Two Group Leaders in Molecular and Translational Neuroscience

Two group leader positions in Molecular and Translational Neuroscience are available at the Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience - DANDRITE ( of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine.

Nordic EMBL Partnership and DANDRITE
The Nordic EMBL Partnership is a joint venture between the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Universities of Helsinki/Finland, Oslo/Norway, Umea/Sweden and Aarhus/Denmark. The partnership provides joint access to research infrastructures, including databases, facilities and instrumentation, as well as to clinical materials, networks and training activities. The four nodes of the partnership (FIMM/Helsinki, NCMM/Oslo, MIMS/Umea, and DANDRITE/Aarhus) adhere to the EMBL model for research organization, training and evaluation, and with research primarily defined by group leader programs.

DANDRITE is hosted by Aarhus University, an international, top-ranking university, with financial support from the Lundbeck Foundation. The research scope is on integrative/systems neuroscience and molecular mechanisms of intra- and intercellular networks defining general cell biology, neuronal circuits, and complex signal processing in brain, how these mechanisms are linked to behavior, and how they are altered and can be targeted in brain disorders. Translational studies have a particular focus on neurodegenerative, psychiatric, neurological and sensory disorders.

DANDRITE is embedded in a vibrant NeuroCampus Aarhus research community ( at Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital and encompasses internationally leading research centers and infrastructures in genetics, molecular and clinical medicine, bioimaging, cognitive neuroscience, transgenic animal models, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, nanoscience, and engineering. There are long-standing traditions in studies of for example membrane proteins, molecular neuroscience, and brain function and imaging.

DANDRITE encompasses a thriving, international research community with many PhD students and postdocs. Well-established research infrastructure and support including for example cryo-EM, two-photon imaging, and electrophysiology at the cutting edge. Current groups cover a broad range of neuroscience, including circuitry and systems neuroscience of the visual system (Yonehara group), reproductive behavior (von Philipsborn group), decision-making (Kvitsiani group), and memory (Nabavi group), neuronal development studied in iPSC and organoid models on Parkinson’s disease (Denham group), structural neurobiology of ion transporters, receptors and biomembrane ultrastructures (Nissen group), molecular cell biology of intracellular signaling networks involved in Parkinson disease and dementia (Jensen group), receptor networks and signaling in psychiatric disorders and memory (Nykjær group). Furthermore, affiliated DANDRITE team leaders (Poulsen, Kjærgaard and Takeuchi groups), and associated investigators (e.g., Capogna, Willnow, Kjems, Radulovic groups) provide further synergies and a broad approach in neuroscience at all levels.

The group leader positions
We seek two group leaders in neuroscience to establish independent research programs that ideally both exploit and complement the expertise and research programs of current groups. Research programs can for example investigate protein-protein interaction networks in cell biology underlying intra- or intercellular signaling and function in the normal and diseased brain using advanced tools of e.g., imaging, chemical biology, single cell technologies, genetics, proteomics and bioinformatics. Group leaders are expected to introduce novel topics and tools, strengthen synergies of on-going DANDRITE research, and build a program at international level that can support also collaborations of interdisciplinary and translational neuroscience at NeuroCampus Aarhus and within Danish neuroscience.

As a group leader you will be offered state-of-the-art laboratory facilities embedded in existing research infrastructures for neuroscience at all levels ranging from structure and function of molecules to advanced imaging, electrophysiology and functional/behavioral studies in transgenic models including for example induced pluripotent stem cells, brain organoids, fruit fly, zebrafish, mouse, and rat. Research at Aarhus University is in close proximity to clinical research at the Aarhus University Hospital (number one in Denmark and top-ranked worldwide), and biotech support facilities are available. There will be ample opportunities for training and experience with academic teaching and public outreach.

To qualify for a group leader position, the candidate should have a PhD degree or equivalent and an appropriate level of postdoctoral training. Applicants should present a strong track record of relevance (but not necessarily limited) to neuroscience, and an independent research proposal that demonstrates the potential to identify compelling new questions and ideas in neuroscience to be pursued at DANDRITE and with the leverage of existing or developing activities at NeuroCampus Aarhus. Particular weight will be given to scientific proficiency and visionary proposals. We will consider candidates at a level that corresponds to ERC starting grants and the group leaders will be employed as associate professors.

The group leader program follows the EMBL model with a 5-year appointment and the possibility for a 4-year extension for a total of 9 years depending on a review concluding in the fourth year. Candidates are offered a competitive start package of EUR 1.6M for the first five years and further funding can be expected from national and international funding bodies including a strong presence of private foundations in Danish research. Specific support programs are available for collaborations with other neuroscience communities in Denmark and for capital investments on equipment.

For further information, please contact
Professor Poul Nissen, Director, phone: +45 2899 2295,
Professor Poul Henning Jensen, phone +45 2899 2056,
Professor Anders Nykjær phone +45 2899 2384,

Application deadline
30 April 2021 at 23:59 CEST.

Place of work
The position will either be located at Department of Bioscience at Høegh-Guldbergsgade 10, 8000 Aarhus C or Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Gustav Wieds Vej 10, 8000 Aarhus C.

Application procedureShortlisting 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.

Letter of referenceIf 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 Formalities and salary rangeWe follow the EMBL model for international recruitment and the EMBL procedures for scientific reviews. We expect to invite selected candidates in June to a virtual symposium followed by individual, personal interviews.

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.

  • Cover letter summarizing the applicant’s career, past research accomplishments and future plans (max 1 page)
  • CV including the experience with project leadership and student supervision and listing also invited presentations at international meetings and institutions
  • Complete list of publications with the five most significant papers highlighted in a separate list
  • Short research plan (max 5 pages) including also a summary of expected translational impact and potential in neuroscienc

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.

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The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.


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