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MBG Young Investigator Symposium

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


With the Young Investigator Symposium 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 programme 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 at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. At the symposium, candidates will learn more about the department and the Danish funding opportunities, meet 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/). Interested candidates are more than welcome to contact the head of department, Erik Østergaard Jensen (eoj@mbg.au.dk), for additional information.