Postdoc Position in Electrochemical Biosensors at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Denmark

A post-doctoral research position in Electrochemical Biosensors for clinical diagnosis of cancer is available at the iNANO center, Aarhus University, Denmark, starting from at earliest 01 May 2021.

The postdoc position is for 1 year of employment and with the possibility of an extension.

The work aims at clinical validation of non-invasive liquid biopsy tests for cancer biomarkers, analytical validation of the developed bioelectronic immune-tests and their further adaptation for lateral-flow immunoassays for POCT. Our aim is to complement radiological screenings and the histological and histochemical tests for cancers patients requiring life-long follow-up screenings, for whom a risk of not detecting all reoccurring tumors exists. The work is performed in a very close collaboration with the Aarhus University Hospital and is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

iNANO (www.inano.dk) was established in 2002 and at present is a major research and education center based at Aarhus University hosting 60 senior scientists, ~100 postdocs and ~120 PhD students. The center combines expertise and faculty from physics, chemistry, molecular biology and medicine to carry out world-class interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The center gives access to a broad range of infrastructure, tools and expertise including clean-room facilities. In addition to the basic research, the center has a large number of ongoing industrial projects and partnerships.

REQUIRED BACKGROUND & QUALIFICATIONS

  • The applicant should have a PhD in Electrochemistry/Electroanalytical Chemistry or equivalent;
  • The applicant should have a strong record of research productivity and creativity;
  • The applicant should be experienced in electrochemistry and electrochemical methods; analytical chemistry and statistical analysis of the data;
  • The applicant should show a good expert knowledge of bioconjugation methods and electrochemical biosensor development supported by a successful and documented scientific record;
  • An expertise in lateral flow analytical systems, enzymology, or molecular biology techniques (e.g. protein and DNA/RNA extraction and modification) will be considered as an added advantage.
  • The applicant should have an innovative and flexible mind-set being able to convert theory into practical solutions for the biosensor development and thrive in a collaboration with other experts;
  • The applicant should have excellent language skills in English both orally and written and high degree of computer literacy.

Personal skills and attributes important:
  • Enthusiasm and self-motivation; a positive attitude both internally and externally with team members;
  • Ability to work independently and structured; Result-oriented mindset;
  • Ability to schedule and prioritize own workload; Strong documentation skills;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • First-rate laboratory skills; Attention to details;
  • Excellent communication and cooperation skills.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
As a postdoc you will be a part of the research and development of the clinical assay and technical implementation of the developed solution, which will include work within the following areas:
  • Completing and validation of the biosensor for cancer diagnosis;
  • Its analytical testing, documentation and compliance;
  • Clinical validation of the liquid biopsy tests by correlating results of serum analysis with data from solid biopsies/radiological screening;
  • Reports and manuscripts preparation; communication of the results to research community;
  • At a later stage, communicating results to the innovation technologies funding bodies and companies.
  • Assistance in guiding undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as taking on some laboratory management duties.

FURTHER INFORMATION & APPLICATION
For further information, please contact Elena Ferapontova: elena.ferapontova@inano.au.dk.

To submit your application, send your CV and motivated application and provide 3 references for inquiries.

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: 15 March 2021

 


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