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Aarhus, Denmark – PhD Fellowship in Extracellular RNA: Cell-to-Cell Communication over the Bloodstream

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Molecular Biology and Genetics programme.

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General Info

Position: PhD
Fellowship/Scholarship: Natural Sciences - Aarhus University GSNS PhD Scholarships
No. of Positions: 1
Eligibility (Gender):
Eligibile Nationals: All Nationals
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: May 01, 2022
Contract Period: -

Molecular Biology and Genetics programme
Graduate School of Natural Sciences
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus C, Denmark

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Qualification Details

Applicants must have a relevant Bachelor's or Master's degree. Experience in zebrafish research or extracellular vesicles is preferred.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are a new frontier in cell-to-cell communication that is distinct from the canonical lock-and-key principle of signalling by secretory factors such as cytokines and hormones. Of particular interest among EVs' biomolecular cargo is non-coding RNA capable of regulating gene expression in the recipient cells.

A Hallas-Møller Emerging Investigator grant from Novo Nordisk Foundation will support two PhD positions in the coming years for a project on extracellular RNA biology. For this call, we are looking for a PhD candidate on the exploratory phase of the project to identify extracellular RNA that plays a role in intercellular communication.

Our research group employs zebrafish as a model organism for studying blood-borne EVs in a cell type-specific manner. In this project, we aim to decode the RNA languages exchanged between macrophages and endothelial cells under pathophysiological conditions e.g. inflammation during wound angiogenesis.

As an integral part of the project, you will start by learning our zebrafish model of innate immunity through real-time imaging and four-dimensional analysis of cells in live embryos. You will also acquire skills in (cryo-) electron microscopy for tracing the biological fate of EVs. In parallel with the imaging studies, you will carry out bioinformatic analysis of RNA sequencing data to explore extracellular RNA in search of novel therapeutic targets.

For more information about our work, see the group webpage (https://mbg.au.dk/yuya-hayashi/).


How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Before you apply, please read the application guide thoroughly. You can find the guide here.How to apply:

1)      Find the application form:Go to https://phd.nat.au.dk/for-applicants/apply-here/ - Note, the online application system opens on 1 December 2021.Choose February 2022 Call with deadline 1 February 2021 at midnight (23.59 CET).You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme “Molecular Biology and Genetics”.

2)      Fill in the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Academic background
  • Admission
  • Financing (if any): Please choose AU funds
  • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: “Extracellular RNA: Cell-to-Cell Communication over the Bloodstream (ERNACC)”
  • Source (how you found out about the call)

Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

3)      Application attachments:Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

All information in the application must be in English or Danish, preferably English. A certified English translation is required for documents written in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) languages.

As a minimum, all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, and no zip):

  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Motivation (max. 1 page)
  • One reference (template for references)
  • Transcripts, grade point averages (weighted and unweighted), and diploma(s) for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. If the original documents are not in English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) then copies of the original documents as well as a certified English translation must be attached.
  • Project description (½-4 pages). For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. When - as here - you apply for a specific project, please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
  • Documentation of language skills if required.

After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed.

About the Natural Sciences - Aarhus University GSNS PhD Scholarships

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About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Note or Other details

The graduate school reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:

  • Request additional information to verify an application.
  • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made.
  • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSNS Application Guide.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. 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.

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Contact details

Applicants seeking further information for this project are invited to contact:Assistant Professor Yuya Hayashi, yuya.hayashi@mbg.au.dk

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