PhD Position in Optical Characterization, University of Southern Denmark

PhD Position in Optical Characterization of Novel Probes for Imaging of Model and Cellular Membranes starting 1st of September
A PhD scholarship in Bioimaging and fluorescence spectroscopy is available at the
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark. The position is to be filled on the 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Outstanding candidates with experience in fluorescence spectroscopy such as polarization or lifetime measurements and optical microscopies such as wide field fluorescence, confocal and super resolution microscopy, with an education in molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics or similar areas are invited to apply. Knowledge and experience with advanced optical microscopy and live cell imaging is an advantage, but can also be acquired during the employment.

The selected candidate will be working as part of an interdisciplinary project with the goal to develop and characterize the next generation of optical molecular probes for sensing in cellular membranes. The project group offers a unique interdisciplinary combination of computational probe design, synthesis, characterization and biological applications. Within the group we aim at developing optimized fluorescence sensors for time-resolved and super-resolution imaging of cellular membranes and using these probes to obtain fundamental knowledge of membrane structure and function.

The successful applicant will be responsible for characterizing newly developed probes by combining bioimaging, biophysics and spectroscopy to quantify the photophysical properties of optical molecular probes for sensing in cellular membranes as well as applying the probes in model and biological systems.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Jonathan Brewer, tel.: +45 6550 3505, e-mail: (brewer(at) or Associate Professor Daniel Wüstner, tel.: +45 6550 2405, e-mail: (wuestner(at)

Application, salary etc.
Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three (students who have completed their MSc) or four years (students who have not yet completed their MSc). Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement of 10 November 2015 on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

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

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
• A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box “Application form”)
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
• At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link below. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

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Campus: Odense

Application deadline: 30/07/2017