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Postdoc in Microbial ecology / Aero-microbiology

The group of aero-microbiology at the Section for Microbiology, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, invites applications for a postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new polar research project on “The impact of marine microorganisms on polar atmospheric processes.“

The position is for 2 years and is available from 1. April 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description/research project/research area
The group of aero-microbiology at the Department of Biology, Aarhus University is opening a position for a Postdoctoral Researcher, who will perform research using amplicon sequences, metagenomic/transcriptomic data of polar marine and airborne microbial communities involved in the production of ice-nucleation proteins. We are looking for a talented and motivated Postdoctoral Researcher with background in environmental microbiology, aero-microbiology, bioinformatics or related fields. The selected applicant will work on research tasks in projects funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research (project “The Impact of Microbial Marine Emissions on the Arctic Clouds”, DFF-Danish-ERC-Programme), the Villum foundation (“Deciphering the role of sea-ice microorganisms on cloudprocesses in the Arctic”, Villum Experiment programme) and Novo Nordisk Foundation ("Deciphering the Role of Atmospheric Microbial Aerosols (DRAMA)", Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme). The major tasks will include polar fieldwork, metagenomics/transcriptomics, amplicon sequencing and bioinformatics.

Your profile

  • Applicants should hold a MSc and PhD degrees in Microbiology / Microbial Ecology / Environmental Microbiology / Bioinformatics or related fields
  • Qualifications within next generation sequencing, amplicon sequence and metagenomics / transcriptomics analysis and strong bioinformatic, analytical and statistical skills
  • Experience with polar field work and handling low microbial density samples are a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Capacity for interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Skills of working on several project symultaneously
  • Ability to work both independently and within a research team.

Who are we / The department
The Section for Microbiology is one of Europe’s leading research environments for microbial ecology, where we study microbial physiology, evolution, ecology, and biogeochemistry. The development and integration of microbiological, molecular biological and biogeochemical methods, micro sensor technology, and physical-chemical analyses has contributed to the strong research profile of the section in microbiology and microbial ecology. This spectrum of methods ensures research at all biological levels, from single cells to microbial communities, ecosystems, and the role of microorganisms in the global element and water cycles.

The group for aero-microbiology is a partner in the Atmospherica network (, which provides strong interdisciplinary connections, both on and off campus, to research groups studying atmospheric aerosols from the perspective of physical chemistry, interface chemistry, physics, atmospheric modelling, molecular and structural biology, health and engineering.

Our group is also associated with interdisciplinary polar and climate research centres: The Arctic Research Centre ( and The iCLIMATE Aarhus University Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change (

The successful candidate is offered:
  • A diverse and exciting position in an international working environment.
  • Access to a welldeveloped research infrastructure at the department and at the campus, including an Illumina Miseq sequencing platform, icenucleation droplet freezing assay, Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting Core Facility, Cryoelectron-microscopy Facility, laboratory simulation facilities for aerosolization studies of microorganisms...
  • A research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research, both at the Section for Microbiology ( and within the interdisciplinary field of aeromicrobiology, involving researchers from molecular and structural biology, atmospheric physics and chemistry, health, engineering and atmospheric modelling.
  • A possibility to get involved in supervising BSc, MSc and PhD student projects.
  • A working environment with teamwork, close working relations, networking and social activities among young scientists.
  • A workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.

The place of work is Aarhus University, Department of Biology, Section for Microbiology, Ny Munkegade 116, Aarhus, 8000 Denmark.

Further information about the position may be obtained from: Asst. Prof. Tina Šantl-Temkiv, +45 2988 6984,, Asst. Prof. Ian P.G. Marshall, +45 8715 6553,, and Prof. Kai Finster, +45 5124 0515,

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, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

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

28 February 2020


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