Postdoc in Bioconjugate Chemistry

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A 1-year postdoctoral position is available at DTU Chemistry starting from December 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The primary objective is to evaluate the therapeutic potential of small antisense non-coding RNAs to target viral HIV transcription with the overall goal to permanently silence HIV in the brain. To ensure effective transport across the blood-brain barrier, RNAs will be conjugated to cell-penetrating peptides. Associate Professor Kira Astakhova at DTU Chemistry will be the main supervisor on the project.

Responsibilities and tasks
  • Develop therapeutic non-coding RNAs conjugated to cell-penetrating peptides (CCPs) primed to target the HIV LTR. Screen and evaluate RNA-CPP conjugates for their ability to epigenetically silence the virus.
  • Optimize promising RNA sequences by introducing synthetic nucleotides to enhance duplex stability (e.g. LNA) and metabolic resistance (e.g. 2’-OMe)
  • Test HIV-directed small non-coding RNA-CPP candidates in the SCID-CD34 NeuroAIDS mouse model. Besides utilizing RNA-CPPs, this project also prepares the ground for evaluating protein-based therapeutics for HIV silencing.
  • Drafting manuscripts – publish results.  

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

Further qualifications:

  • Strong background in organic synthesis
  • Background in oligonucleotide synthesis
  • Preferentially experienced in working with biochemical systems
  • Several papers in good international journals
  • Independence and good communication skills in English  

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

  • The work will be conducted at DTU Lyngby Campus
  • The period of employment is 1 year (with the possibility of an extension).
Further information

For additional information please contact Ass. Prof. Kira Astakhova, DTU Chemistry,
Application procedure:

Please submit your online application no later than

1 October 2017


Applications must be submitted as

one PDF file

containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach

all your materials in English in one PDF file

. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications 

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.
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