Postdoc in Molecular Microbiology

Roskilde University


Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as postdoc in Molecular Microbiology from April 1st 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position concerns studies of Salmonella virulence mechanisms. The position as postdoc is limited to a period of 2 years. The project is funded by a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The position is affiliated with the Molecular & Medical Biology (MMB) Group that conducts research in basic and translational science of biomedicine and molecular biology. The MMB Group covers a broad spectrum of biological disciplines and works with bacteria, yeast, insect and mammalian cells. At the department we have state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, including Biosafety level 1 and 2 laboratories, mammalian cell culturing laboratories, confocal microscopes, a fully equipped chemical synthesis laboratory and spectroscopic instruments, including the following: NMR, HPLC, LC-HRMS, Proteomics platform. Read more about the department here:


The research group
The Salmonella research group studies the molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions to identify novel virulence mechanisms and develop these into suitable antimicrobial targets. We are particularly focused on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of the link between pathogen-produced small secondary metabolites and virulence, with a potential for identifying novel pathogen-specific targets for treatment of bacterial infections. We are using the human pathogen Salmonella Typhimurium as a model for both intestinal and systemic infections. We have a cross-disciplinary research environment with close collaborations with other researchers.


Responsibilities and tasks
The Postdoc’s work will include research within bacterial intercellular signaling in Salmonella Typhimurium.

Specifically, the project will investigate the molecular mechanisms of a novel signal essential for virulence in Salmonella. In collaboration with an organic chemist and a structural biologist, the Postdoc will also investigate structure activity relationship of the signaling molecule as well as identify its cognate protein partner. The project is interdisciplinary combining expertise within host-pathogen interactions, molecular biology, and medicinal chemistry. In addition, a certain amount of teaching is also required.


We are looking for a highly motivated, independent and enthusiastic scientist. Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent within molecular microbiology or closely related field.


Qualifications within the following scientific areas are required:


  • Site-directed mutagenesis in bacterial model organisms.
  • Cloning, protein expression, protein purification.
  • Working with human pathogenic bacteria in Biosafety Level 2 laboratories.
  • Molecular studies of host-pathogen interactions.
  • Knowledge of or interest in organic chemistry and protein/chemical structural analysis (NMR, HPLC, MS, Proteomics).


The ideal candidate shall be enterprising and possess good communication skills, be visible and involved in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.


In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:


  • Scientific production and research prospective,
  • The ability to promote and utilize research results,
  • Experience in teaching and education,
  • Ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation,


For further information about the postdoc, please contact Associate Professor Lotte Jelsbak on tel. (+45) 46742216 or e-mail:

Note: Applications submitted to this e-mail will not be taken into consideration. See below for link to application portal.


Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Expected starting date is April 1st 2020. Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). 


The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  


Application procedure
After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.


Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.


The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.


Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.


To apply for the position go to 


Only applications in English are accepted. 


Applications must include: 


1. Cover letter 

2. CV 

3. Documentation of education 

4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here

5. A complete list of publications 

6. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment  

   If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here


Please submit your application no later than 7th of February 2020.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 


Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 



Application due date

Institut for Naturvidenskab og Miljø

Videnskabelig personale (VIP)
Susanne Sørensen
Lotte Jelsbak

Roskilde Universitet
Universitetsvej 1
Postboks 260
4000 Roskilde

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