PhD fellowship in NK cell biology

Copenhagen University
May 29, 2023
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We are offering a PhD fellowship in experimental immunology with a focus on NK cell biology commencing 1 August 2023 or soon thereafter.

Our group and research The PhD fellow will be placed in the Laboratory of Immunology at the Section of Experimental Animal Models. Our group investigates the regulation of different leukocytes during infection and inflammation and we are particularly interested in identifying novel regulatory pathways used by NK cells, macrophages and T-cells.

Project description

NK cells are regulated by a combination of positive and negative-acting receptors, which give them the ability to target cancer and infected cells. In the current project we will identify and characterize novel NK regulatory pathways and examine their involvement in activation of blood-derived NK cells and NK cells derived from induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells.

Our goal is to improve treatment of cancer through allogenic transplantation of iPS cell-derived NK cells, genetically modified to a hyperactive state to ensure high potency targeting of cancer cells. With the unlimited expansion potential, CAR NK-based cancer treatment is a promising therapeutic strategy, however, improved efficiencies of NK cell production, suitable activation, and resistance to immune suppression needs to be achieved.

Principal supervisor is Professor Søren Skov, Laboratory of Immunology, EAM, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, email: [email protected]

Start: 1 August 2023

Duration: 3 years as a PhD student

Job description Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision.

  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points.

  • Participating in active research environments including a stay at another research team.
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching and disseminating your knowledge.
  • Writing 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, broadly speaking: Biological/molecular sciences, Pharmaceutical sciences or Medical sciences. Please note that your master's degree must be equivalent to a Danish master's degree (two years).
  • Function ABD/Category C course to carry out animal experiments
  • Prior work experience with human NK cells
  • Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience with immunology or cell biology
  • A curious mind-set with a strong interest in immunology
  • Language skills
  • Place of employment

    The place of employment is at the Frederiksberg Campus, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories and experimental animal facilities.

    Terms of employment The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

    The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 3 years. The start date is 1 August 2023 or soon thereafter.

    The employment is conditioned upon the applicant's success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate 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 applicant.

    The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty's rules on achieving the degree.

    Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary starts at approximately 28,896 DKK/Roughly 3,877 EUR (April 2023 level) plus pension.

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

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

    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. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other 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. As a prerequisite for a PhD fellowship employment, your master's degree must be equivalent to a Danish master's degree. We encourage you to read more in the assessment database: https: // assessments/assessment-database. Please note that we might ask you to obtain an assessment of your education performed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

    4. Publication list (if possible)

    Application deadline: 29 May 2023, 23.59pm 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 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 find information about the recruitment process at: https: //

    The applicants 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 24/25

    The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

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