Postdoc or Researcher Position in Aarhus University Denmark

Postdoc position to study grafting and long-distance signaling in plants at Aarhus, Denmark, Mar-2022.


Postdoctoral researcher position  to investigate long-distance signaling in tomato, a model fruit crop that is ideal for grafting studies and to identify graft-transmissible molecules controlling key agronomic traits that are relevant to climate change and food security is available for applicants with doctoral degree at the Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, Denmark- March 2022.

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General Info

Position: Post Doctoral Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 33 Months
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Food Science

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark


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Qualification Details

  • PhD in plant physiology, plant biochemistry, plant biology or any other related field.
  • Strong background and hands-on experience in liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (especially in peptide analysis) as well as molecular biology (e.g., qPCR).
  • Solid knowledge in statistics.
  • Experience in handling RNA-sequencing data will be advantageous but not essential.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to plan and conduct research independently.
  • Experimental accuracy and critical thinking.
  • Good writing and oral skills in English.

Training will be provided in certain techniques, depending on qualifications.

Responsibilities/Job Description

You will work in collaboration with the PI and a technician in the laboratory and the glasshouse to identify graft-transmissible molecules controlling key agronomic traits that are relevant to climate change and food security. We use an integrative approach that combines plant physiology, analytical chemistry, protein mass spectrometry and next-generation sequencing to identify and characterize the molecular signals and underlying mechanisms controlling graft-transmissible phenotypes. This knowledge will then be used to develop tools that improve the performance of fruit crops in the field.Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Perform grafting experiments and analyze physiological and agronomic traits.
  • Develop methods for the analysis of peptides and hormones.
  • Analyze RNA-sequencing data as well as perform statistical analysis for all data.
  • Document experiments.
  • Publish papers in international peer-reviewed journals and present in scientific conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Train graduate students, if needed.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 8321

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

The Department of Food Science is part of the Faculty of Technology, Aarhus University, and includes research across the food value chain within the areas of Plant Production Systems, Biofunctional Food, Systems Biology, Food Chemistry and Technology, Food Quality, Food Metabolomics and Sensory Science. The Department currently employs approximately 60 full-time scientific staff and 50 PhD candidates and postdocs. Our staff together with the students and visiting scientists contribute to a diverse, international research environment where English is the preferred language in meetings, seminars and labs.Read more about the Department of Food Science at

What we offer

  • Opportunity to work in an independent research project.
  • Dedicated mentoring and a career development plan to foster strong career possibilities.
  • Access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure and modern glasshouse facilities.
  • Opportunity to work in a supportive and international working environment.

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Contact details

For further information please contact the principal investigator Asst. Prof. Antonios Petridis, [email protected].

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