Scientific positions

2 postdocs for Center for Electromicrobiology 952266

Center for Electromicrobiology, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on one of the following subjects
• molecular and structural biology of electrically-conductive proteins
• functional genomics and microbial physiology of electron-conducting microbes
• interactions and processes in electric microbial communities

The position is available from 15 February 2018 or as soon as possible hereafter

Job description
Two positions are available. One postdoc will work primarily with the structural and functional characterization of proteins presumably involved in long-distance electron conductance, while the other will primarily investigate cable bacteria metabolism and associations with other organisms.

Your profile
We expect the applicants to:
• Have a strong background in microbial ecology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related fields, with an outstanding curriculum
• Be highly dedicated, self-motivated and ambitious
• Have excellent collaborative skills and an interest to work in an interdisciplinary center.

Who we are
The Center for Electromicrobiology, CEM, at Aarhus University is a newly established Center of Excellence supported by the Danish National Research Foundation. The aim of CEM is to establish a novel view on electron flow between living cells by addressing three overarching research questions: how are  the electrons transported, how are they exploited by the cells, and how do they shape ecosystems? The centimeter-long cable bacteria with internal electron conductors connecting thousands of cells will have the main role in CEM’s endeavors: their large-scale separation of biological anode and cathode processes allows detailed experimental studies of the associated conductors and metabolisms, and their apparent electron exchange with many other bacteria will provide exceptional insights into electric ecosystems. The center applies a combination of microbiological, biogeochemical, molecular biological and electrochemical approaches, including microfluidics, modeling, next generation sequencing, Cryo-EM, and computational biology.

Place of Work and Area of Employment
The place of work is Ny Munkegade 116, 8000 Aarhus C. Both positions are based at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, in an interdisciplinary setting including the Section for Microbiology, Department of Bioscience, the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, and The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. These departments offer an international working environment with state-of-the-art facilities for molecular and ecological microbiology, next generation sequencing, electrochemistry, and electron microscopy.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Lars Peter Nielsen, Professor, Head of CEM  Department of Bioscience, Section for Microbiology, +4560202654 or Andreas Schramm, Professor, Section for Microbiology, 4560202659


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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

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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