Postdoc position in protein characterization using mass spectrometry 1012859

Postdoc position in protein characterization using mass spectrometry 1012859

Aarhus University

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, invites applications for a three years postdoc position in the group of Professor Jan J. Enghild. The position is part of the projects “The window of the eye, Cornea dystrophy, maintaining transparency” funded by the VELUX FOUNDATION and “Investigating the role of human periostin in healthy skin and severe eczema” funded by the LEO Foundation. The two paralogous proteins, TGFBIp and periostin, have been shown to be involved in the development of these diseases. Mutations in TGFBIp lead to protein accumulation in corneal dystrophic corneas while increased expression of periostin is linked to severe eczema. The primary focus of both projects is to understand the basic pathobiology of the disorders by investigating the function of these proteins in health and disease.

The position is available from 1 February 2019.

The applicant will use advanced mass spectrometry, classical biochemical techniques and protein crystallization for x-ray crystallography as tools for protein characterization.

In addition, the position includes involvement in various minor projects simultaneously. Furthermore, teaching and daily supervising of students at different levels will also be part of the position.

Furthermore, the position includes participation in writing and applying for external funding to maintain and develop ongoing activities in the laboratory.

The candidate should have obtained a PhD degree within the field of protein characterization using classical biochemical techniques. In addition, the applicant should also be able to use advanced mass spectrometry and preferably be trained in protein crystallization for x-ray crystallography. Furthermore, the candidate should be skilled in protein purification. The candidate should possess a PhD degree and must document a strong research record and knowledge in the field of protein purification, protein characterization, and mass spectrometry.

  • A PhD degree in the fields of protein chemistry and molecular biology
  • Experience in classic protein chemistry
  • Experience in advanced mass spectrometry (preferably AB Sciex MS instruments)
  • Experience in protein crystallization
  • Experience in supervising and teaching would be a merit
  • Experience in cornea proteins science would be a merit
  • Successful experience in applying for external funding would be a merit

Place of work and area of employment
The place of work is Gustav Wieds Vej 10C, DK-8000 Aarhus C., and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. The place of work is in “The laboratory of proteome analysis and protein characterization” led by Professor Jan J. Enghild at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

You can read more about the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at

For further information please contact Professor Jan J. Enghild (

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 Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

All applications must be made online and received by 25 November 2018.

Please apply online here

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