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Postdoc for spectroscopy of biological ice

SurfLab, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
Aarhus C, Aarhus (DK)
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Nov 14, 2021

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SurfLab at Aarhus University seeks to hire a postdoc for the ERC project F-BioIce.
Within this project, you will study the structure and dynamics of ice proteins using sum frequency generation spectroscopy. Ice bacteria are the most effective ice nucleators known. Bacteria use specific proteins at their outer surface to start ice growth – with potential implications for life science, ecosystems and climate.

The starting date is 1 March 2022 and the duration of the employment will be 24 months.
The place of work is Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University and related departments.

Job description

A postdoc in our team will follow how ice proteins exert control over water molecules at interfaces surface specific spectroscopies. Postdocs in this ERC project will get involved in sum frequency generation spectroscopy experiments and will benefit from collaborations within a network of simulation groups, atmospheric scientists and biologists. Researchers in our group benefit from several new femtosecond laser systems, surface spectroscopy facilities, a vibrant group of spectroscopists and the strong community of laser experts at Aarhus University. Join a truly interdisciplinary environment with close collaboration in the United States, Switzerland, The Netherlands, India and Germany.

The Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University ( is one of the leading European chemistry departments with a broad research programs. It has a permanent staff of ~30 full and associate professors, a support-staff of ~30 people, ~150 PhD-students and postdocs and around 400 students.

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Outside of having a strong motivation to work on interfaces, postdoctoral fellows should have expertise in setting up and performing laser spectroscopies to be considered for the position.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Associate Professor Tobias Weidner:

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.

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.

Deadline: 14 November 2021



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