We are seeking applicants for a postdoc position in structural biology to join us at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics for pursuing structure determination of a receptor-ligand complex.
Starting Date and Period
The position is for a starting period of 2 years and is available from 1st September 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.
The project concerns structural studies of immunoglobulin E (IgE ) and its receptors to clarify how antibody binding to receptors elicits immune responses. The structural targets are complexes of recombinant IgE antibodies and recombinant IgE receptors. Nanobody development may be used for target modulation and stabilization. Structure determination will take advantage of single particle cryo-EM. Grid screening and data collection will take place at local Titan Krios microscopes and international facilities like eBIC. An excellent computational infrastructure for single particle EM data processing is available through a common computational cluster.
Applicants should hold a PhD in molecuar biology, biochemistry, nanotechnology, biomedicine or related field.
Candidates with experience in membrane protein purification and single particle EM will be preferred, but prior experience with other structural biology techniques is also considered positive.
Applicants should be self-driven and capable of planning and conducting own research while willing to collaborate closely in an international team. Good communication skills in written and spoken English language are essential, and candidates should have a good publication record with clear contributions as first author. The maintenance of a complete digital laboratory journal will be mandatory.
Who we are
The project is carried out in an interdisciplinary collaboration between the two research team of Professor Gregers Rom Andersen (structural biology) and Associcate professor Edzard Spillner (allergy and antibody technology). The teams are located nearby enabling daily collaborative efforts and fast communication and frequent informal discussions.
What we offer
The successful candidate is offered:
- Access to a well-equipped research infrastructure for protein expression and protein purification in the two research teams.
- Membership of a large structural biology community formed by 8 individual groups with >60 active students, postdocs, and group leaders with a proven track record for excellence spanning more than 20 years.
- Access to 300 kV Titan microscopes, an existing with a Gatan K2 detector and a new with a K3 detector. There is also access to negative stain EM for sample optimization on a Technai microscope
- a research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
- a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists and social activities
- a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance
Place of Work
The place of work is Gustav Wiedsvej 10C DK8000 Aarhus and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.
Further information about the position may be obtained from / For further information please contact Professor Gregers Rom Andersen, email@example.com, phone +45 30256646.
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
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 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.
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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 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 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/
22 June 2020