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1 year post doc position in Evolutionary biology, ecophysiology and molecular biologyat Department of Bioscience, Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark. 927498


Applications are invited for a 1 year post doc position at Department of Bioscience, Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark. The position is available from 1 January 2018.

Environmental stress adaptation in invertebrates

Research area and project description
Evolutionary biology, ecophysiology and molecular biology

The successful applicant will participate in the Department’s work on evolution, ecophysiology and molecular biology with emphasis on adaptation to thermal stress, responses to thermal stress (acclimation and hardening) and the molecular mechanisms underlying these adaptive responses. The work includes studies of gene expression and sequence analysis, but also whole-organism studies of performance, in invertebrate ectotherms.

Detailed studies of stress responses have shown that organisms have developed sophisticated physiological adaptations to combat environmental stress. The project aims to identify and investigate candidate systems for studying adaptation and responses to environmental stress. To achieve the aim of the project a focus on molecular investigations combined with information from population level and physiology will be applied to achieve an integrated functional understanding. The main responsibilities of the successful candidate will be performing and analyzing RNA-seq studies in model and non-model organisms.

The work will be done under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Jesper Givskov Sørensen (AU), supported by a grant from Aarhus University Research Foundation.

Qualifications and specific competences:
The successful applicant should have a PhD degree in Biological Science and a proven track record of first author peer reviewed publications within relevant fields. Relevant research experience could be in eco-physiology, molecular ecology and evolutionary biology. The candidate should be enthusiastic for learning new techniques and able to work independently. Experience with transcriptomics and bioinformatics is an advantage.  Strong analytical skills, experience with laboratory studies of invertebrates or other ectotherms and the ability to communicate scientific work to international journals is expected.

Place of Employment and Place of Work:
The place of employment is Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark, and the place of work is the section for Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Ny Munkegade 114-116, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:
Jesper Givskov Sørensen, phone: +45 3018 3160, e-mail:, for further information about the position.

There is funding for 1 year of employment. In case further external funding is procured within the academic area the candidate is estimated obviously qualified for, an extension can be possible for up to a total maximum of 4 years employment as a post doc.

Application procedure
Short-listing 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.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.


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