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Associate professor in recognition and uptake of human viruses

Are you interested in human viruses and can you contribute to the development of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics with a strong academic profile as an associate professor? Then we invite you to apply for this position.

The position is for 1-2 years depending on the actual funding available and is starting 1. June 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description
Your tasks include:

  • teach courses and supervise students within the field of virology
  • contribute to research projects centered around expression of endogenous retroviral elements and their interactions with the immune system in human cells and building up your own research group within this or related fields
  • contribute to research projects centered around recognition and uptake of human viruses (e.g. corona, influenza, zika) in human cells
  • attract external funding
  • cooperate with the industry to address emerging health threats
  • participate in the daily administration and development of the department
  • potentially help to set up a startup company within the field of virus-like particles (VLP)

Your profile
Academic qualifications:
In order to be able to fulfill the tasks above, you are expected to:
  • hold a PhD in molecular biology, medical science or equivalent
  • have solid background in research in endogenous viruses

We prefer if you:
  • Have experience supervising students and postdocs
  • Have teaching experience (e.g. in virology)
  • Have a strong publication record
  • Write and speak English fluently

Personal qualifications required to fulfill the tasks above:
  • Applicants should be self-driven and capable of planning and conducting their own research while collaborating with Danish and international partners.
  • The maintenance of a complete digital laboratory journal will be mandatory.

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.

The successful candidate is offered:
  • access to a well-developed research infrastructure
  • laboratory space, shared equipment
  • a research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists and social activities
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance

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

For further information please contact: Professor Jørgen Kjems, +45 28992086,

Deadline for application is 19. 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 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.

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 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.

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

19. April 2021.


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