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Center for Chromosome Stability offers excellent opportunities for highly motivated master students, PhD fellows and postdoctoral fellows to participate in pioneering research.

CCS work environment

The center comprises the Director (Ian Hickson), a steering group of all core PIs, an administrator, a bioinformatician, and a lab manager. The CCS has the breadth of expertise to conduct studies at levels from DNA molecules through to whole organisms. The aim is to integrate fundamental and multidisciplinary research in one research center. The center PIs will conduct collaborative projects by co-supervising postdoc, PhD and master students. One of the missions of the CCS is to attract and train the best young researchers from the world, and to facilitate the scientific development of the next generation of research leaders.

Vacant positions

Two PhD positions are available at Center for Chromosome Stability

Two PhD positions are available from 1st October, 2019 in the research groups of Professor Ian Hickson and Associate Professor Ying Liu at the University of Copenhagen.
Project description
These fellowships are funded by a grant recently awarded to a consortium of partners from 9 universities in 6 European countries by the European Union Horizon 2020 Framework Programme to the project "AntiHelix". The focus of the Antihelix project is to analyze DNA helicases in cells of different organisms at the molecular, biochemical and cellular level with the ultimate aim of developing specific inhibitors as potential anti-tumour drugs. As partners of this consortium, the Hickson and Liu groups at the CCS will study the functions of the human RecQ family helicases and the RTEL1 helicase, respectively. Mutations of these helicases have can cause human diseases. Further details of the research undertaken in these laboratories can be found on the CCS website (
Job description
The key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty within the Antihelix consortium are listed below: 

  • Carry out and complete an independent research project under the supervision of either Professor Hickson or Associate Professor Liu.
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points.
  • Write regular reports, scientific articles and the PhD thesis on the grounds of your research project.
  • Take part in all of the meetings or training courses organized by the consortium partners. It is expected that fellows will spend a period of research training in at least one other laboratory in the consortium.
  • Obtain experience with teaching and/or other types of dissemination activities related to your PhD project.
  • Participate in national and international congresses and scientific meetings. 
  • Obtain experience from an external research institution, preferably abroad. 

Application deadline: 31st July, 2019, 23.59pm CET
Read more about the two vacant PhD Scholarships at CCS


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