A three-year postdoc position to investigate functions of commensals contributing to plant resilience

A three-year position in microbial genetics and microbiota studies is available at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark.

The position is for a three-year period starting from 1 June 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Research area
Plant microbiome, Metagenomics and Metatranscriptomics, Microbial genetics.

Research project
The postdoc position is available in the group of Associate Professor Simona Radutoiu within the section for Plant Molecular Biology. Investigations of plant root microbiota and microbial components contributing to plant-microbe associations is a central theme in the group. Our microbial and plant genetics studies using simple and complex communities aim to elucidate plant and microbial functions governing root microbiota assembly in the rhizopshere and endosphere compartments. We have obtained collections of root bacterial commensals of Lotus japonicus and barley that enabled us to engage in studies of host preference among commensal bacteria (see Wippel K, Tao K et al., 2020 as an example). This postdoc project builds on our findings and aims to use advanced bioinformatics and microbial genetics methodologies to expand the knowledge on how microbes recognize, associate and survive in complex communities at the root-soil interphase. The project involves bacterial genome analyses, microbial genetics, metatranscriptomics and metagenomics of commensals.
The applicants should have a strong background in microbiome studies and bioinformatics expertise for complex data analyses. Experience with metatranscriptomics, metagenomics or Tn-seq studies is an advantage.

Who we are/ The department
The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University and comprises research within the areas of Gene Expression, Molecular Medicine, Structural Biology, Systems Biology and Plant Molecular Biology. There are currently 75 full time scientific staff and 120 PhD students. The department is responsible for two educations: Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine with a yearly uptake of 160 students in total. Please read more here for further information about The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and to here and here for information on Faculty of Natural Sciences and Aarhus University, respectively.

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

Contact information
For further information please contact: Associate professor Simona Radutoiu (radutoiu@mbg.au.dk)

Application deadline
1 April 2021.

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.

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.

Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences 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.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Deadline: 01 April 2021

 


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