Postdoctoral researcher in RNA biology and therapeutics


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The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, invites applications for an 18-months postdoc position, starting November 1st 2023, focused on developing RNA-based therapeutics targeting genetic disorders.

Start date

The position is available from 1st of November 2023 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description

We are looking for a candidate to take part in the development of a novel approach tackling genetic disorders on the basis of RNA-therapeutics. The role will require you to take part in conceptualization, development and critical evaluation of an efficient experimental strategy, including literature research, project management as well as development of experimental assays and supportive computational tools.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or similar.
The candidate is expected to have a strong background in molecular biology and/or therapeutics, which includes hands-on experience with relevant experimental techniques such as molecular cloning, mammalian cell culture, CRISPR/Cas-mediated genome editing, lentiviral transduction systems and high-throughput library screens. Furthermore, prior experience with RNA biology, NGS approaches, computational analysis of high-throughput data and algorithm development will be an advantage. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are essential.

Who we are

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University and comprises research within the areas of Gene Expression, Molecular Medicine, Structural Biology, Systems Biology and Plant Molecular Biology. There are currently 75 full time scientific staff and 120 PhD students. The department is responsible for two educations: Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine with a yearly uptake of 160 students in total. Please read more here for further information about The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and to here and here for information on Faculty of Natural Sciences and Aarhus University, respectively.

Our newly founded group works with targeted manipulation of human gene expression based on small RNA effectors in cell culture and, in the longer run, at the organismal level.

What we offer

The successful candidate is offered:

  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratory space and shared equipment
  • a research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion
  • a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.

Place of work

The place of work is the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, RNA Biology and Innovation Section, Aarhus University, Universitetsbyen 81, 8000 Aarhus C.

Contact information

For further information, please contact:  Søren Lykke-Andersen, +4550510996,


All applications must be submitted no later than 15th of August 2023.

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 Taxation 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 Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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 8,300 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 935 million. Learn more at


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Aarhus Kommune

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Aarhus Universitet, Universitetsbyen 81, 8000 Aarhus C


Ansøgningsfrist: 28-07-2023; - ansøgningsfristen er overskredet

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