Aarhus University (AU)

Postdoc in Biomolecular Drug Designs

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in “Biomolecular Drug Designs” at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University Denmark.

The position is available from 1st September 2019 to the 1st September 2020 with the possibility of an extension of employment.

Research area and project description
Human serum albumin is an endogenous transport protein that exhibits a long circulatory half-life due to engagement with the cellular recycling neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) (Journal of Biological Chemistry (2017), 292 (32), 13312-13322) that can be utilised for improving the pharmacokinetics of drugs. We have utilised double stranded oligonucleotides (Molecular Therapy Nucleic Acids (2017), 9:284-293) and branched nucleic acid scaffolds to allow attachment of drugs and imaging agents to albumin. A focus of the project will be to attach nanobodies to albumins by chemical conjugation and genetic fusion. The postdoc project within the Novo Nordisk Foundation funded Center for Multifunctional Biomolecular Drug Design (CEMBID) will be focused on protein production, screening and investigating cellular interactions of the modular assemblies in vitro and in vivo for improved imaging and treatment of cancer and atherosclerosis.

Qualifications and specific competences
Candidates should have a PhD and a background in protein engineering and molecular biology, preferably experience with antibodies.

Place of Employment and Place of Work:
iNANO, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (inano.au.dk), was established in 2002 and at present is a major research and education center based at the University of Aarhus hosting 60 senior scientists, ~100 PostDocs and ~160 PhD students. The center combines expertise and faculty from Physics, Chemistry, Molecular biology and Medicine to carry out world class interdisciplinary research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The center gives access to a broad range of infrastructure, tools and expertise including clean-room facilities.

The place of work is Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

For further information please contact: Associate Professor, Ken Howard, +4587155831, kenh@inano.au.dk

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.

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 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at www.au.dk/en


01 August 2019

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