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Postdoctoral Researcher in DNA Nanotechnology

Roskilde University
Denmark (DK)
Closing date
7 Aug 2024

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Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as Postdoctoral Researcher in DNA nanotechnology from September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as postdoc is limited to a period of 24 months with a possible extension for an additional 9 months.

The DNA Nanotechnology group explores the potential of DNA as a biocompatible nanomaterial for bioimaging, sensing, and therapeutic delivery for early diagnosis and treatment of diseases.  The postdoc position is available for the current project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation with Pratik Shah as the main PI. The project aims to develop a nanomaterial-mediated approach for the supramolecular assembly of DNA nanostructures for biomedical applications. As the research is at the intersection of biology, chemistry, and nanotechnology, we are seeking an experienced postdoctoral researcher in DNA nanotechnology, preferably with experience in analytical chemistry and/or molecular biology.


Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc’s work will include research within DNA nanotechnology. In addition, a limited amount of teaching is also required in subjects related to the research area.

The ideal candidate is expected to work on the following tasks:

  • Design and assembly of DNA nanostructures.
  • Synthesis, purification, and characterization of nanomaterial using HPLC, gel electrophoresis, and UV/Vis/fluorescence spectroscopy.
  • Evaluate the biostability and toxicity of nanomaterials.
  • Maintenance of cell culture.
  • Experience in using confocal microscopy and/or atomic force microscopy.
  • Preparation of publication drafts and research project management.
  • Teaching/Supervision of BSc, MSc, and PhD students working on related projects.

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent in DNA nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry/Biotechnology, or Chemistry. Excellent command of the spoken and written English language is required. At least one, first author research publication is a prerequisite.

Qualifications within the following scientific areas are required:

  • Strong publication records relevant to the research subject
  • Experience in DNA nanotechnology, analytical chemistry, and/or molecular biology.
  • Prior experience in one or more of the following techniques: HPLC, cell cultures, confocal microscopy, AFM, and optical spectroscopy.
  • Ability to write manuscripts at the publication-ready level.
  • Motivation for interdisciplinary research and willingness to collaborate with colleagues in diverse disciplines.
  • strong oral and scientific writing skills.
  • Motivation and experience in supervision and teaching of students.
  • Ability to work independently and manage research projects.

The ideal candidate shall be enterprising, possess good communication skills, be visible and involved in the department’s daily activities, and be willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to;

  • scientific production and research topic,
  • experience with relevant methods
  • Research perspective and the ability to promote and utilize research results,
  • experience in teaching and education
  • other academic experience
  • ability to contribute to the development of the department’s internal and external cooperation,


About the department
The Department of Science and Environment is one of four departments at Roskilde University. The Department conducts basic and applied research in molecular biology, medical biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and environmental sciences. Bachelor and Master programs are offered within these areas. Research and education within the fields take place in a collaborative and interdisciplinary university environment also spanning collaboration with the other departments covering social sciences and humanities where relevant. The department is organized into four sections comprising research and education activities.

For further information about the postdoc, please contact Assistant Professor Pratik Shah, email:, phone: (+45) 4674 3923 or Dean Susanne Sørensen, email:

Terms of employment
The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week and you will refer to Dean Susanne Sørensen.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  

Application procedure 
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

To apply for the position go to 

Only applications in English are accepted. 

Applications must include: 

1. Cover letter 

2. CV 

3. Documentation of education 

4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here

5. A complete list of publications 

6. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment  

   If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here

Please submit your application no later than 7 August 2024. 

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 


Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

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