Postdoc Position – Insect Temperature Physiology with emphasis on mitochondrial function

    Postdoc Position - Insect Temperature Physiology with emphasis on mitochondrial function

    Post-doctoral Position in insect temperature physiology with emphasis on mitochondrial function is available at Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    Jun 22, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Biology
    – Physiology
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Biology
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period16 Month
    Starting dateSept 01, 2021 or ASAP


    The successful candidate

    • must have completed a PhD in Biology/Physiology at the planed start of the position
    • must have a general understanding of thermal physiology of ectothermic animals
    • must have experience with cellular and molecular physiology and ideally be familiar with methods for measurements of mitochondrial respiration (The lab has several Oroboros respirometers)
    • has experience with independent planning and running of large laboratory experiments
    • has the ability to work in a team but also the ability to develop ideas independently
    • has strong English communication skills and a proven ability to publish scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals
    • must be detail-oriented and familiar with calibration, validation and documentation procedures

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    • The project will investigate if/how preservation of mitochondrial function is linked to thermal tolerance in insects (Drosophila)
    • Data will primarily come from laboratory measurements of OXPHOS using an Oroboros set-up, but experiments can also include assessment of enzymatic activity, ROS production rate, whole animal respirometry and metabolomic analysis of mitochondrial substrates
    • The comparative experimental design will assess and compare the mitochondrial response to high or low temperature stress in different Drosophila species with known differences in thermal tolerance
    • The laboratory has extensive experience with studies of thermal physiology using this comparative system where we aim to understand the integrative physiology of heat and cold stress in insects using experiments ranging from the molecular to the organismal level.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click APPLY ONLINE button mentioned above.

    Documents Required

    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). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

    About the Department

    The successful candidate is offered:

    • access to a well-developed research infrastructure
    • office and laboratory spaces, shared equipment
    • a research climate inviting lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
    • a working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists and social activities
    • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance


    • All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. 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.
    • 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.


    Professor Johannes Overgaard,
    Tel: +45 27142634,

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    Post-doctoral position in insect temperature physiology with emphasis on mitochondrial function

    Post expires at 8:59am on Wednesday June 23rd, 2021 (GMT+9)

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