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1+ Group Leaders in Molecular and Translational Neuroscience – Aarhus university, Denmark

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

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1-2 group leader positions in Molecular and Translational Neuroscience are available at the Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience – DANDRITE of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine.

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General Info

Position: Group Leader
No. of Positions: 1+
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 5 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Nordic EMBL Partnership and DANDRITE
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus Denmark

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Qualification Details

To qualify for a group leader position, the candidate should have a PhD degree or equivalent and an appropriate level of postdoctoral training. Applicants should present a strong track record of relevance to (but not necessarily limited to) neuroscience, and an independent research proposal that demonstrates the potential to identify compelling new questions and ideas in neuroscience to be pursued at DANDRITE and with the leverage of existing or developing activities at NeuroCampus Aarhus. Particular weight will be given to scientific proficiency and visionary proposals. We will consider candidates at a level that corresponds to ERC starting grants and the group leaders will be employed as associate professors.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We seek a group leader in neuroscience to establish an independent research program that can both exploit and complement the expertise and research programs of current groups. For this particular call, we encourage candidates with strong programs in mechanism-based investigations and translational perspectives. Research programs can for example investigate protein-protein interaction networks in cell biology underlying intra- or intercellular signaling and function in the normal and diseased brain and its cells using advanced tools of e.g., imaging, chemical biology, single cell technologies, genetics, proteomics and bioinformatics. Group leaders are expected to introduce novel topics and tools, strengthen synergies of on-going DANDRITE research, and build a program at international level that can support also collaborations of interdisciplinary and translational neuroscience at NeuroCampus Aarhus and within Danish neuroscience.

As a group leader you will be offered state-of-the-art laboratory facilities embedded in existing research infrastructures for neuroscience at all levels ranging from structure and function of molecules to advanced imaging, electrophysiology and functional/behavioral studies in transgenic models including for example induced pluripotent stem cells, brain organoids, fruit fly, zebrafish, mouse, and rat. Research at Aarhus University is in close proximity to clinical research at the top-ranked Aarhus University Hospital, and biotech support facilities are available. There will be ample opportunities for training and experience with academic teaching, public outreach, and start-up/translation.

The group leader program follows the EMBL model with a 5-year appointment and the possibility for a 4-year extension for a total of 9 years depending on a review concluding in the fourth year. Candidates are offered a competitive start package of EUR 1.6M for the first five years and further funding can be expected from national and international funding bodies including a strong presence of private foundations in Danish research. Specific support programs are available for collaborations with other neuroscience communities in Denmark and for capital investments on equipment.

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Documents Required

The application must be in English and should include the following:

  • Cover letter summarizing the applicant’s career, past research accomplishments and future plans (max 1 page)
  • CV including the experience with project leadership and student supervision and listing also invited presentations at international meetings and institutions
  • Complete list of publications with the five most significant papers highlighted in a separate list
  • Short research plan (max 5 pages) including also a summary of expected translational impact and potential in neuroscience
  • Names of three references that we can contact.

Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

About the Project/Department

The Nordic EMBL Partnership is a joint venture between the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Universities of Helsinki/Finland, Oslo/Norway, Umea/Sweden and Aarhus/Denmark. The four nodes of the partnership (FIMM/Helsinki, NCMM/Oslo, MIMS/Umea, and DANDRITE/Aarhus) adhere to the EMBL model for research organization, training and evaluation, and are primarily organized by group leader programs. The partnership provides joint access to research infrastructures, including databases, facilities and instrumentation, as well as to clinical materials, networks and training activities.

DANDRITE is established with financial support from the Lundbeck Foundation and is hosted by Aarhus University, an international, top-ranking university. The research scope is on integrative/systems neuroscience and molecular mechanisms of inter- and intracellular networks and molecular trafficking that defines neurobiology, and how these mechanisms are linked and operate in the healthy brain, and how they are altered and can be targeted in brain disorders. Translational studies have a particular focus on neurodegenerative, psychiatric and neurological disorders.

DANDRITE is embedded in a vibrant NeuroCampus Aarhus research community at Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital and encompasses internationally leading research centers and infrastructures in genetics, molecular and clinical medicine, bioimaging, cognitive neuroscience, transgenic animal models, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, nanoscience, and engineering. There are long-standing traditions in studies of for example membrane proteins, molecular neuroscience, brain function and imaging, and more recently also oriented towards circuitry and behavioral modelsDANDRITE encompasses a thriving, international research community with many PhD students and postdocs. Well-established research infrastructure and support including for example cryo-EM, two-photon imaging, and electrophysiology at the cutting edge. Current groups cover a broad range of neuroscience, including circuitry and systems neuroscience of the visual system (Yonehara group), reproductive behavior (von Philipsborn group), decision-making (Kvitsiani group), memory (Nabavi group), neuronal development studied in iPSC and organoid models on Parkinson’s disease (Denham group), molecular and epigenetic basis of neuroplasticity (Kitazawa group), structural neurobiology of ion transporters, receptors and biomembrane ultrastructures (Nissen group), molecular cell biology of intracellular signaling networks involved in Parkinson disease and dementia (Jensen group), and receptor networks and signaling in psychiatric disorders and memory  (Nykjær group). Furthermore, affiliated DANDRITE team leaders (Poulsen, Kjærgaard and Takeuchi groups), and associated investigators (e.g., Capogna, Willnow, Kjems, Radulovic groups) and clinical collaborations with Aarhus University Hospital provide strong synergies and a broad approach in neuroscience at all levels.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Note or Other details

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

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Contact details

Professor Poul Nissen, Director, phone: +45 2899 2295,

Professor Poul Henning Jensen, phone +45 2899 2056,

Professor Anders Nykjær phone +45 2899 2384,

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