Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship position at the Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics, Aarhus University, Denmark. We are seeking applicants for a 2-year position with a focus on durable black rust resistance in perennial ryegrass. The position is available from May 1 2023 or as soon as possible.

Job description: The aim of the project is to develop durable black rust disease resistance to prevent yield losses due to the impact of black rust through improved resistance breeding. The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a multidisciplinary team including university partners with experience in crop genetics, host-pathogen systems, pathogen population genetics, evolutionary biology and epidemiology a well as plant breeding companies.

The postdoctoral fellow will benefit from working in a world leading team and through exposure to a broad scientific context spanning the spectrum from basic biology to applied delivery of science research to achieve industry outcomes. Your research will include experiments to define host-pathogen interactions at the transcriptomic level, gene discovery as well functional characterization of candidate genes. The postdoctoral fellow is also expected to develop strong partnerships with other leading scientists and industrial partners worldwide in the area of durable disease resistance.

Your profile

We are looking for a highly motivated team member with a strong interest in plant science, genetics and bioinformatics, able to plan and conduct research independently.

  1. A PhD in relevant disciplines such as plant/animal breeding, genetics, computer science, or related fields.
  2. Expertise and proven track record of successful research in plant genetics and gene discovery.
  3. Expertise in transcriptomics.
  4. Programming expertise in e.g., R and python and analytic thinking.
  5. Expertise in high-performance computing and bioinformatics.
  6. Good communication and writing skills in English.
  7. Experience in writing scientific manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.

Who we are

The Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG) is a vibrant and exciting interdisciplinary center for research and education in quantitative genetics and quantitative genomics. QGG is an international organization with 70 employees and visiting researchers from more than 15 countries. We perform basic and applied research within plant, livestock and human quantitative genetics.

Our focus areas include quantitative genetics, artificial intelligence applied to agriculture and precision medicine, population genetics, and integrative genomics. QGG is located at the central campus in Aarhus and at the AU Flakkebjerg campus in newly renovated offices with well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories, equipment, and high-performing computing clusters.

What we offer

  • A welcoming and collaborative atmosphere with close working relationships in teams, professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.
  • Training and international experience in public-private partnerships.
  • Mentoring for career development.
  • High-performance computational resources.
  • A collaborative environment, in which the candidate will be able to share across research fields such as quantitative genetics, machine learning, bioinformatics, and population genetics and applications in agriculture.
  • The position provides excellent possibilities for publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Place of Work

The place of work is Aarhus University, Research Center Flakkebjerg, Forsøgsvej 1, 4200 Slagelse or C.F. Møllers Alle 3, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact Information

For further information and scientific enquiries, please contact Professor Torben Asp ( Deadline: Application deadline is 16 February 2023.

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: Technical 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).

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation 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 Taxation 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.


Deadline: Thursday 16 Feb 2023 at 23:59 CET

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