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Postdoctoral Position in RNA Biology and Medicine (2021-224-03531)

At the Center for RNA Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, a Postdoc position in RNA biology and medicine is open for appointment from September 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment is for three years with possibility of extension and the position will be based at the Copenhagen Campus of Aalborg University. The Department of Clinical Medicine conducts research within all the clinical medical disciplines and provides teaching resources in all subject fields at the Faculty of Medicine of Aalborg University. The Department of Clinical Medicine has 40 affiliated research units organized in a series of cross-disciplinary research programs, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and neurological disorders. The Center for RNA Medicine (CRM) was established in 2015 and is located on the Copenhagen campus of Aalborg University in the heart of the South Harbor of Copenhagen. The main focus of CRM is to understand the biological functions of microRNAs (miRNAs) and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in human health and disease. We are currently pursuing several research projects that explore the roles of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) and RNA editing in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD), non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and obesity. Our long-term goal is to translate ncRNA discoveries into novel RNA-targeted therapeutic strategies for the treatment of life-threatening diseases, and we have received DKK 60 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Challenge Programme to advance development of new miRNA-targeted therapies to tackle NASH. CRM participates in the FANTOM 6 project, has brand new, state-of-the-art research facilities and a broad international network of research collaborators. For more information about CRM, please visit our website: www.rna-medicine.dk

Job description

About the position

The Center for RNA Medicine is seeking a highly motivated outstanding candidate with a strong interest in miRNA and lncRNA biology and RNA therapeutics. The successful candidate will be working on ncRNA biology to elucidate RNA-regulatory networks in human disease. The candidate is expected to study the biological functions of candidate miRNAs and lncRNAs in CVD, NASH and obesity in cell culture and mouse models in close collaboration with bioinformaticians and molecular and cell biologists at the Center for RNA Medicine.

For further information regarding the position, please contact Professor Sakari Kauppinen at ska@dcm.aau.dk or Professor Shizuka Uchida at suc@dcm.aau.dk.


Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD-level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years at Aalborg University (appointment at Postdoc level cannot exceed a period of eight years in total in Denmark; however, max. six years at Assistant Professor level - which includes Postdoc - at the same institution).

Furthermore, the successful candidate for the postdoc position should possess the following qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, RNA Biology or a similar area.
  • Strong background in cell and molecular biology, and in miRNA and/or lncRNA research.
  • Skilled within mammalian cell culture, RNA technologies, and animal studies.
  • Prior experience working with omics and RNA-seq data analysis is an advantage.
  • Solid publication track record in RNA journals as first or lead author.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative research environment.
  • Excellent English skills.

The application

The applications are only to be submitted online using the “Apply online” button below, and must contain the following:

  • A motivated letter wherein the reasons for applying, summary of research experience and qualifications in relation to the position are stated.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a complete list of scientific publications
  • Diplomas and all relevant certificates for obtained MSc and PhD degrees.
  • Additional qualifications relevant for the position.
  • References

All candidates will be assessed by an assessment committee.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. 

For further information regarding the application procedure, please contact Jeannette Bøgh, by mail at jebo@adm.aau.dk or by phone at (+45) 9940 7968.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here.


Appointment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Science's Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Salary is in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State.

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