RE-ADVERTISEMENT: Postdoc in Single cell transcriptomics of the immune response in Parkinson’s

The Department of Biomedicine at Faculty of Health at Aarhus University invites applications for a position as Postdoc in the field of Transcriptomic analysis of immune response in Parkinson’s disease as per 1 November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a fixed-term full-time position for 1 year with a possibility of extension.

We offer a vibrant international research environment where English is the preferred language in the laboratory, at meetings and at seminars. The Department employs some 450 people and covers a range of research areas within Biomedicine. We contribute to the Bachelor’s degree programs in medicine, molecular medicine, odontology and the Master’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and medical chemistry. Our infrastructure is well developed with modern laboratories, core and animal facilities. You will work in the new ‘Skou Building’ but in close collaboration with a groups at Department of Molecular Biology. You can read more about the Department of Biomedicine “>”>here and about the Health Faculty .”>here . />

About the research project

Candidates will be part of a research group investigating the influence of the immune system in the neurodegenerative process in Parkinson’s disease. The candidate will use different approaches to characterize the immune (central and peripheral) response to alpha-synuclein induced neurodegeneration in a rodent model and in patients with Parkinson’s Disease.

You will be employed in the project Immune related biomarker and targets in Parkinson’s disease. This project is funded through the externally financed research grant – and your employment follows the project grant. The project is joined between two labs at the Health faculty and the Natural Science Faculty of AU. Close interaction and constant scientific exchange with the teams and the collaborators (both clinicians and private industry) will be essential for the advance of the project.

Your job responsibilities

As Postdoc in Biomedicine your position is primarily research-based but may also involve teaching assignments. You will contribute to the development of the department through research of high international quality. In your daily work, you will work closely with colleagues on your project, where you will receive supervision and guidance.

The postdoctoral fellow will, together with an postdoc experienced in Parkinson’s disease, focus on analyses of patient-derived peripheral blood cells and immune cells from rodent models using techniques such as scRNA sequencing, and spatial transcriptomics. In addition you will perform experiments using RNA aptamers as biosensors for the investigations of Parkinson’s disease biomarkers in biofluids from rodents models and patients. You will be responsible of the analysis of the omics data.

You should be able to work independently and responsibly, to critically analyze data, prepare and communicate results, prepare manuscripts and publish research findings in high quality journals. You are expected to keep updated regarding literature on the field. In addition, you will also supervise undergraduates laboratory projects during your appointment in the lab.

You will report to Associate Professor Marina Romero-Ramos.

Your competences We are seeking a highly motivated and independent postdoctoral researcher with a background/PhD in single cell transcriptomics, next generation sequencing and analysis of transcriptome data. The postdoctoral fellow will work in close collaboration with other fellows and students in the lab, utilizing the animal models and analyzing patients’ immune cells, and collaborative skills will be highly important for success in carrying out the planned research. Below is listed experience and skills that will be considered:

  • Proficiency in statistical and programming languages such as Perl, Python and/or R.
  • Experience working in a Linux-based high-performance computing environment.
  • Prior experience with analysis of NGS and preferably also single-cell omics data or other genomic sequencing data.
  • Sound understanding of single-cell biology, recent technologies and data science.
  • Experience with wet-lab protocols RNA-seq and scRNAseq (preferred but not needed).

The successful candidate is expected to have strong skills in English, show mobility in his/her CV, and to have a demonstrated scientific track record, including at least one first author publication in a per review scientific journal within a relevant field. Prior teaching experience will be also considered a plus.

As a person, you are ambitious, take ownership and possess good communication and interpersonal skills.

In order to be assessed as qualified for a Postdoc position, you must meet academic criteria .

Shortlisting will be used.

Questions about the position

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Marina Romero-Ramos email: .

Your place of work will be the Department of Biomedicine, Skou Building, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

We expect to conduct interviews 15 October 2021.

Previously submitted applications will be taken into consideration unless they are withdrawn.

Terms of employment

  • Appointment as a postdoc requires academic qualifications at PhD level.
  • Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the

Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities . * The appointment is in accordance with the

Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne). * Remuneration is in accordance with the above, and the

Salary agreement catalogue for staff at Health . * The yearly base salary for a fulltime postdoc position with minimum 3 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree is DKK 486,969.17 or DKK 512,713.62 with minimum 4 years of working experience after achieved MSc degree. The base salary includes a position related supplement and pension (17.1 %). Additional supplement(s) for special qualifications can be negotiated. Authorisation supplemement(s) will be granted, if relevant for the position. Your local eligible trade union representative at Aarhus University negotiates your salary on your behalf.

  • Researchers recruited from abroad are offered a

researcher tax scheme with a lower tax rate. * Further information on qualification requirements and job description can be found in the.

Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff


Your application must include the following:

Motivated application

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma
  • A list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio. We refer to

Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios * A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted

Template for applicant – postdoc must be completed and uploaded under ‘Extra documents’ * Strategic research plan can be uploaded

  • Coauthor statement(s) can be uploaded
  • References/recommendations can be uploaded separately in the e-recruitment system

We refer to the faculty’s Guidelines for applicants .

The assessment committee may decide to include non-submitted material in

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