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Assistant Professor in Noncoding RNA Research (2021-224-03851)

At the Center for RNA Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, a part-time position as assistant professor in non-coding RNA research is open for appointment from January 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment is initially for 2 years with possibility of extension. The position will be based at Aalborg University, Copenhagen.

Job description

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 studies the roles of microRNAs and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in human health and disease. We are currently pursuing several research projects focusing on ncRNA functions in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and neurological disorders. The center’s long-term goal is to translate our research findings into new RNA-based therapeutic strategies for treatment of life-threatening diseases. The Center for RNA Medicine is located at Aalborg University Campus Copenhagen, has excellent research facilities and a broad international network of research collaborators.

About the position

The Center for RNA Medicine is seeking a highly motivated outstanding candidate with a strong interest in ncRNA biology and translational research. The successful candidate will be exploring the biological roles of lncRNAs in cardiovascular diseases and neurological disorders in collaboration with computer scientists and cell biologists at the Center for RNA Medicine. The aim of the project is to investigate the mechanisms of specific lncRNAs and to assess their potential as therapeutic targets by knockdown studies in cell lines and mouse models.

For further information regarding the position, please contact Prof. Sakari Kauppinen at +45 20477994.


  • Appointment as an Assistant Professor 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 an assistant professor cannot exceed a period of four years at Aalborg University (appointment at assistant professor level cannot exceed a period of eight years in total in Denmark).
  • Furthermore, the successful candidate for the position (7,4 hours per week) should possess the following qualifications:
  • A PhD degree and several years of experience as postdoc in life science.
  • Strong background in cell and molecular biology, ncRNA biology and translational research.
  • Experience working with in vitro models for cardiovascular disease and neurological research, particularly modulation of ncRNA in mammalian cell cultures, functional assays, and flow cytometry.
  • Experience with primary primary neurons and microglia cells and working with in vivo mouse models.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work independently and effectively in a collaborative research environment.
  • Excellent English skills and research stay abroad at top universities are highly recommended.


The application must contain the following:

  • A statement outlining your reasons for applying, and intentions and visions with the position
  • Your curriculum vitae, including personal data, educational background, scientific qualifications, dissemination skills, participation in committees and boards, and additional qualifications relevant for the position 
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation
  • A complete list of publications you wish to be considered by the assessment committee. You may attach up to 5 publications
  • A specification of your teaching qualifications relative to the teaching portfolio. If this is not enclosed you must include an explanation for its absence. 
  • References/recommendations


All candidates will be assessed by an assessment committee.

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

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

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. 

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below. 

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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