Post Docs in Biotech Research and Innovation
University of Copenhagen

The Postdoc to LEADership in research programme (LEAD) have 8 postdoc positions open at the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), University of Copenhagen

Are you:

  • Interested in specialized training focused on developing your research leadership skills?
  • Eager to understand why diseases arise and how they can be treated?
  • Scientifically curious and driven to pursue an independent research career?

8 postdoc positions are open at BRIC, University of Copenhagen (UCPH) for talented young researchers who want to pursue a research leadership career in life sciences. The scheme is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 945322.

Why apply?

LEAD will offer you an outstanding framework to conduct top interdisciplinary biomedical research, that can advance your field. Also, LEAD offers a personalized research and training programme that will support, nurture and challenge you to develop excellent research leadership competences and transferable skills, and support your strategic career development. Participating in LEAD will provide you with tools and insight to identify and overcome the obstacles for pursuing a career as a research leader in academia or industry/biotech.

About the programme

LEAD offers a 36-months fully paid fellowship and attractive employment conditions at BRIC. Each fellow will work with an original research project, developed in the intersection of fellow and host group expertise. Transfer of knowledge between the fellow and host group is a requirement. The ambition is that fellows after the LEAD fellowships aim for an independent research career in or beyond academia. An individual career development plan including research and transferable courses, mentoring and career activities, is a central element ensuring career progress throughout the training. Please visit for more information.

About BRIC

BRIC ( is a top research centre and our researchers have made seminal contributions in the field of epigenetics, cancer biology, stem cell biology, neurobiology and bioinformatics. The centre is located in modern buildings with state-of-the art facilities and counts 250 employees and  more than 60% international researchers. The daily language is English. The centre has an open and collaborative scientific environment and a postdoc and student association offering network and social activities. BRIC is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

Who can apply?

The programme is open for motivated researchers holding a PhD degree and 2-5 years of experience after issuing of the degree at the time of application. Prolonged career breaks are taken into account upon documentation (see guide for applicants). Mobility is required and applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activities (work etc.) for more than 12 months in Denmark in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Also, applicants may not have been employed at UCPH more than three months prior to the application deadline.

Key selection criteria

The selection process includes eligibility screening, evaluation of application material by external scientific experts, site visit to BRIC with personal interviews with a selection committee and  matchmaking meetings with host groups. The selection will be merit-based, using weighed criteria in three defined areas:

  • Education and scientific track record
  • Research leadership potential
  • Motivation

Terms of employment and salary

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions offer attractive salary and working conditions. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State and according to the rules and regulations laid down by European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie S. Curie COFUND programme. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 34,654.76 DKK (ca. 4,653 EUR) plus pension.

Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of January 1, 2020.

Application procedure

Deadline for application is January 4, 2021. The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. The application must include the following: 

  • Motivation letter (Cover Letter)
  • CV  
  • Research synopsis
  • Diploma and detailed transcripts of records (MSc and PhD)  
  • List of 2-3 referees
  • Eligibility declaration (mobility and years of experience since PhD)
  • Documentation for career breaks (if any)
  • Other relevant information for consideration

Please carefully read the detailed description of eligibility criteria and requirements for the application in the Applicant’s Guide found on Templates to be used for the application (CV, research synopsis, eligibility declaration etc) can also be found on the LEAD webpage. Receipts of the applications will be acknowledged, and the applicant will be kept continuously informed of the progress of the application. 

Timeline of call

  • Opening of call: November 4th, 2020.
  • Application deadline: January 4th, 2021
  • Evaluation and selection of candidates: January-April, 2021. On site visits April 2021. 
  • Answers to applicants: May 2021.
  • Time for employment: August 1st, 2021.


For more information about the process, guidelines or the application system, please contact LEAD Programme Manager: Severine Le Bras,

Application deadline:  4 January 2021, 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. 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 can read about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


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.


Séverine le Bras


Application deadline: 04-01-2021
Employment start: 01-08-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: BRIC

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