Assistant Professor of phage-host interactions

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 26 Mar 2020

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher who has experience in phage-host interactions for a 3 year position as Assistant Professor to commence 1 June 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Information about the Department can be found at: .

Our research

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are one of modern society’s major challenges and alternative solutions are urgently needed. Bacteriophages are bacteria-killing microorganisms that occur naturally in all environments, only targeting specific bacteria ensuring that the normal microflora is preserved. The concept of using bacteriophages to control bacteria in food and primary production in biocontrol strategies is currently advancing worldwide providing such alternative solutions.

Information about the research group in Phage biology and biocontrol can be found at:

Your job

Your tasks would be to identify and characterize bacteriophages infecting E. coli at the genetic and phenotypic level, investigating the specificity of phage killing of E. coli as well as determining the mechanisms of host recognition and resistance development. You will collaborate with industry as well as experts in technology development and primary production. The results will be used in a new biocontrol strategy against E. coli in primary production and will lead to discovery of novel biological mechanisms within phage diversity and phage-bacteria interactions expected to lead to publications in high-ranking international journals. Finally, you contribute to other projects in the research group with your competencies, skills or lab work and are actively engaged in writing grant proposals.

The assistant professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research as well as research dissemination in international journals
  • sharing knowledge with society, including industry
  • development of new research projects and secure funding
  • research-based teaching in food microbiology and bacteriophages
  • supervision of master and bachelor thesis students
  • participation in formal pedagogical training program for assistant professors


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in microbiology or biotechnology or another related field
  • You are highly experienced in bacteriophage biology, including phage isolation and characterization, bioinformatics, genetic analysis of microorganisms as well as statistical methods
  • You have a documented record of publications within the area of phage-host interactions
  • You have an active interest in developing phage solutions for industry
  • You have pre- and postgraduate teaching experience within food microbiology and novel solutions for combatting pathogenic bacteria in the food chain
  • Experience working with industrial partners and/or in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience in grant writing
  • Experience in project management

Place of employment

The place of employment is at Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and equipment.

Terms of employment

The employment as assistant professor is a full time and fixed-term position for 3 years. Starting date is 1 June 2020.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 33,600 DKK/ approx. 4,480 Euro (April 2018-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the rules described in the Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of 2020.


For further information please contact Professor Lone Brøndsted; email

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do

4. List of publications

5. Teaching portfolio if applicable

Application deadline: 26 March 2020, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Interviews are expected to be held in week 17

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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