of employment

The employment and place of work is at BRIC, University of Copenhagen. BRIC is located close to the centre of Copenhagen, in the Copenhagen Biocenter. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories, a number of cutting-edge core facilities shared between the 23 research groups at BRIC and the neighboring Finsen Laboratory and a well-functioning administrative and technical support. The Helin group has weekly journal clubs, data clubs and BRIC has weekly internal seminars as well as seminars with invited speakers and a young researchers club ASAP. The selected candidate will be enrolled at the PhD school at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and be part of our own PhD program, MoMeD. BRIC actively participates in the European alliance, EU-life consisting of 13 excellent life science research institutions . More information about BRIC and the Helin Group can be found on

Terms of salary and employment

The appointment as a PhD fellow is for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the candidate's successful enrolment in the PhD school at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the candidate during an initial three-month employment as a research assistant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the University's rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 27.135 DKK /approx. 3.633 EUR (April 2019-level) plus pension.



For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School's website:

Application procedure

Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking 'Apply now' below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

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

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

3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do

4. Publication list (if relevant)

Application deadline: June 27, 2019

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications or letters of recommendation that do not live up to the above-mentioned 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.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

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

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 27

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position.


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