Research Assistant - Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

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Deadline- 15 Sep 23:59 CEST

Expected start- 1 Jan

  • Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics – Cellular Health, Intervention, and NutritionUniversitetsbyen 818000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2025ID: 12534

Applications are invited for a fulltime two-year research assistant position in Daan van Aalten laboratory at the Department of Molecular, biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark. 

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a two-year position from January 1st 2024.This is a fixed-term position to end on December 31st 2025.  

Job description

You will be part of an international and dynamic team and contribute to the characterisation of new genetically modified mice lines. 

  • You will be in charge of the mice colony management.
  • You will be responsible of the genotyping and sequencing of the whole animal mice lines.
  • You will be responsible for the redaction of all the animal experiment permits, breeding and project plans and serve as a liaison with the animal staff and veterinarians and Danish regulatory agency (Dyreforsøgstilsynet).
  • Performing variated behavioral tests, tissue and body fluid collection and substance administration.
  • These activities will be in close collaboration with the animal unit, the Daan Van Aalten laboratory and other services (workshop, IT and HS).
  • You will be working closely and report to the postdoctoral researchers in charge of the projects
  • You can be implicated in other laboratory tasks including western blotting, histology and tissue culture.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a Master’s Degree in biology, neuroscience or similar.Requirements:

  • Animal experimentation license (FELASA category C, EU functions A, B and D and Danish legislation).
  • Good knowledge in mouse physiology, animal welfare, 3Rs, European and Danish legislation.
  • Strong experience in mice colony management.
  • Strong experience with mice model, handling, administration (IV, IP, SC, PO, IM), sampling (tail, saphenous vein, submandibular) and tissue collection.
  • Flexibility in working hours, including weekends depending on the studies
  • Experienced in behavioural studies (compulsive disorders, coordination & locomotion, memory and anxiety tests) and early development assessment in juvenile animals.
  • Good knowledge in animal video tracking system (i.e. Any-Maze software) including camera settings, protocol conception, data analysis and troubleshooting.
  • Previous experience in the use and data analysis of DVC System from Techniplast is an advantage

Candidates should have the following personal skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to details.
  • A methodological approach to work, and exceptional organisational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, with limited direction, and within a team environment.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written). Good knowledge of Danish is an advantage.

Who we are

The postdoc will be affiliated to the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University and comprises research within the areas of Plant Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, RNA Biology and Innovation, Protein Science, Cellular Health, Intervention and Nutrition. There are currently 75 full time scientific staff and 95 PhD students. The department is responsible for two educations: Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine with a yearly uptake of 160 students in total.

Please refer to for further information about The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and to and for information on Faculty of Natural Sciences and Aarhus University, respectively. 

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Universitetsbyen 81, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.  

Contact information

For further information, please contact: Professor, Daan van Aalten,


Applications must be received no later than September 15th 2023. 

Application procedure

Short-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation 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 Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website. 

Questions about the position?

Daan van Aalten

Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics – Cellular Health, Intervention, and

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre – Nat-Tech HR

Deadline: Friday 15 Sep 2023 at 23:59 CEST