PhD Position in the Mechanics of Tissue Homeostasis at reNEW Copenhagen

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW) at Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen is looking for a PhD candidate to join the Sedzinski group starting mid/late 2023 or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

The center
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine, reNEW has its Hub at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) as well as nodes at UCPH, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Leiden University Medical Center. Researchers within reNEW addresses fundamental questions in stem cell and developmental biology and will pivot research findings to clinical outcomes and products.

Our research
A PhD position for 4 years (1 year as a Research Assistant and 3 years as PhD student) is available in the group of Jakub Sedzinski at reNEW. The team studies the general principles underlying epithelial homeostasis. Particularly, the team wants to determine both the mechanics and molecular regulation of the mucociliary epithelial cell development and renewal from stem cells hoping to provide new insights into treatment of epithelial pathologies associated with defective tissue homeostasis, such as asthma, colitis, and most common epithelial tumors, or carcinomas.

The team utilizes Xenopus (frog) embryos as a model system and the state-of-the-art quantitative image processing and multiomics techniques. This project will combine quantitative live-cell imaging of developing frog embryos, molecular and mechanical perturbations and computational analyses of time-series and sequencing data. Starting date for this position is the 1st of October 2023, or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.

Job description
We are seeking an enthusiastic and outstanding candidate with a background in cell and tissue mechanics. The candidate will implement cutting-edge quantitative imaging methods, multiomics techniques and tissue engineering to unravel how cell and tissue mechanics regulates the mucociliary epithelial cell development and renewal.

Key tasks:

  • Carrying through an independent research project under supervision.
  • Completing PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS points.
  • Participating in active research environments including a stay at another research team.
  • Obtaining experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teaching and disseminating your knowledge.
  • Writing a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project


  • A MSc degree in life sciences or equivalent
  • Documented hands-on experience with Xenopus embryos, quantitative image processing and data analysis would be extremely valuable.
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken.
  • Highly motivated and ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • A solution-oriented, organizational and positive mindset is required. The ability to work in a highly collaborative international environment both independently and as part of the team is essential.

We offer: 

  • A stimulating, challenging and multifaceted research environment
  • A supportive team to work and collaborate with
  • A combination of exciting projects and state-of-the-art technologies to expand your horizons.
  • Possibilities for continued education and training.
  • Attractive employment conditions for 4 years.
  • Centrally located workplace.

Terms of salary, work, and employment:
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

We encourage all – regardless of their personal background and status – to apply.

The application must include:

  1. Motivation letter
  2. Curriculum vitae incl. education, experience, previous employments, language skills and other relevant skills
  3. List of three references (full address, incl. email and phone number)
  4. Certified copy of original Master of Science diploma and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in other language than English or Danish. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

For further information contact Associate Professor Jakub Sedzinski,
Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and

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