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Postdoc in Animal Virology Research (Denmark)

Technical University of DenmarkApplications are invited from candidates for a two year position as a postdoc at the National Veterinary Institute, within the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Division of Virology, located at Lindholm Island between Moen and Zealand (near Kalvehave).

Responsibilities and tasks 
The successful applicant will participate in research on the molecular biology of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV), which is one of the major threats to global agriculture and is one of the key focus areas at Lindholm.

The project (funded for 2 years) will focus on identifying the particular features of the FMDV Leader protease that are required for the inhibition of cellular protein synthesis, thereby blocking certain host defense systems. The project aims to obtain detailed understanding of the molecular processes involved in the “fight” between virus and the host cell.  These studies are supported by an FNU-funded project (recently awarded to Graham J. Belsham).

The likely candidates hold a PhD degree in virology, molecular biology or related biomedical sciences. Candidates with a good work ethic and research productivity, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, will be preferred.

A positive attitude and good interpersonal skills are essential.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

Important notice

Due to work with virus diseases not occurring in Denmark (OIE (former) list A diseases) the employee will be restricted in getting in contact with cloven-hoofed animals. More detailed information on these restrictions may be obtained from The National Veterinary Institute –

Further information
Further information can be obtained from Professor Graham Belsham,, +45 3588 7985.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 9 August 2013. 

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link « Apply online, » fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, inno- vation and public service. Our staff of 5,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 9,000 students are educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

Source:, July 30, 2013

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