Postdoctoral position in structure of sugar and phytohormone transporting membrane proteins at Aarhus University, Denmark; The Pedersen group at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, is looking for a highly skilled and motivated postdoc with an interest in working on sugar and hormone transporting membrane transporters and preferably with a proven track record in the area of structural and/or functional analysis of membrane proteins.

Expected start date and duration of employment: Starting date is negotiable from September 1st or as soon as possible. The position is a fulltime position with 2 years of employment. 

Job description: The position seeks to strengthen ongoing activities in the laboratory of Bjørn P. Pedersen related to the function and mechanism of sugar-transporting and hormone-transporting membrane proteins in plants (

Examples of our research can be found in Bavnhøj et al. “Molecular mechanism of sugar transport in plants unveiled by structures of glucose/H+ symporter STP10” Nature Plants 7 (2021), Ung et al. “Structures and mechanism of the plant PIN-FORMED auxin transporter” Nature 609 (2022).

The laboratory’s interest is the interplay between structure and function of transmembrane transport processes with a focus on metabolite uptake systems and proton driven transport, and the methods uses are primarily structural biology (cryo-EM, crystallography) and biochemistry. The group is part of the Section of Structural Biology at Aarhus University. For further details on the position, please contact Bjørn P Pedersen (

Your profile

We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated postdoc with an interest in working on deciphering the mechanism of sugar and hormone transport using a variety of biophysics and structural biology techniques.

The candidate must have:

  • A relevant Ph.D. degree and a solid and documented background in structural biology and biochemistry.

A successful candidate has:

  • A proven track record in the area of structural biology or biophysics.
  • Expertise in membrane protein related research areas is of advantage.
  • Experience with in vitro biophysics and/or cryo-EM and crystallography techniques is a plus.

Finally, applicants should:

  • Be ambitious.
  • Show strong collaborative skills.
  • Should also be able to take initiatives and responsibility within the work environment.

Who we are

Situated in a newly renovated laboratory complex within the central campus of Aarhus University, The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics comprises a vibrant research and education environment.

The department currently has 75 full time scientific staff, 95 PhD students and a yearly uptake of around 160 students housed in the same building ensuring a lively setting. The department has access to state-of-the-art core facilities, including FACS, Bioimaging, CryoEM and Biophysics cores.

The city of Aarhus

In Aarhus you have easy access to beautiful nature, an exciting culture and city life as well as a safe environment for children – a great place for the whole family. The city of Aarhus has everything you need within a surprisingly small area: exciting national and international jobs, delightful residential areas, a rich cultural life, and beautiful surrounding landscape of woods and coastline that make Aarhus a wonderful place to live and work.

What we offer

The department/centre offers:

  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is Universitetsbyen 81, 8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

Contact information

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Bjørn Panyella Pedersen (

Applications must be received no later than May 15th 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

Natural 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. 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: 15. May 2023.

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