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Department of Agroecology - Entomology and Plant Pathology - Faculty: Technical Sciences

RE-ADVERTISEMENT: 3-year post doc position in molecular plant pathology

Deadline 15 Dec

Expected start 1 Mar

  • Department of Agroecology - Entomology and Plant Pathology Forsøgsvej 1 4200 Slagelse

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Mar 2021 - 29 Feb 2024 ID: 4642

The Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 3-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join the Innovation Fund Denmark Project “StarQuality” which, in collaboration with breeders, aims at improving branching in ornamental plants by exploring a branch-inducing bacterium (phytoplasma) that is found in Poinsettia.
Starting Date and Period
The position is for 3 years and is available from March 1, 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description
Poinsettia is infected by phytoplasma, a bacterium that is inducing free-branching, and that is today used in commercial poinsettia production for creation of compact plants. However, inoculation with phytoplasma involves a laborious process that includes transmission of phytoplasma to new cultivars by grafting. In this project we will study the molecular mechanisms by which phytoplasma is able to induce branching in poinsettia and we will isolate phytoplasma-genes by RNAseq that may be involved in enhanced branching in poinsettia. Those candidate genes will be tested in collaboration with colleagues from the department using CRISPr-Cas technology. Along with this you will also be involved in optimizing the phytoplasma transmission procedure in close collaboration with Graff Breeding A/S.
Your profile
Applicants must have PhD degree in plant molecular biology (or similar), or have submitted their PhD thesis for assessment before the application deadline. Experience in working with RNAseq is an advantage, as well as experience in working with plants. The successful candidate is expected to have strong collaborative skills, proven abilities to publish at a high international level, and have good skills in English and international applicants who do not have English as their first language must prove strong English language writing skills and fluency.

Application materials: 
In addition to the application, CV (which should include your number of citations and H-index) and diplomas, please include a ½-page outline of your thoughts for the postdoc research project.
Who we are
Professor Mogens Nicolaisen will be the main supervisor. The postdoc will join the group of Nicolaisen, which is focusing on plant-pathogen interactions, but also work closely together with the group of Professor Henrik Brinch-Pedersen, AU Flakkebjerg, focusing on new breeding techniques, where another post doc will be hired.

Postdocs are encouraged to collaborate within the group, across departments and with other universities. More information about the people and research activities of the groups can be found at https://agro.au.dk/en/

The Department of Agroecology
At the Department of Agroecology we study interactions between soil, plants, animals, humans and the environment in different agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, biomaterials and energy. Thus, we contribute to both fundamental knowledge generation and the attainment of sustainable production systems via state-of-the-art research, contracted policy advice, and education. We offer state-of-the-art laboratory, green house, semi-field and field scale research facilities, advanced computing capacities as well as an extensive national and international researcher network.  The department has a staff of approximately 275 people including 56 senior academics, 37 junior researchers and postdocs as well as 56 PhD students. More information can be found here.

The Department of Agroecology offers
  • An informal and multicultural research environment with high professionalism, where accountability, commitment, helpfulness, flexibility and close collaboration is a prerequisite solving the core tasks
  • A good social environment with activities and routines that make it possible to talk across and strengthen the collegial relationship, and where mutual trust, respect, kindness and professional sparring are emphasized
  • A flexible workplace with good work-life balance
  • Possibility of membership of staff association, access to gym and free fruit scheme
  • An exciting and varied working environment, where two days rarely resemble each other. We are often busy and we work creatively for solutions to societal challenges
Place of Work
The place of work is Aarhus University, Flakkebjerg, Forsøgsvej 1, 4200 Slagelse.  The affiliation will be with the Department of Agroecology.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Section Manager, Professor, Mogens Nicolaisen: Mogens.Nicolaisen@agro.au.dk, +45 2475 7668.

Previously submitted applications will be taken into consideration unless they are withdrawn.

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.

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 ques-tion 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
Technical 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.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. 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?

Mogens Nicolaisen

Mogens Nicolaisen Head of section, Professor, Department of Agroecology - Entomology and Plant Pathology +4587158137 mn@agro.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HR +4525695795 Nat-Tech.HR.Emply@au.dk


Deadline: Tuesday 15 Dec 2020 at 23:59 CET