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Postdoc in Computational Chemistry of Stain Models and their Interactions with Enzymes

2-year Postdoc Position in Computational Chemistry of Stain Models and their Interactions with Enzymes – Aarhus University, Denmark

The Biomodelling group at Aarhus University (LINK) is seeking applications for a 2-year senior postdoc position in the field of stain modelling and the interaction of stains with enzymes. The aim of the project is to understand how enzymes commonly found in laundry detergents interact with stain surfaces. The position includes the use of a wide range of data analysis and modelling tools, as well as communicating with both academic and industrial partners affiliated to the project.

We are looking for a highly motivated, self-starting and well-organized scientist. Duties on top of own research for this position includes daily supervision of students, aiding in the smooth running of the group as well as grant writing and occasional teaching. Outside of a strong motivation to work with coarse-grain modelling, we expect the following qualifications from the candidate.

  • PhD in Computational Chemistry, Biology or related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of postdoc experience preferred.
  • Extensive experience with molecular dynamics simulations is essential, with additional experience with homology modelling and the study of complex systems is preferred. Knowledge of the Schrodinger software Maestro is advantageous, as is experience with GROMACS and force-field parametrization of molecules.
  • Experience in both coarse grain and atomistic simulations is advantageous as is prior experience in modelling enzymes.
  • Experience in simulation analysis using tcl and/or python is beneficial.
  • Experience in grant writing a plus and previous experience in industrial collaborations and maintaining international collaboration is highly beneficial.
  • Documented experience in participating in large research projects involving both computational and experimental groups, and both from academia and industry is required.
  • Strong publication record expected.
Deadline for applications is 1 November 2020.
The starting date is 1 January 2021 or as soon as possible.

Place of work
Place of work is Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Further information
Contact head of Biomodelling group, Prof Birgit Schiøtt at for further information.

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

01 November 2020


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