Postdoc position in engineering intrinsically disordered proteins for biotechnology

Website Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus Universitet

Aarhus University invites applications for a postdoc position in the use intrinsically disordered proteins in biotechnology at DANDRITE – the Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience, at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University.

The position is funded by The Villum Foundation, and is initially for two years with the possibility of extension. The starting date is January first 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
Many intrinsically disordered proteins self-assemble into micrometer-sized droplets by liquid-liquid phase separation. Through-out biology, such droplets serve as membrane-less organelles that compartmentalize biochemical reactions to control the local reaction environments and boost the efficiency of biochemical reactions. This project aims to engineer self-assembling IDPs to act as hosts for enzyme biotechnology.

Your profile
The candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in molecular biology, chemistry, biology, nanoscience or similar, and a good track record. Experience with some of the following techniques is required: Recombinant protein expression, protein purification, enzyme assays, NMR spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy.  Experience working with intrinsically disordered proteins is an advantage, but not an absolute requirement.

The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE)
The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE) is the Danish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. DANDRITE was established by Lundbeckfonden and Aarhus University in 2013 and performs basic and translational research in brain and the nervous system.

Place of work and area of Employment
The place of work is Gustav Wieds Vej 10C, 8000 Aarhus C and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information
For further information contact Assistant Professor Magnus Kjærgaard

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. 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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