Postdoc of Biophysics/Biocomplexity The Niels Bohr Institute Faculty of Science University of Copenhagen

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Postdoc of Biophysics/Biocomplexity The Niels Bohr Institute Faculty of Science University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a talented, highly motivated and creative scientist who is interested in exploring questions at the interface between physics and biology. The project is focused on the viruses infecting bacteria, an ideal in-vivo model system to study the interplay between a virus and its host. We explore virus development as a dynamic process, exhibiting decisions, stochasticity, pattern formation to macroscopic scale of epidemics as it spread in a 2 or 3 dimensional geometry. Bacterial phages are drivers of microbial ecology, gene transfer and microbial evolution.  We develop mathematical and computational models to mimic, suggest and perform experiments on these fascinating systems.  The scientists with strong mathematical and computational skills in physics/complex systems who wants to extend their skills to biological experiments are strongly encouraged to apply. Alternatively, we seek a scientist with strong background in quantitative microbial experiments, who is enthusiastic about work environment with many theoretical ideas.  The project is part of the research project " Universal Growth Laws of Viruses of Bacteria ", led by Associate Professor Namiko Mitarai and financed by NERD Program (Novo Nordisk Foundation).

The postdoc’s duties will include research as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

We are part of the Center for Models of Life in the Biocomplexity section at the Niels Bohr Institute. We conduct research on the science of complex phenomena in physics and biology

Further information on the group is linked at  ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> . Inquiries about the position can be made to Associate Professor Namiko Mitarai, Biocomplexity Section, The Niels Bohr Institute.  E-mail:

The position is open from 01 January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.  The duration of the position two years with a possible extension for a third year.

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

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 440.935 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 75.399). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan - description of current and past research and your vision about how your  experience further the research project described above
  • Complete publication list
  • 1-3 reference letters

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> .


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Application deadline: 31-10-2021

Employment start: 01-01-2022

Working hours: Full time

Department/Location: Niels Bohr Institutet

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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2171792.