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Fully Funded PhD Positions in Synthetic Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The following PhD position is available.
Detection of protein dynamics using single molecule fluorescence confocal microscopy.

The ability to detect the fluorescence of a single fluorophore has led to great advances in understanding of heterogeneity and dynamics at the nanoscale level in life and material sciences. The specific emission properties of fluorophores like its intensity, decay time, emission wavelength (spectrum) and anisotropy can be used to probe changes in the fluorophores surrounding. For example, fluorescence decay time changes can be used as a powerful tool to monitor quenching and energy transfer processes. A confocal microscope setup will be developed with multiple avalanche photodiodes and a spectrometer (polychromator/CCD camera) that can be used to monitor changes in multiple parameters of the single fluorophore´s emission at the same time, providing a wealth of information. In order to extract as much information as possible, it is important to choose fluorophores with a high absorption coefficient, high fluorescence, low triplet, and low photobleaching quantum yield. For this, organic fluorophores (with and without the presence of photostability enhancing additives, like e.g. ROXS) will be tested and compared with a new class of silver cluster based emitters, attached to proteins in order to determine their photo stability performance. As a test case we will investigate the conformational changes that occur during binding and transport of substrate within the neurotransmitter transporter homologue, LeuT.

A MSc or equivalent degree in a field relevant to the research project and good English skills are required.

Scholarship Application Deadline:1st of April 2011, 12 noon

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Postdoctoral for MicroRNA Research at BRIC, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Scholarship Description:A European Union funded postdoctoral position is available in the group of Associate Professor Roger Pocock at BRIC, University of Copenhagen. Research in the group is focused neuronal development and microRNA-mediated stress responses.

We are interested in understanding how animals control stress responses. To this end, we have identified specific microRNAs in C. elegans that are required under stress. The postdoctoral position will involve characterization of the stress-responsive roles of these microRNAs at the molecular and cellular level.

The position is for 3 years and is scheduled to start in 2011. Salary, pension and terms of employment follow the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Academics Central Organization.

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 14, 2011.

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PhD Fellowship in Plant Epigenetics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The work of the PhD fellow will consist mainly of duties in connection with the research project Epigenetic regulation of plant traits. The project aims at discover new layers of regulation of plant appearance. In biology, and specifically genetics, epigenetics is the study of inherited changes in phenotype (appearance) or gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence. These changes may remain through cell divisions for the remainder of the cell´s life and may also last for multiple generations. However, there is no change in the underlying DNA sequence of the organism; instead, non-genetic factors cause the organism´s genes to express themselves differently. The project is part of the program in the Centre for Membrane Pumps in Cells and Disease – PUMPKIN.
The position is available for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty´s master´s programmes.
At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

The successful applicant of the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment in the LIFE Graduate School before the Faculty can finish the letter of employment.
Graduate School of Faculty of Life Sciences, LIFE strives to give our students the best international career prospects within our main research areas.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 1 March 2011

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