Postdoc in neuroimmunology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Oct 2023

The Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Postdoc in the field of neuroimmunology as per 1 January 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a fixed-term full-time position for 36 months.

About the research project

Protection of the brain against infections is essential to maintain brain homeostasis. Herpesviruses are neurotropic viruses, and can cause diseases in the CNS, including encephalitis and meningitis. In addition, there is emerging understanding of how herpesvirus infections may promote development of neurodegenerative diseases. Despite this, there is limited knowledge on the mechanisms through which herpesviruses affect disease processes in neurons and glia cells. This project aims to uncover immunological processes involved in host defense against viral CNS infections, decipher how they are manipulated by viruses, and describe how these processes contribute to disease development.

Your job responsibilities

As Postdoc in neuroimmunology 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.

Your main tasks will consist of:

  • Independent research of high international quality, including publication.

You will report to Professor Søren Riis Paludan.

Your competences

You have academic qualifications at PhD level, preferably within one or more of the following areas virology, neuroscience, or innate immunology. We are looking for a person with hands-on experience working with stem cells, including culturing, differentiation, and manipulation. Since the central part of the project will center on implementing, using, and developing stem-cell-based brain cell and organoid systems, applicants with previous experience in these areas will be preferred.

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.

In order to be assessed as qualified for a Postdoc position, you must meet these academic criteria .

Shortlisting will be used.

The Department of Biomedicine and the host laboratory

The Department of Biomedicine employs approx. 500 people from all over the world, and offers modern laboratory-, core- and animal facilities. The department prioritizes diversity and a good work environment, and we believe this is a prerequisite for groundbreaking research. The Department of Biomedicine provides research-based teaching of the highest quality and is responsible for a large part of the medical degree program. Moreover, the department prioritizes innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration with business and industry. You can read more about the department


and about the faculty



The laboratory of Professor Søren Paludan is interested in understanding early immune responses against virus infections with focus on the CNS. For our work we use a broad range of experimental systems ranging from molecular screening tools, state-of-the-art methods for molecular/cellular characterization, animal models, and primary human cell/organoid models. We have a very international environment, with more than half of the lab members being of nationality other than Danish. The working language is English.

The laboratory is part of the Center or Immunology of Viral Infections. Our core values are high ambitions, collaborative and friendly culture, and development of talent.

Recent publications from the lab of relevance for the project:

  • Reinert LS, et al. Brain immune cells undergo cGAS-STING-dependent apoptosis during herpes simplex virus type 1 infection to limit type I interferon production. 2021. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 131:e136824.
  • Fruhwürth S et al. TREM2 is downregulated by HSV1 in microglia and involved in antiviral defense in the brain. 2023. Science Advances 9:eadf5808.
  • Ren F et al. ER stress induces caspase-2-tBID-GSDME-dependent cell death in neurons lytically infected with HSV-2. 2023. The EMBO Journal.

  • Questions about the position

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact Søren Paludan (

    Your place of work will be the Department of Biomedcine, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 10, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

    We expect to conduct interviews first half of November.

    Terms of employment


    Your application must include the following:

    • Motivated application
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Diploma
    • Template for applicant - postdoc
    • 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)
    • 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 assistance with relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about the International Staff Office and the range of services


    . Aarhus University also has a Junior Researcher Association and offers career development support. You can read more about these resources



    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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