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PostDoc positions in RNA research

Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus, Midtjylland (DK)
Closing date
12 May 2024

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Biomedicine, Chemistry, Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term
The Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) at Aarhus University invites applications for two-three 2-year postdoc positions offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a research project on developing RNA therapeutics.

The starting date is July 1st 2024, as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
We are looking for candidates to join our interdisciplinary research team evolving around nanotechnology, RNA biology and RNA therapeutics. The postdoc candidates will contribute to projects within circRNA research, including circRNA biogenesis and function in development and disease, and RNA therapeutics with a focus on metabolic diseases.

Your profile
Applicants must hold a PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related field, accompanied by a strong track record of achievements.

The candidates are expected to have a strong background in RNA biology, including relevant experimental techniques. Previous experience in areas such as circRNAs, translation assays, RNA therapeutics, as well as familiarity with NGS and ONT approaches, will be advantageous. Additionally, the candidate should exhibit strong project management skills.

Effective communication skills in English, both written and verbal, are essential.

Who we are
iNANO, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (, was established in 2002 and at present is a major research and education center based at Aarhus University hosting 60 senior scientists, ~100 postdocs and ~160 PhD students (located at Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C).
The center combines expertise from the disciplines including physics, chemistry, molecular biology and medicine to carry out world class interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The centre gives access to a broad range of infrastructure, tools and expertise.

The positions will be embedded in RNA-META, Centre for RNA Therapeutics towards Metabolic Diseases (, founded by Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Contact information
Further information about the position please contact Professor Jørgen Kjems:


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.

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.

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.

At the Faculty of Natural Science at Aarhus University, we strive to support our scientific staff in their career development. We focus on competency development and career clarification and want to make your opportunities transparent. On our website, you can find information on all types of scientific positions, as well as the entry criteria we use when assessing candidates. You can also read more about how we can assist you in your career planning and development.

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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