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MBG Young Investigator Symposium 2020

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the symposium will take place as a virtual event.

Become part of the Young Investigator Research Programme and our new colleague at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark

With this call, we aim to attract and mentor talented and visionary scientists to apply for Danish investigator grants with the aim of establishing a research group at the Department of Molecular Biology (MBG), Aarhus University, Denmark. Research at MBG spans a wide range of basic and applied research themes within molecular and structural biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and molecular medicine, and we can offer a fruitful and diverse environment that fosters novel and innovative research ideas and supports collaborative projects.

The call is specifically aimed at early-career and emerging principal investigators, i.e. senior postdocs looking to establish their own research groups or early-phase junior PIs. Applicants are expected to have a strong publication record and approximately 4-8 years of post-doctoral experience.

Admission into the young investigator programme follows a two-step process, in which five applicants are initially selected based on their CV and a motivation letter and subsequently invited to present their work at the MBG Young Investigator Symposium to take place on August 12 - 13, 2020. The symposium will consist of videos and talks presenting  the department and the Danish funding opportunities. The candidates will have one-on-one meetings with relevant PIs at the department, and be given an opportunity to present their future research plans and discuss career strategies and support offered at Aarhus University. Based on the outcome of the symposium, several candidates will be offered a place in the programme and receive mentoring on funding with the aim of establishing a research group at MBG for a period of 5-7 years.

MBG offers an inclusive, stimulating, and international research environment with equal opportunities regardless of gender, race or religion. Denmark offers a great work-life balance with excellent parental leave options, which may be of particular relevance to early-career researchers. MBG Young Investigator Research Programme candidates receive a personal career mentor and the possibility to participate in the Aarhus University Junior Researcher Development Programme.

For further information on our department, please visit our website (https://mbg.au.dk/en/).

Application and further information on the event: https://mbg.au.dk/MBG-Young-Investigator-Symposium-2020/

How to apply:

Submit your application, including the following:

  • A letter of motivation, including a summary of your future research plans (one page in total)
  • A curriculum vitae, including a publication list
  • The names and email addresses of three references.

The CV should solely describe your scientific merits and need not contain information about age, gender, nationality, nor include a photo or any personal information.

  • Application deadline: Thursday 28 May 2020.
  • Decision for attendance: Thursday 4 June 2020.


For further questions, please contact Head of Department Erik Østergaard Jensen (eoj@mbg.au.dk)