Academic Positions

Postdoctoral position in Structure Determination of Intraflagellar Transport Complexes at Aarhus University, Denmark 1012838

We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated postdoc with an interest in working on deciphering the mechanisms of cilium organelle formation via intraflagellar transport. The candidate should have a proven track record in the area of structural and/or biochemical analysis of protein complexes. The position is funded for up to a maximum of 4 years employment as a postdoc. The position will be open from early 2019 with a negotiable starting date.

The position
The position seeks to strengthen ongoing activities in the laboratory of Esben Lorentzen aimed at understanding the mechanisms of intraflagellar transport proteins in cilium formation. The laboratory's interest is in understanding how intraflagellar transport proteins assemble into large complexes that actively transport cargo proteins into and out of cilia. The selected candidate will prepare recombinant protein complexes and elucidate their structure and mechanism using crystallography, cryo-EM and biochemistry. For further details on the position, please contact Esben Lorentzen (

The candidate
A successful candidate has a relevant Ph.D. degree and a solid and documented background in structural biology, biochemistry and/or biophysics. Experience with protein complex co-expression and purification is a plus. Finally, applicants should be ambitious, show strong collaborative skills, and should also be able to take initiatives and responsibility within the work environment.

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University and comprises research within the areas Molecular Medicine, Structural Biology, Systems Biology, Plant Molecular Biology and Quantitative Genetics. There are
currently 220 full time scientific staff and 140 PhD students.

The city
In Aarhus you have easy access to beautiful nature, an exciting culture and city life as well as a safe environment for children - a great place for the whole family. The city of Aarhus has everything you need within a surprisingly small area: exciting national and international jobs, delightful residential areas, a rich cultural life, and beautiful surrounding landscape of woods and coastline that make Aarhus a wonderful place to live and work. See for further details on the city and the university.

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.

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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.

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