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Senior researcher position with a research focus on native membranes and membrane protein complexes of neurons 953981

A 5-year position as senior researcher developing cryo-electron tomography, and single-particle cryo-electron microscopy with 3D reconstruction of neuronal membranes is available from February 2018, or as soon as possible after, in the laboratory of Prof. Poul Nissen located at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University (Campus Aarhus) and the Danish node for neuroscience of the Nordic-EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine (DANDRITE, funded by the Lundbeck Foundation).

The project is part of the Proteins in Memory center of excellence (PROMEMO), funded by the Danish National Research Foundation.

Aarhus University has established state-of-the-art cryoEM facilities centered on a Titan-Krios microscope equipped with a Gatan K2 Quantum detector that will be available to the project. Further screening resources and cryoEM infrastructural networks will be available to the project. The Nissen laboratory handles many different procedures for cell growth, membrane isolation, and membrane protein solubilization and purification.

The research project will be focused on studies of large complexes and network structures of synapses associated with formation and regulation of memory. The candidate must present a strong track record and a profound knowledge of a wide range of biophysical methods of membrane protein structural biology. Prior experience with membrane protein structural biology and biophysics will be considered an advantage. The research will have a main focus on neuronal sample preparation and presentation for tomographic studies of large membrane protein complexes in native membranes or native membrane nanodiscs. Furthermore, on data acquisition and analysis for 3D structure determination. The lab management will concern the general equipment and procedures for membrane protein purification and biophysics. The position will involve teamwork and support for postdocs, PhD and MSc student projects of PROMEMO, at DANDRITE, and on cryoEM studies of membrane proteins and complexes.

The place of work is Gustav Wieds Vej 10, 8000 Aarhus C and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.  

Contact information: Professor Poul Nissen, DANDRITE, 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
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. (in Danish).

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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