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2022-224-04645 Postdoc in Microbial Community Analysis

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, a Postdoc position is available. The Postdoc position is open for appointment from 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible herafter. The position is for 2.5 years. The position is located within the Section of Bioscience and Engineering at the Center for Microbial Communities, with working place in Aalborg. The Section of Bioscience and Engineering consists of 90 people of which about 30 is associate- and full professors. The section’s conducts internationally competitive research within a range of topics within Biology and Biotechnology and publishes more than 100 peer reviewed publications annually. The section is responsible for the educations in Biology, Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology and Environmental Science and is mostly located in Aalborg, but also conducts research and teaching at Esbjerg Campus.

Job description

The postdoc position is part of ongoing research to characterise and describe the microbiome of Denmark, within the scope of a large grant from the Poul Due Jensen foundation: “Microflora Danica – the Microbiome of Denmark”. Since 2019, we have collected, and metagenome sequenced 10,000 samples across Denmark and are now looking for a motivated and independent postdoc to pursue and define numerous research questions within this scope.

The postdoc will be part of the Microflora Danica research team of approximately 10 researchers at various career levels. Furthermore, the position will be anchored in the Center for Microbial Communities that has approx. 50 scientists working with structure and function of microbial communities, primarily related to environmental biotechnology. The Center has state of the art equipment within DNA sequencing (Illumina and Oxford Nanopore), laboratory automation, compute resources, proteomics, metabolomics and advanced microscopy.

We seek a scientist with strong background within microbial community analysis using high-throughput metagenome sequencing and statistical analysis and microbial ecology. Excellent oral and written English language skills are a requirement. Limited teaching within the area can be expected, but also in other study programmes at the University.

The application must contain a project description, which is required for technical reasons – in this case, where you apply for a specific project, you may upload a copy of the project description above.

We are a dynamic workplace with high professionalism and efficiency, a good working environment and with a focus on work-life balance. We strive for a culture with collaboration that promotes openness and curiosity towards new initiatives and ideas and with a constructive approach to problem solving. As an employee at the department, you will be part of an international research environment, with a focus on innovation, knowledge sharing and excellency as well as interdisciplinary collaborations.

You are highly encouraged to obtain further information on the project and work-life in Aalborg and Denmark from Professor Mads Albertsen (ma@bio.aau.dk).

The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience provides cutting-edge research and teaching in biotechnology, biology, environmental science, chemistry and chemical engineering. Our research solves important topics for the benefit of society, and through research-based teaching, we educate independent, collaborative and solution-oriented bachelors, graduates and PhDs.

At the department, we have high-profile research groups and individual researchers who deliver world-class applied and basic scientific research with a mission-driven approach, and who contribute to the development of new technologies, methods, and new basic insights within natural science and engineering. The department is divided into two sections: Section for Bioscience and Engineering and Section for Chemical Science and Engineering, as well as one administration. Both sections have activities on both Aalborg and Esbjerg campuses. The day-to-day management is handled by the head of department, the deputy heads of research and education, and the head of the secretariat in collaboration with section leaders.

Qualification requirements: 

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 in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

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

Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

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

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Camilla Bjerregaard Bock by mail est-ef-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 9582. Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here 


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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