Postdoctoral position in structural studies of human lipid transporters at Aarhus University, Denmark


We’re looking for a postdoc to join the newly established Lyons Lab at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark. The laboratory’s interest is the interplay between structure and function of transmembrane transport processes with a focus on lipid transport systems. The lab houses facilities for mammalian protein production, purification, cellular, biochemical and biophysical characterizations and data processing and has access to the state-of-the-art Cryo-EM facility housed at iNANO (link here). The group is part of the Section of Structural Biology at Aarhus University.

The project is within the framework of a highly prestigious and international collaborative research program ASAP (Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s), the team will explore the structure, function and regulation of the human glucosylceramide transporters (ATP10) (link here). These molecular insights may pave the way for a drug discovery strategy for Parkinson’s disease.

The project:
The candidate will apply single-particle cryo-EM in combination with biochemical, pharmacological and cellular techniques to characterize the human glucosylceramide transporters of the ATP10 family.

The candidate:
A successful candidate has a relevant Ph.D. degree and a solid and documented background in structural biology, biochemistry and/or biophysics. Experience with membrane protein expression (mammalian expression systems) and purification is favored, and the candidate must demonstrate an ability and interest to work with membrane proteins. Applicants should be ambitious, show strong collaborative skills, and be able to take initiatives and responsibility within the work environment.

The successful candidate is offered:

  • A full-time appointment (100%) as a post doc for a period of 3 years with the possibility of an extension. The successful candidate is encouraged to initiate and participate in grant proposals to expand the research line and ensure continuation after the project end
  • Participation in a prestigious international research network ASAP with focus on collaboration and open science, offering excellent networking opportunities.
  • A research climate centered on lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research.
  • A workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.

The city:
In Aarhus, you have ready access to scenic nature, an exciting culture and city life as well as a safe environment for children – a great place for the whole family. The city of Aarhus has everything you need: exciting national and international jobs, delightful residential areas and a rich cultural life, all framed by the beautiful surrounding landscape of wooded areas and coastline that make Aarhus a wonderful place to live and work.

Further informaion
For more information please contact Dr. Joseph Lyons mail:

Place of work
The place of work is Gustav Wieds Vej 10, 8000, Aarhus and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 
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.


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