Closing Date: 15 March 2021
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem) addresses basic research questions in stem cell and developmental biology and has activities focused on the translation of promising basic research results into new strategies and targets for the development of new therapies for cancer and chronic diseases such as diabetes and liver failure. Learn more about DanStem at https://danstem.ku.dk/.
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR) promotes basic and applied research on proteins of medical relevance. The research scope spans in silico biology, proteomics, biochemistry and cell biology, and the unifying theme is the identification and functional exploration of proteins and protein pathways involved in disease mechanisms. Learn more about CPR at www.cpr.ku.dk.
Both DanStem and CPR are vibrant, internationally diverse, ambitious research centers, housing modern laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities located in close proximity to one another at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The setting is ideally suited for seamless exchange of expertise, material and lively scientific communication.
Advanced light microscopy is a key technology at DanStem and CPR. The Centers host approximately 15 research groups with over 50 users (Master and PhD students, Postdocs, Assistant and Associate Professors). Applications in cellular imaging include a variety of model systems (cell lines, 3D cell cultures, tissues, and organisms) and microscopy techniques (wide-field, confocal, high-throughput, light-sheet, FCS, FRAP, live-cell imaging). User support for microscopy and image analysis is provided by dedicated technology platforms at the Centers.
We are now seeking a highly motivated and qualified image analysis specialist to work within the Imaging Research Platform at DanStem and the Protein Imaging Facility within CPR, alongside the light microscopy specialists at both platforms.
The image analysis specialist works in a team with dedicated microscopy specialists to provide service and support for multiple research projects of broad biomedical scope throughout the two research centers. The image analysis specialist at CPR and DanStem is expected to
- Provide support and training for users of both Centers on a variety of image analysis software packages (e.g. Fiji/Image J, Bitplane/Imaris, Perkin Elmer/Harmony, Olympus/ScanR Analysis, Zeiss ZEN, Huygens)
- Provide guidance in identifying optimal software and image analysis solutions for a given task
- Help users with analysis and graphic presentation of multidimensional data (e.g. Tibco Spotfire)
- Organize and participate in image analysis workshops (including practical demonstrations) for graduate and undergraduate students
- Manage computer workstations for offline image analysis and take care of software purchases, installation, maintenance and updates (local IT-support is provided)
- Establish a fully virtualized analysis environment for the above-mentioned analysis packages using our newly established HPC server (incl. dedicated GPU processing)
- Initiative for and collaborations utilizing project-oriented coding of new image analysis tools using our HPC platform for high-content or light-sheet applications is welcome and will be supported.
- Network actively with the global image analysis community and stay up-to-date with current trends in the field
Qualifications and competences
Candidates are expected to have a Master’s or PhD degree in a biological sciences-related discipline with at least three years of experience in bio-image analysis. Previous experience with user support in a facility environment is of advantage. Alternatively, candidates with relevant expertise, such as in computer science and data analysis or physics, coupled with a strong interest in cellular imaging and experience in working with biologists can be considered. In addition, we wish for the candidate to have:
- A broad overview of image analysis tools and expertise with a variety of image analysis software packages
- Experience with 2D, 3D and 4D image analysis and segmentation of structures
- Experience with downstream data handling and analysis, including statistical evaluation
- Expertise in development of custom image analysis solutions with Matlab, Fiji/ImageJ, Python, Java, R or similar programming languages
- A creative mind as well as an active network to tackle challenging tasks in image analysis
- Ideally, a good level of practical experience with advanced light microscopy, including wide-field, confocal and high-content microscopy
- Excellent communication skills and fluency in English
- A service-minded and team player attitude
- Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and international environment
The position, with formal employment title of special consultant at the University of Copenhagen, will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). To the salary is added a monthly contribution to a pension fund according to the collective agreement, and a supplement could be negotiated, depending on the candidate’s experiences and qualification. In all cases, the ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration, and thus we encourage all, regardless of their personal background and status, to apply.
Informal inquiries can be directed to Malte Paulsen (Head of Research Platforms at DanStem, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Claudia Lukas (Head of Protein Imaging Facility, CPR, email@example.com).
To apply, please submit your application, in English, via https://employment.ku.dk/administrative/ by clicking “Apply online”. Applications must include a statement of motivation, curriculum vitae, and copies of relevant diplomas. Only applications in English and submitted online and be accepted.
The Centers highly value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.
The closing date for applications is 28 February 2021.
Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.