Postdoc position in Veterinary Virology – UCPH, Denmark

    Postdoc position in Veterinary Virology - UCPH, Denmark

    Postdoc position in Veterinary Virology for studies on coronavirus biology, at Section for Veterinary Clinical Microbiology is within the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 06, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Biological science
    – Molecular virology
    – Clinical Microbiology
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceSection for Veterinary Clinical Microbiology
    Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
    University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
    Contract Period2 Years
    Starting dateSep 01, 2021


    • Master in biological science or similar
    • PhD (and likely postdoctoral experience) in molecular virology


    • Strong experience in experimental design, in planning and performing laboratory studies on functional elements of viruses. Strong experience in molecular virology methods, including plasmid construction, transient expression studies in cells, RNA and protein expression analysis.
    • Demonstrated capacity for effective team work
    • Proven track record showing scientific productivity in peer reviewed journals
    • Good communication skills in English, written and oral

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    We work on a variety of aspects of the biology of important animal viruses. These studies range from detailed molecular characterization of virus functions to more epidemiological studies on virus distribution. The group includes postdocs, PhD students and a technician and studies can involve collaborations both within the Department and with the Statens Serum Institut.

    Coronaviruses can cause pandemics such as those resulting from the spread of SARS-CoV-2, however, more often, less serious infections occur. As well as circulating in humans, coronaviruses also circulate in other mammals, as well as in birds. There is a need to understand in greater depth the biology of these viruses. The viruses have large (ca. 30kb) positive-sense RNA genomes and use a variety of strategies to express a wide variety of structural and non-structural proteins. Aspects of interest include:

    • Applying molecular methods to investigate key features of coronavirus gene expression and replication that may lead to novel approaches for development of antiviral agents
    • Studying the relationships between coronaviruses from different animal species and potential  shifts in host range

    How to Apply?

    Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ above. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format

    Documents Required

    • Motivated letter of application addressing each of the important criteria (max. two pages)
    • CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
    • A certified/signed copy of Degree certificates .
    • List of publications.
    • List of three references

    About Section for Veterinary Clinical Microbiology

    The Section for Veterinary Clinical Microbiology is within the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH). It has a focus on animal pathogens. The Section carries out research and teaching in the area of serious infectious livestock diseases, including exotic, emerging and zoonotic viral diseases with the focus on key aspects of diagnosis, surveillance and control of these diseases. The research is basic and applied. The Department is part of the Danish Veterinary Consortium (DK-VET) between the UCPH and the Statens Serum Institut (SSI) for the performance of the veterinary public service agreement with the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food (FVST) that is aimed at providing scientific advice to FVST regarding surveillance, prevention and control of serious animal diseases.


    Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).  Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark during the last 10 years. The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.


    Professor Graham J. Belsham

    For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact


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    Postdoc in Veterinary Virology for studies on coronavirus biology

    Post expires at 8:59am on Monday June 7th, 2021 (GMT+9)