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Indrykket 12-09-2013

Project and PhD Coordinator

at the Danish Stem Cell Center (DanStem)

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

The Danish Stem Cell Center (Danstem) is a research Center of Excellence at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. The overall scientific goal of the center is: to develop new stem cell based therapeutic approaches, currently in the area of diabetes and cancer; to address basic questions in stem cell and developmental biology; and to seek to identify the factors that govern the development of different cell types in the body. Read about Danstem at

For a newly granted EU FP7 Collaborative HumEn project we are seeking a project coordinator with strong communication skills and an interest in working within an international and ambitious research environment. The project coordinator will also be responsible for tasks related to PhD activities at Danstem. The successful candidate will be part of the Center Administration and work closely with group leaders and the administrative team, in addition to internal and external partners and collaborators.

Job description

The position assumes a high level of independence, in commensurate with the possibility of influencing the development of the job.

The successful candidate will have two main areas of responsibility:

Coordinator of and administrative support on a newly granted EU HumEn project

Coordinator of PhD activities at Danstem

The HumEn projectis on Up-scaling human insulin-producing beta cell production by efficient differentiation and expansion of pancreatic endoderm progenitors and is aimed at developing glucose-responsive, insulin-producing beta cells for the treatment of diabetes. The project is headed by Managing Director, Professor Henrik Semb and brings together 9 leading European stem cell-research groups and industrial partners. The project period is 4 years commencing 1st January 2014 until 31st December 2017.

As coordinator and administrative support on the HumEn projectyou will work closely with the Scientific Project Manager and the EU office at the University of Copenhagen in developing and maintaining a harmonious and mutually beneficial environment for all project partners. The project coordinator will also collaborate closely with the HumEn Outreach and Science communicator employed at the University of Edinburgh.

The project coordinator is expected to handle the overall coordination of consortium activities, and management of legal, contractual, financial, and administrative aspects of the project. This includes coordination of:

Periodic and final reports to the European Commission.

Monitoring of progressof overall work plan including status of milestones and deliverables related to specific work packages.

General Assembly meetings and Scientific Advisory Board Meetings.

Project meetings, seminars, courses, and exchange visits.

Amendment requests, communication with the European Commission etc.

As coordinator of the PhD activities at Danstem you will be responsible for coordinating and organizing PhD processes and tasks. This includes communication with the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences and The Danish Research Programme on Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MoMeD) concerning administrative aspects of the PhD students at Danstem. In collaboration with the group leaders at Danstem you will support the development and implementation of a pre-PhD study assessment process. You will advise potential and existing PhD students at Danstem throughout their PhD studies regarding enrollment into the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, general rules and requirements involved in acquiring a PhD degree. You will also be responsible for handling administrative aspects of the enrollment, facilitate PhD meetings across the research groups, and for coordinating and organizing PhD defenses.

Qualifications and required experiences and skills

Highly motivated, self-starting, candidates are encouraged to apply. We expect the applicant to have:

- A postgraduate degree in natural or health sciences. We also welcome applicants with research experience.

- Project management skills and to be well organized; the ability to deliver and respond in a timely manner to deadlines. Experience with EU projects is an advantage.

- Excellent communication skills and the ability to draft reports and summarize scientific information in both Danish and English.

- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate and develop relations within a multi-cultural research environment.

- Attention to quality and work processes.

- Strong knowledge of MS Office systems.

Employment conditions

The expected starting date is 1 November 2013. The employment is time-limited until 31 December 2017.

The employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Government and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). There is a monthly contribution to a pension fund (17.1% of the salary), and a supplement can be negotiated.

The Working hours are 37 hours per week.

For further information, please contact: Research Coordinator Johanne Keiding or Center Administrator Maj Britt Aronstein at

To apply

Your application must be submitted in English by clicking “Apply online”. Applications must include:

motivated application

curriculum vitae

copy of relevant diplomas

If you are on the interview shortlist you will be asked to provide names and contact information for 2 references

The University of Copenhagen encourages all interested in the position to apply.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 pm, 30th September 2013.