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Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - Structural Biology

Professor in Structural Microbiology

Deadline 8 Dec

Expected start 1 Aug

  • Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - Structural Biology Gustav Wieds Vej 10 8000 Aarhus C

  • Full-time position ID: 4528


The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University wishes to strengthen its research expertise and activities in structural biology and microbiology. Candidates contributing to our departmental strategy within the areas of “Structural Biology” and “Molecular Medicine” are preferred. The position is available from August 1st 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description 

The tasks of the professor include:

  • To define and lead an internationally competitive research program focused on structural, functional, genetic and biophysical characterization of biochemical pathways and mechanisms for regulation of gene expression in microbes
  • To engage in translational and applied research supporting future clinical applications and establishment of a sustainable society based on renewable resources
  • To manage and undertake teaching in courses for students in molecular biology, molecular medicine and related programs at bachelor, master and PhD level.
  • To define and supervise experimental project for Bachelor, Master’s, and PhD students
  • To take advantage of local and nearby cutting edge X-ray, neutron and electron microscopy based large infrastructure for structural biology.
  • To actively contribute to methods development and strengthening of the user community around large infrastructures for structural biology.
  • To attract external funding from national and international funding bodies for own and collaborative research with colleagues at the department and external Danish and international collaborations.
  • To show leadership by actively engaging in the administration and strategic development of the department and to establish interdisciplinary collaboration within own and other relevant departments at Aarhus University
  • To mentor junior researchers with respect to applications for external funding and career development.

Your profile

Applicants must document:

  • A PhD degree in Molecular Biology, Biology, Biomedicine, Chemistry or a related relevant field
  • Research qualifications at professorship level in structural biology including a strong publication profile
  • Nationally or internationally recognized leadership in a field of research relevant to structural microbiology as defined in this call
  • The ability to attract substantial external funding over a longer period of time.
  • An ability to deliver high quality and innovative teaching/supervision at bachelor, master and PhD level
  • An ability to work closely and build long term relationships with internal and external collaborators/stakeholders.
  • A history of a research group with an unbiased gender balance and a proper balance between national and international students/postdoctoral fellows.

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University and comprises research within the areas Molecular Medicine, Structural Biology, Systems Biology and Plant Molecular Biology. There are currently 220 full time scientific staff and 140 PhD students. The department is responsible for two educations: Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine with yearly uptake of 160 students in total. Please refer to http://mbg.au.dk/ for further information about the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and to https://nat.au.dk/en/ and http://www.au.dk/ for information on Faculty of Natural Sciences and Aarhus University, respectively.

The application must be in English and include:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • The highest degree certificate
  • A complete list of publications
  • Information about previous and current research activities (2 pages)
  • A research proposal including a long-term vision (3 pages)
  • A teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience
  • -Minimum three references: names and contact information.

Further information:
For further information, please contact: Head of Department, Erik Østergaard Jensen. Phone/mobile: +4587155505 /+4528992567; email: eoj@mbg.au.dk  

Place of work:
The place of work is Gustav Wieds vej 10c, 8000 Aarhus c, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks 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 will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected 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.

Formalities and salary range Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences 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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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?

Erik Østergaard Jensen

Erik Østergaard Jensen Head of Department, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics +4587155505 eoj@mbg.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HR +4593508874 Nat-Tech.HR.Emply@au.dk


Deadline: Tuesday 8 Dec 2020 at 23:59 CET