We offer a PhD fellowship at Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) at the Technical University of Denmark. The PhD project is connected to the INTERACT consortium and will be carried out in the Bacterial Interactions and Evolution Group headed by Professor Ákos. T. Kovács in the Section for Microbial and Chemical Ecology.
INTERACT is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation via the Collaborative Crop Resiliency Program (CCRP). The overall aim of INTERACT is to decode microbial interactions in the complex soil matrix, in relation to soil biogeochemical status, water stress as well as pathogen attack, and establish the impact of these interactions on plant performance.
We seek an enthusiastic and motivated candidate to study microbial signalling related to plant beneficial traits, including secondary metabolite production using molecular microbiology and microscopy techniques. You will be involved in a fun PhD project on microbial natural products, with strong international connections within INTERACT, a productive scientific environment, and a good work-life balance. The position will be available from September 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Responsibilities and qualifications
Your PhD project will contribute to our understanding the molecular mechanisms behind microbial signalling. You will assay production of secondary metabolites in Gram-positive bacteria by creating biosensors, generate mutants with altered synthesis of compounds that may be involved in signalling with plant roots and/or interaction with the wheat root rhizosphere consortia. Further, you will also collaborate on imaging of protists to unravel predator-prey interactions in the wheat rhizosphere.
Candidates should have a master’s degree in molecular biology, biology, engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.
We are looking for a candidate with a solid background in microbial genetics of Gram-positive bacteria, combined with interest in microbial interactions. Candidates should have experience with molecular microbiology (e.g. cloning and transformation of Bacilli), fluorescence microscopy and image analysis (e.g. BiofilmQ or similar), while background on plant-microbe interactions and transcriptional regulation of secondary metabolite production is advantageous. You should be an efficient team worker, have good communication skills, and have a critical approach to formulation and testing of hypotheses.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Ákos T. Kovács.
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Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.
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Further information may be obtained from Professor Ákos T. Kovács, tel.: +45 4525 2527, email@example.com
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Please submit your online application no later than 18June 2021 (Danish time).
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
- A letter motivating the application (cover letter) – Please provide contact details for two referees in your motivation letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
You may apply prior to obtaining your master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) addresses challenges of societal and scientific importance within biotechnology, biomedicine, food technology and human health. The department is based on both basic and applied research and employs tools from biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, cellular biology, immunology, microbial ecology and physiology, bioinformatics and bio-engineering. Research is conducted within three main areas: Microbial ecology and physiology, Industrial biotechnology and cell factories, and Biomedicine and health. The department has extensive collaboration with national and international research units and industries. DTU Bioengineering has over 300 employees, of which 2/3 is scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus