Post-doc Position Available – Biochemistry of Plant Non-coding Transcription

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen Plant Science Centre (CPSC) at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences wishes to appoint a highly motivated postdoc in the field of Biochemistry of Plant Non-coding Transcription, commencing on 1 January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a part-time position for 2 years with 40 working hours per month on average.

The Marquardt group is located at CPSC in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. The Marquardt lab is interested in the molecular events determining transcription of abundant non-coding genomic sequences into mysterious long non-coding RNA (lncRNA). We employ cutting edge experimental technologies in a range of experimental systems to identify the underlying mechanisms.

The Marquardt lab has identified gene repression through the act of RNA Polymerase Pol II (Pol II) transcription. You will develop biochemical approaches based on Transcript Isoform Sequencing (TIF-seq) to inform on this phenomenon in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. A main focus will be on identifying plant genomic regions where this mechanism controls gene expression is used by dynamic non-coding transcription as a function of the cellular environment. Mobility is required for this position as the protocol will be worked out in collaboration with Prof. Pelechano (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden). Your results will inform experiments of our lab and collaborators, we are therefore looking for a postdoc that stimulates productive and synergistic interactions with existing lab members.

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

Further information on the Department is linked at

Inquiries about the position can be made to Assistant Professor Sebastian Marquardt, e-mail:

Selection criteria for the position, with special emphasis on:

  1. excellence in all the research areas relevant to the project documented by high-impact first author publication: 1.) Long non-coding RNA; 2.) Chromatin Biology; 3.) Pol II Transcription mechanism.
  2. Experimental expertise with models of gene regulation through the act of upstream long non-coding transcription (e.g. Transcriptional Interference).

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 for a full-time position is currently up to DKK 408,730 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 69,893). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
  • The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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

Please include:

  • Curriculum vita
  • Diplomas – (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers.

The deadline for applications is 12 October 2016, 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.

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