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Postdoc Position in Biological Ice Nucleating Particles in the Arctic at Aarhus University, Denmark Apr-2022


Postdoc Position in Biological Ice Nucleating Particles in the Arctic have an opportunity to work on Arctic environmental samples, model species of microorganisms and purified ice Ice-Nucleating Proteins with PhD degrees in Atmospheric physics or related fields is available at The Department of Biology at Aarhus University, Denmark April-2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: 1 August 2022
Contract Period: 2 years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Biology

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark


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Qualification Details

  • Applicants should hold a PhD degrees in Atmospheric physics or related fields.
  • Applicants should have previous experience with dropletfreezing assays and/or other techniques to characterize ice-nucleating particles.
  • Qualifications within ice nucleation of biological particles / hightemperature-range ice-nucleation are an advantage.
  • Experience in polar research and with fieldwork in polar regions are an advantage.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Capacity and strong interest for interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • Ability to work on several parallel projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a research team.
  • Interest in supervising students and participation in course teaching.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The postdoc will have a leading role in investigating the activity of Ice-Nucleating Proteins from environmental samples and laboratory produced samples. We are looking for a talented and motivated researcher with a background in ice nucleation, atmospheric physics or related fields. The postdoc will have an opportunity to work on Arctic environmental samples, model species of microorganisms and purified ice Ice-Nucleating Proteins available in our group. The research will involve using cold-stage (droplet-freezing) assays for quantitative and qualitative studies of  Ice-Nucleating Proteins. The postdoc will also be in charge of organizing and carrying out fieldwork in the Arctic (and/or Antarctic). Finally, the postdoc will complement experimental data with modelling based on classical nucleation theory. The selected applicant will be encouraged to obtain skills in science leadership, teaching, mentoring and project management.

The project is funded by the Villum Foundation (“The Effects of Ice Nucleation Proteins on Arctic Clouds (ICARUS)", Villum Young Investigator Program). This project will be carried out in close collaboration with 2 other postdoctoral researchers, 3 PhD students and several senior scientists with backgrounds in  atmosphere science, physical chemistry, weather and climate modeling, microbiology, microbial ecology, structural molecular biology, and engineering. Project collaborators include Dr. Susan Hartmann (Tropos, DE), Dr. Alexei Kiselev (KIT, DE), Prof. Merete Bilde (AU, DK), Dr. Erik  Thomson (Uni Gothemburg, SE) and Prof. Annica Ekman (Stockholm Uni, SE).

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 8368

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.

About the Department

The PostDoc will be affiliated to the Department of Biology, Microbiology  Section, and will collaborate with the Atmospheric Physical Chemistry group and  SurfLab at the Department for Chemistry,  the group of  Atmospheric modeling at the Department of Environmental Science, engineers at the Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering and structural biologists at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

The Department of Biology ( hosts research programs and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. The Department currently employs approximately 140 academic and technical staff and 40 PhD students. The Department hosts BSc and MSc study programs with close to 400 students enrolled as well as a PhD program. The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with long-standing traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite.  The working language is English, and we welcome applications from women and men of all backgrounds.

Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at The campus of Aarhus University is located in a beautiful park close to the city center (population 300.000). Life quality and time allocation to family life in Denmark is high, and international research often reports highest scores in terms of life satisfaction.

The Section for Microbiology is one of Europe’s leading research environments for microbial ecology, where we study microbial physiology, evolution, ecology, and biogeochemistry. The development and integration of microbiological, molecular biological and biogeochemical methods, micro sensor technology, and physical-chemical analyses has contributed to the strong research profile of the section in microbiology and microbial ecology. This spectrum of methods ensures research at all biological levels, from single cells to microbial communities, ecosystems, and the role of microorganisms in the global element and water cycles.

The group for aeromicrobiology ( has been a partner in the Atmospherica network (, which provides strong interdisciplinary connections, both on and off campus, to research groups studying atmospheric aerosols from the perspective of physical chemistry, interface chemistry, physics, atmospheric modelling,  environmental microbiology, molecular and structural biology, health and engineering.

Our group is also associated with interdisciplinary polar and climate research centres: The Arctic Research Centre ( and The iCLIMATE Aarhus University Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change (

About the Employer:

The successful candidate is offered:

  • A diverse and exciting position in an international, cross disciplinary working environment.
  • Access to a state of the art research infrastructure at the departments and at the campus, including coldstage setups,  Cold Room Smog chamber, Sea Spray Tank, the National Cryoelectron-microscopy Facility, SRCD, SAXS and SFG facilities, NextGeneration sequencing instrumentation and the Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting Core Facility…
  • A research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research, both at the Section for Microbiology ( and within the interdisciplinary field of aeromicrobiology, involving researchers from  atmospheric physics and chemistry,  engineering, atmospheric modelling, environmental microbiology, molecular and structural biology and health.
  • A possibility to get involved in teaching and supervising BSc, MSc and PhD student projects.
  • A working environment with teamwork, close working relations, networking and social activities among young scientists.
  • A workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy worklife balance.

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Contact details

Asst. Prof. Tina  Šantl-Temkiv, +45 2988 6984, [email protected]

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