Non-tenured Assistant Professor in Bioconjugation Chemistry 968479

The newly established Novo Nordisk Centre for Multifunctional Biomolecular Drug Design (CEMBID) at the interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre, University of Aarhus, Denmark, invites applications for a position as assistant professor in the group of Prof. Kurt Gothelf (Chemistry). The position is a four-year position starting on 1 June 2018. In case further external funding is secured within the academic area the candidate is assessed obviously qualified for, an extension is possible for up to a total maximum of 8 years of employment as Assistant Professor.

The Centre for Multifunctional Biomolecular Drug Design aims to develop new multi-functional drugs. Most drugs used today have only one therapeutic effect and it is both difficult and expensive to manufacture drugs with several functions. The aim of the Centre for Multifunctional Biomolecular Drug Design (CEMBID) is to research into new drugs with multiple mechanisms of action. The centre will develop methods to build modules of different proteins and small molecules that can simply and effectively be joined to make multifunctional drugs. This will pave the way for new types of drugs that are more effective, have fewer side effects, and can be adapted to the individual patient.

Job description
The object of the position is to develop new bioconjugation methods in particular between proteins and nucleic acids. Another part of the tasks will be to investigate reactions for bioconjugation and prepare molecular probes, including modified oligonucleotides. The position will also include design of DNA structures for assembly of such conjugates. The successful candidate for this position should have a solid background in organic chemistry and have experience in nucleic acid chemistry, and automated oligonucleotide synthesis. The candidate is expected to have experience in daily supervision of both PhD students and undergraduates.

Application procedure
Applications must be accompanied by a CV, diploma, and a list of publications (teaching portfolio).
An assessment committee will be appointed for the evaluation of candidates.

The Centre
The place of work is the interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO), Gustav Wieds Vej 14, Aarhus, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. The iNANO ( centre is a collaboration between research groups at several departments at Aarhus University.

For further information, please contact Professor Kurt Gothelf +45 60 20 27 25

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.

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

All applications must be made online and received by: 03.05.2018


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