Assistant professor (non-tenure track) position in cryo-electron tomography studies of neuronal...

Updated: 8 months ago
Deadline: 08 Oct 2019

A 2-year position as Assistant professor (non-tenure track) in cryo-electron tomography studies of neuronal cell membranes, and also membrane protein complexes reconstituted in lipid nanoparticles or proteoliposomes, is available in the group of Prof. Poul Nissen from 3 November 2019 to 30 September 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is limited to 30 hours per week.

The project is part of the BRAINSTRUC research program at DANDRITE, the Danish node for neuroscience of the Nordic-EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine and is funded by the Lundbeck Foundation.

The project is on studies of network ultrastructures of neuronal membranes associated with formation and transmission of action potentials as the cooperative function of ion pumps and ion channels. The candidate must present a significant experience in membrane protein structural biology and electron microscopy, preferably cryo-electron tomography. The position will also involve collaboration with other postdocs and PhD and MSc students on membrane protein structural biology. The project will have access to state-of-the-art cryoEM facilities centered on a Titan-Krios microscope equipped with a Gatan K2 Quantum detector and soon also a new Titan-Krios microscope being installed and equipped with a BioQuantum K3 detector.

We are looking for a responsible, independent and reliable person, who works effectively and with care. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in a discipline closely related to the project described here.

Place of work
The laboratory is located at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University (Campus Aarhus). The address of the working place is: Gustav Wieds Vej 10C, 8000 Aarhus C.

Contact information
Professor Poul Nissen, Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE), Nordic-EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, mobile +45 2899 2295, email

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range 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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The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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08 October 2019

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