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Research Assistant at Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus, Midtjylland (DK)
Closing date
28 Dec 2023

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Biomedicine, Life Science
Job Type
Research Assistant
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term
Applications are invited for a one-year research assistant position in Daan van Aalten laboratory at the Department of Molecular, Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Expected start date and duration of employment
This is a one-year position from 15 January 2024 or as soon as possible.

Job description
You will be part of an international and dynamic team to develop RNA aptamers that recognise mono-glycosylated proteins .
  • close collaboration the van Aalten and Valero laboratories and other services (workshop, IT and HS).
  • You will be working closely and report to the postdoctoral researchers in charge of the projects
  • You can be implicated in other laboratory tasks including western blotting, histology and tissue culture.

Your profile
Applicants should hold a Master’s Degree in an area of the life sciences and have already at least 1 year experience as RA.

  • Previous experience in SELEX and the biology of intracellular monoglycosylation

Candidates should have the following personal skills:
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to details.
  • A methodological approach to work, and exceptional organisational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, with limited direction, and within a team environment.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written). Danish language skills to at least A2B module 4 are required.

Who we are
The postdoc will be affiliated to the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University and comprises research within the areas of Plant Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, RNA Biology and Innovation, Protein Science, Cellular Health, Intervention and Nutrition. There are currently 75 full time scientific staff and 95 PhD students. The department is responsible for two educations: Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine with a yearly uptake of 160 students in total.

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.

Place of work and area of employment
The place of work is Universitetsbyen 81, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

If there is more than one place of work, use the following text:

Place of work and area of employment
The position includes two permanent workplace addresses in Aarhus. The attendance at each workplace address is by agreement with your immediate supervisor. At the time of employment, the distribution between the workplace addresses is expected to be days with place of employment in Aarhus and days with place of employment in . In Aarhus the place of work is . In the place of work is . The area of employment is Aarhus University with affiliated institutions.

Contact information
For further information, please contact: Professor, Daan van Aalten,

Applications must be received no later than 28 December 2023.

Application procedure
Short-listing is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks 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 will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected 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.

Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences 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 Taxation 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 Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

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.

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

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,300 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 935 million. Learn more at

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