Aarhus University (AU)

Postdoc positions in HIV cure research

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus, Denmark

The Department of Clinical Medicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University (AU) in collaboration with the Department of Infectious Diseases at Aarhus University Hospital (AUH) invites applications for three postdoc positions in the field of HIV cure research as per 1 May 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The positions are fixed-term full-time positions of three years duration with possibilities of one-year extensions.

As a postdoc at the Department of Clinical Medicine, you will be part of what is probably the largest health science research department in Denmark. Our clinical research covers all the medical specialities and takes place in close collaboration with the university hospital and the regional hospitals in the Central Denmark Region. We have approx. 30,000 square metres of modern research facilities for experimental surgery and medicine, animal facilities and advanced scanners at our disposal. The department has overall responsibility for the Master’s degree programs in medicine and in molecular medicine. At the department, we are approx. 425 academic employees and the same number of PhD students cooperating across disciplines. As a postdoc, you will be working on Aarhus University Hospital or another hospital in the Central Denmark Region. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here.

About the research project
The three postdoc positions are associated with a larger research program focused on the development of a successful HIV-1 cure strategy. HIV-1 persists in infected individuals despite antiretroviral therapy. This persistent HIV-1 (e.g. transcriptionally silent or latent intact proviral DNA in memory CD4+ T cells) causes viral rebound if therapy is interrupted. Therefore, our lab and clinical research unit are actively pursuing novel strategies to eradicate persistent HIV-1. Included in these trials are evaluations of monoclonal broadly neutralizing antibodies as well as immune surveillance reactivation (ISR) agents.

Each successful candidate will work on independent research projects with the specific aim of identifying biomarkers for post treatment control and cure, which can potentially be used for future drug development. These projects include aspects of project design and management, as well as independent student supervision. Both projects represent collaborative efforts by the Department of Clinical Medicine, AU, and Department of Infectious Diseases, AUH Skejby.

Your job responsibilities
As Postdoc in HIV cure research your position is primarily research-based but may also involve teaching assignments. You will contribute to the development of the department through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with colleagues on your project, where you will receive supervision and guidance.

Each successful candidate will work on independent research projects with the specific aim of identifying biomarkers for post treatment control and cure which can potentially be used for future drug development. These projects include aspects of project design and management, as well as independent student supervision. Both projects represent collaborative efforts by the Department of Clinical Medicine, AU, and Department of Infectious Diseases, AUH Skejby.

You will report to associate professor Ole Schmeltz Søgaard.

Your competences
You have academic qualifications at PhD level, preferably within one or more of the following areas: i.e. molecular biology, immunology or virology.

As a person, you are ambitious, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills. We expect you to be fluent in oral and written English. Furthermore, applicants are expected:

  • To have published as first author in respected peer-reviewed journals
  • To be experienced in biosafety class 2 lab work or have expertise in single-cell transcriptional profiling
  • To have experience with phylogenetic analyses and/or advanced flow cytometry
  • To have experience with standard methods in cellular and molecular biology
  • To be eager to meet the challenge of developing these projects to the highest international scientific standards

In order to be assessed as qualified for a Postdoc position, you must meet these academic criteria.

Shortlisting will be used.

Questions about the position
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate professor Ole Schmeltz Søgaard, MD PhD (phone: +45 27 21 59 85).

Your place of work will be the Department of Clinical Medicine, Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 99, Denmark-8200 Aarhus N.

Terms of employment
Application
Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
  • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system
  • Template for applicant – postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants.

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in its statement. In such cases, you will be informed and obliged to submit material, unless your application is withdrawn.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

International applicant?
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here. Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Development Programme. 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 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Deadline:
04 March 2020

Please apply via recruiter’s website.