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Postdoctoral Researcher Job – Cell Biology of Protein Trafficking, Biomedicine

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Aarhus University invites applications for a Postdoctoral researcher Job in the field of cell biology of Protein Trafficking, Molecular Biology at The Department of Biomedicine, Faculty of Health, Denmark – Oct 2021


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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Job
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Dec 01, 2021 
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 486,969 DKK/Year

Epithelial biology and membrane transport research group
Department of Biomedicine
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus C,

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Qualification Details

You have academic qualifications at PhD level, preferably within one or more of the following areas: physiology, cell biology, biochemistry or molecular biology. Candidate should have prior documented experience with cell culture, biochemical techniques (including ELISA, protein purification), immunocytochemistry (including semi-quantitative confocal imaging), western blotting, and qRT-PCR. Experience with CRISRR-Cas9 biology in animal/cell models is considered a distinct advantage. The successful candidate must demonstrate a drive and capacity to work independently within a larger research group, supervise students and to develop this specific research field. Previous experience in the development of grant applications is also recognized.

As a person, you are ambitious, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English.

In order to be assessed as qualified for a Postdoc position, you must meet these academic criteria.

Shortlisting will be used.

Responsibilities/Job Description

As Postdoc in cell biology your position is primarily research-based but may also involve teaching assignments. You will contribute to the development of the department through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with colleagues on your project, where you will receive supervision and guidance. You will be encouraged and helped to gain independent research funding.Your main tasks will consist of:

  • Independent research of high international quality, including publication.
  • Guidance and training of Bachelor’s, Master's and PhD students.
  • Some degree of contribution towards attracting external research funding.
  • Writing/contributing to manuscript/grant preparation

You will report to the Professor Robert A. Fenton (robert.a.fenton@biomed.au.dk) tel.: (+45) 87167671.

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: 6975
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

Your application must include the following:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted
  • Template for applicant - postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’
  • Strategic research plan can be uploaded
  • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

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.

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.

About the Project

The successful candidate will join a large, dynamic, internationally recognized epithelial biology and membrane transport research group headed by Prof. Robert Fenton (https://pure.au.dk/portal/en/rofe@ana.au.dk). The research centers around the molecular regulation of specific membrane proteins involved in ion and water transport, with the aim to decipher the role of these proteins in diseases such as hypertension, chronic kidney disease diabetes and water/electrolyte disorders. The research is multidisciplinary, using techniques such as proteomics/transcriptomics/bioinformatics, cell biology, high-resolution imaging, animal models and lies at the interface between clinical/basic science. For recent publications see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1XoIpVeM3d_k9/bibliography/public/

The research project will use a range of in vitro and in vivo techniques to investigate how G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) signal via their Gβγ dimer to facilitate regulated membrane protein trafficking (aquaporins used as model membrane proteins). The project will provide fundamental new knowledge for how GPCRs convey their intracellular effects and it has the potential of uncovering fundamental new mechanisms for GPCR-mediated protein trafficking. The successful candidate will use/learn high-resolution imaging techniques, CRISPR-Cas9 mediated gene editing of cells and mice, various biochemical approaches, and microscale thermophoresis during the project.

About the Biomedicine Department

The Department employs some 450 people and covers a range of research areas within Biomedicine. We contribute to the Bachelor’s degree programs in medicine, molecular medicine, odontology and the Master’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and medical chemistry. Our infrastructure is well developed with modern laboratories, core and animal facilities. You will work either in the brand new ‘Skou Building’ or similar as we are in the process of modernizing our old facilities. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)


Your place of work will be the Department of Biomedicine South, Wilhelm Meyers Allé 3, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

We expect to conduct interviews week beginning 18 October 2021.

Terms of employment

  • Appointment as a postdoc requires academic qualifications at PhD level.
  • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
  • The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health.
  • The yearly base salary for a fulltime postdoc position with minimum 3 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree is DKK 486,969.17 or DKK 512,713.62 with minimum 4 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree. The base salary includes a position related supplement and pension (17.1 %). Additional supplement(s) for special qualifications can be negotiated. Authorisation supplemement(s) will be granted, if relevant for the position. Your local eligible trade union representative at Aarhus University negotiates your salary on your behalf.
  • Researchers recruited from abroad are offered a special researcher tax scheme with a lower tax rate.
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the.Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff

International applicant

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here. Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Development Programme. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Robert A. Fenton (robert.a.fenton@biomed.au.dk) tel.: (+45) 87167671. (see https://potassium-bloodpressure.org/lab-member/robert-a-fenton/)

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