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  18.02.2020 - Postdoc position in Mechanisms of Liver Size Control at DanStem

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen -

DanSTem in Copenhagen, Denmark has an open PostDoc position in Mechanisms of Liver Size Control in the Ober´Lab.

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Deadline for applications: 5 March 2020, 23.59pm.


A postdoctoral position is available in the group of Elke Ober at DanStem. The team studies fundamental mechanisms of tissue morphogenesis in the liver. The aim is to understand how different cell types communicate with each other and how the resulting cell behaviours establish an organ with a functional tissue architecture and of the correct size. To achieve this, the group utilises zebrafish genetic tools and state-of the-art molecular and cell biology techniques, such as mRNA sequencing, genome editing, confocal and light-sheet microscopy.

This research project will employ a multi-disciplinary approach to understand how liver size is controlled combining zebrafish models of liver growth with human in vitro models. Starting date for this position is the 1st May 2020, or upon agreement with the chosen candidate.


The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology – DanStem is located at the University of Copenhagen. DanStem addresses basic research questions in stem cell and developmental biology and has activities focused on the translation of promising basic research results into new strategies and targets for the development of new therapies for cancer and chronic diseases such as diabetes and liver failure. Find more information about the Center at http://danstem.ku.dk/.

Job description:

We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious postdoctoral candidate with a strong background in cell, developmental and/or stem cell biology to join our team. The candidate will investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling start and termination of organ growth in unique zebrafish liver mutants and human in vitro models of hepatic stem cell differentiation using e.g. advanced live cell imaging and transcriptomic approaches.

The position is for 2 years with a possible extension.


For further information contact Associate Professor Elke Ober,