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Department of Biomedicine - Forsk. & udd., Skou-bygningen - Faculty: Health

RE-ADVERTISEMENT: Postdoc in vascular biology and inflammation

Deadline 10 Jul 23:59 CEST

Expected start 1 Sep

  • Department of Biomedicine - Forsk. & udd., Skou-bygningen Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 10 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Sep 2022 - 31 Aug 2025 ID: 9327

The Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health, Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Postdoc in the field of vascular biology and inflammation as per 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a 3-year full-time position.

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

The Angiogenesis and Inflammation group headed by Assistant Professor Joanna Kalucka (https://biomed.au.dk/kalucka-lab) is looking for outstanding researchers at the Postdoctoral level to join our international team. The aim of the project is to explore the underlying mechanisms of how the blood vessels respond to tissue microenvironment and how their properties are changed in the response to inflammation (e.g., in cancer). You will explore the biology of one recently discovered candidate proteins, which we have found to play a key role in endothelial cell activation and modulation during inflammation. More specifically, the project will be based on characterization studies in murine models in vivo and in vitro, utilizing relevant models for mimicking vascular activation and inflammation, as well as tumor formation. The project will be conducted in a multidisciplinary environment at the interface between academia and clinical environment, where resources and expertise in animal surgery and clinical patient material processing will be available. However, excellent experimental methodological skill and dedication will be necessary for successfully conducting the project.

Your job responsibilities

Based on our preliminary results you will further develop your own project in the area of endothelial cell dysfunction in cancer, with a particular aim to identify new regulatory nodes in the control of endothelial cell dysfunction and angiocrine signaling. You will collaborate with other members of the laboratory and with collaborators at the institute, and you will be expected to develop expertise in areas necessary for successful progress of your project.
As Postdoc within our research group 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. The work related to the project will take place at Department of Biomedicine, and the successful candidate will be integrated into the department. 

You will report to Assistant Professor Joanna Kalucka.

Your competence:
  • 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.
  • You hold a Ph.D. degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular pharmacology or closely related disciplines
  • You have extensive cell culture experience including primary cells handling (e.g., endothelial cells, adipocytes, macrophages, lymphocytes, and/or fibroblasts)
  • You have experience with working with mouse models (e.g., tumor inoculation, measurements, drug treatments, standard dissections and surgery)
  • You have a proven scientific track-record, a thorough understanding of vascular biology and inflammation, and preferentially tumor and/or adipose tissue biology.
  • Your experimental skills probably cover cell-based assays, immunoassays biochemical and gene expression analyses
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 Joanna Kalucka tel.: (+45) 52169817.

Your place of work will be the Department of Biomedicine, Skou building, Høegh-Guldbergsgade 10, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

We expect to conduct interviews in August.

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

Terms of employment


Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • Template for applicant - postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’
  • 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.

Questions about the position?

Joanna Maria Kalucka

Joanna Maria Kalucka AIAS-COFUND Fellow, Assistant Professor, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies joanna.kalucka@aias.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Health Administrative Centre - Health HR +4521623283 emply.he.hr@au.dk


Deadline: Sunday 10 Jul 2022 at 23:59 CEST