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Research assistant position in Center of Excellence in Functional Genomics and Tissue Plasticity ...

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Odense, Fyn (DK)
Closing date
29 Apr 2024

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Biomedicine, Life Science
Job Type
Research Assistant
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Center for Functional Genomics and Tissue Plasticity (ATLAS) invites applications from outstanding candidates who are interested in joining our team to work on cellular and molecular aspects of adipose tissue plasticity. The research associate will work in the Mandrup group, Section for Functional Genomics and Metabolism, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The position is available from August 15, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Research projects and roles
The research associate will work with other members in the Mandrup group to uncover cellular and molecular aspects of adipocyte plasticity in mice and humans, focusing on the molecular mechanisms driving in vivo adipocyte differentiation. We use a range of technologies including single cell technologies, fluorescence-activated cell sorting, cell culture and bioimaging.
As a research associate you will be expected to lead the project on in vivo adipogenesis and co-supervise students on this project.

Research environment
The Functional Genomics & Metabolism Research Unit
The Mandrup Group is located in the Functional Genomics & Metabolism Research Unit, at Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, SDU. The research unit currently hosts seven independent research groups focusing on various aspects of gene regulatory mechanisms controlling cellular identity, differentiation, and metabolism. The research unit constitutes an international, ambitious, highly dynamic, and well-equipped working environment. The unit and the department have state-of-the-art facilities for next generation sequencing, single-cell transcriptomics, flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, metabolomics, bioimaging and transgenic mouse work. Strategic research alliances exist with Odense University Hospital (OUH).
The Center for Functional Genomics and Tissue Plasticity (ATLAS)

The Center for Functional Genomics and Tissue Plasticity (ATLAS) is a Center of Excellence headed by Professor Susanne Mandrup and funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. ATLAS is hosted by the Functional Genomics & Metabolism Research Unit (FGM) at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), SDU. ATLAS is a highly ambitious and interdisciplinary project with the overarching aim to obtain systems-level, mechanistic and cell type-resolved understanding of adipose and hepatic tissue plasticity in response to severe obesity and weight loss. The center applies a combination of functional genomics approaches, including single cell sequencing technologies, proteomics, in vivo targeting, and computational biology to study tissue plasticity in both mouse models and human biopsies.

Expected qualifications/requirements
We are looking for a highly motivated, dedicated, and ambitious candidate with:

  • A PhD degree in Life Science, preferable Molecular Biology, Biomedicine, or Computational Biology
  • Experience with research in the field of transcriptional regulation
  • Documented experience with cell biology or NGS data analysis
  • At least one first-author publication in a relevant journal in the field
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills and a desire to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
We offer:
  • A two-year research associate position in a stimulating and supportive, international research environment
  • Training in a wide range of skills including leadership, research management, communication, networking, presentations, writing of grants and manuscripts etc.
  • Mentoring and career development
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment, facilities, and infrastructure
  • Opportunity to interact with an extensive network of national and international collaborators
  • A competitive salary and social benefits (e.g. health coverage, parental leave, social security etc.)
  • Dedicated assistance and support with various practical, social, and legal aspects (housing, visa, administration, tax etc.), especially for international candidates through our international staff office (ISO) and department

Application deadline: 29 April 2024 at 23:59 hours local Danish time.

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