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Department of Biomedicine - Forskning og uddannelse, Syd - Faculty: Health

Postdoc in adipose tissue biology

Deadline 3 Apr 23:59 CEST

Expected start 1 Jun

  • Department of Biomedicine - Forskning og uddannelse, Syd Wilhelm Meyers Allé 3 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Jun 2023 - 31 May 2024 ID: 11439

The Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Postdoc in the field of adipose tissue biology as per 1st of June 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a 1-year full-time position with possibilities for extension.

The department of Biomedicine prioritises diversity and a good work environment, as this is a prerequisite for groundbreaking 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

Obesity is a critical risk factor for developing a variety of diseases including type-2-diabetes. The research project centers around understanding the mechanisms that determines how much fat that accumulates in adipose tissue. This includes investigations of proteins involved in controlling glycerol availability in adipose tissue as well as the role of proteins expressed in the vasculature in adipose tissue. The studies are conducted using a variety of different techniques including isolation of endothelial cells using FACS sorting, immunohistochemistry, confocal imaging, immunoblotting and qPCR. The applied models range from human adipose tissue samples, cell-culture models to animal models.

Your job responsibilities

As Postdoc in adipose tissue biology 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 writing/contributing to manuscripts.
  • Guidance and training of Bachelor-, Master- and PhD students.
  • Some degree of contribution towards attracting external research funding.

You will report to Associate Professor Janne Lebeck (jl@biomed.au.dk).

Your competences

You have academic qualifications at PhD level, preferably within one or more of the following areas cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, or molecular biology and have an interest in the molecular mechanisms behind the development of obesity and insulin resistance. Candidates should have prior documented experience with animal studies, qPCR, and immunoblotting. Applicants with experience with fluorescence activated cell sorting and preparation of samples for proteomics will be preferred. Previous experience with grant applications is also recognized as an advantage. The successful candidate must have the drive and capacity to work independently.

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 Associate Professor Janne Lebeck (jl@biomed.au.dk) tel.: (+ 45) 20746532.

Your place of work will be the Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Vilhelm Meyers Allé 3, blg. 1233, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

We expect to conduct interviews on the 14th of April, 2023.

Terms of employment


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)
  • 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.

Questions about the position?

Janne Lebeck

Janne Lebeck Associate Professor, Department of Biomedicine - Forskning og uddannelse, Syd +4587167651 jl@biomed.au.dk


Deadline: Monday 3 Apr 2023 at 23:59 CEST

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