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Postdoc in muscle cell biology and protein turnover

Aarhus Universitet (AU)

The Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Postdoc in the field of muscle cell biology and protein turnover as per 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter (starting date is negotiable). The position is a fixed-term full-time position for 3 years.

The Department of Biomedicine prioritises diversity and a vibrant work environment, as this is a prerequisite for ground-breaking research. In a dynamic and international research environment, dedicated employees are looking to generate new knowledge within biomedical research areas such as infection and inflammation, membranes, neuroscience and personalised medicine. The Department of Biomedicine provides research-based teaching of the highest quality and is responsible for a large part of the medical degree programme. Academic staff contribute to the teaching. English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars. The department employs approx. 500 people from all over the world, and they make use of the department's modern laboratory-, core- and animal facilities. The Department of Biomedicine focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration with business and industry, and numerous researchers from the department have established companies to develop new medicinal treatments founded in strong scientific basic research. You can read more about the department here and about the faculty here. About the research project
The research project investigates functions of E3 ubiquitin ligases for the development of motor neurons and skeletal muscles, as well as their specialized interface, the neuromuscular junction. E3 ligases are enzymes of the ubiquitin proteasome system that modify substrate proteins with the small ubiquitin protein. Depending on the type of modification (e.g. mono- vs. poly-ubiquitylation), ubiquitylated substrates may be funnelled to the proteasome for degradation, or may be subjected to other fates in the cell (e.g. subcellular targeting, cellular signalling). Of specific interest are roles played by cullin-3 based E3 ubiquitin ligases, their associated binding partners, and substrates. The project also seeks to uncover links of cullin-3 E3 ligase dysfunction to the development of neuromuscular diseases. Your job responsibilities
As Postdoc in muscle cell biology and protein turnover, 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.

Your main tasks will consist of:

  • Independent research of high international quality, including publication and grant applications.
  • Support of ongoing research projects in the laboratory.
  • Help in the supervision of at least one PhD student or junior scientist in the lab.
  • Help in the organization of the laboratory and relevant meetings.
  • Present our work at national and international meetings, conferences, or workshops.
  • You may also be asked to support teaching activities.

You will report to Dr. Stephan Lange, and the Head of Department for Biomedicine. Your competences
You have academic qualifications at PhD level, preferably within one or more of the following areas: Biomedical Research, Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Muscle Physiology and/or Bioinformatics. Expertise in muscle physiology (e.g. treadmill running of rodents, twitch parameter analysis), spatial transcriptomics and/or other NGS techniques, cell biology (cell culture of satellite cells, immunofluorescence, imaging) and biochemistry (standard RNA, DNA and protein analyses, proteomics) is advantageous. Experience with animal work (rodent models) is desirable.

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.
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 Dr. Stephan Lange by email: [email protected] or phone +46 76-621 08 65.

Further information about work in the laboratory can be found on the lab website.

Your place of work will be the Department of Biomedicine, Skou Building, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 10, C. F. Møllers Allé 6, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

We expect to conduct interviews from February onwards.

Terms of employment

  • Appointment as a postdoc requires academic qualifications at PhD level.
  • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
  • The appointment is in accordance with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne).
  • Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health.
  • The yearly base salary for a fulltime postdoc is between DKK 475.113,77 and DKK 528.595,68 depending on the years of working experience after achieved MSc degree. The base salary includes a position related supplement and pension (17.1 %). Additional supplement(s) for special qualifications can be negotiated. Authorisation supplemement(s) will be granted, if relevant for the position. Your local eligible trade union representative at Aarhus University negotiates your salary on your behalf.
  • Researchers recruited from abroad are offered a special researcher tax scheme with a lower tax rate.
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff

Your application must include the following:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • Template for applicant - postdoc
  • 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 (optional)
  • Strategic research plan can be uploaded (optional)
  • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded (optional)
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system (optional)

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.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants. Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.
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/

Ansøgningsfrist: 20.12.2022

Placering: Aarhus C Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 10

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