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Senior Scientist in Vitamin B12 Biology 971291

The IMPROVIT project within Department of Molecular Biology, Aarhus University is seeking to fill a senior Scientist position in the area of vitamin B12 biology. The position is available for 4.5 months starting May 1, 2018.

The IMPROVIT project is an Indo-Danish strategic research collaboration within Human Health Science Biotechnology, funded by The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India and the Innovation Fund, Denmark.

IMPROVIT comprises multidisciplinary research from basic science to medical applications and entails a close collaboration between hospitals, academia, industry, and non-governmental organization. IMPROVIT investigates the bioavailability of vitamin B12 in ruminant milk and aims to develop a tailored nutrient from low-cost co-products of the dairy industry, able to mitigate vitamin B12 deficiency caused by socio-economic constraints in the developing world.

The successful applicant will continue the ongoing research project to examine the potential role of cows and buffalo milk in mending human vitamin B12 deficiency. She/he will have access to state-of-the-art research instrumentation through the Department of Clinical Medicine, Biochemistry, Aarhus University Hospital and Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment and close interaction between clinicians and basic scientists.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • PhD or MD degree in biological or biomedical sciences, with at least 5 first-author original research publication in a leading peer-reviewed journal.
  • Expertise in vitamin B12 bioavailability and molecular biology (cloning, protein purification, and vitamin B12 chemistry), is highly desirable.
  • The ideal candidate has previous training and extensive working experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • (1) vitamin B12 protein binding;
    • (2) influence of vitamin b12-protein interaction on vitamin B12 bioavailability;
    • (3) proficiency with methods suitable for detection of human B12 deficiency
  • Good communication skills, ability to advance a project productively and work independently are required.

For more information, please contact senior scientist Christian W. Heegaard, (

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: 18.04.2018


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