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Post doc in structural microbiology at Aarhus, Denmark – Sep 2022


Post doc in structural microbiology with Ph.D. degree in biochemistry, structural biology, or molecular microbiology is available at Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University, Denmark, June 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: 15 August, 2022
Contract Period: 2.5-year
Salary: According to standard norms

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark


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Qualification Details

We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated person with a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry, structural biology, or molecular microbiology with an interest in working on deciphering the mechanism of bacterial carbon-phosphorus lyase using biochemistry and structural methods.The candidate must have:

  • Experience with structure determination by single-particle cryo-electron microscopy.
  • Experience with protein purification, ideally of large complexes and trapping of reaction intermediates.

A successful candidate has

  • A relevant Ph.D. degree and a solid and documented background in structural biology and biochemistry.
  • Experience with purification/biochemistry under anaerobic conditions is an advantage.
  • Experience with microbiology is an advantage.
  • Experience with organic chemistry is an advantage.

Finally, applicants should

  • be ambitious and open-minded.
  • show strong collaborative skills.
  • be able to take initiative and responsibility within a research group.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The position is in the Ditlev E. Brodersen lab, who focus on understanding bacterial defence mechanisms and survival. Carbon-phosphorus lyase is a large enzyme complex required for survival during phosphate starvation by allowing breakdown of stable phosphonate compounds. The successful candidate will join an ambitious team working on deciphering the inner workings of this enzyme complex, including substrate binding and conformational changes that take place during the phosphonate breakdown process with the aim of understanding how some bacteria can break down herbicides and antibiotics. The project requires experience with protein complex purification and structure determination by single particle cryo-EM.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 9177

Application Procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified 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 each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

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About the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Situated in a newly renovated laboratory complex within the University City, The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics comprises a vibrant research and education environment. The department currently has 75 full time scientific staff, 95 PhD students and a yearly uptake of around 160 students housed in the same building ensuring a lively setting.

The department has access to state-of-the-art core facilities, including bioimaging, cryo-EM and biophysics cores.

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.

The city of Aarhus

In Aarhus you have easy access to beautiful nature, an exciting culture and city life as well as a safe environment for children - a great place for the whole family. The city of Aarhus has everything you need within a surprisingly small area: Exciting national and international jobs, delightful residential areas, a rich cultural life, and beautiful surrounding landscape of woods and coastline that make Aarhus a wonderful place to live and work. See “life in Denmark” at Aarhus and surroundings ( for further details on the city and the university.

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What we offer

The department/centre offers:

  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality, and a healthy work-life balance.

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Contact details

For further information, please contact Professor Ditlev Brodersen ([email protected]).

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