PhD fellow in plant molecular biology and chloroplast engineering

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 31 Jul 2017

PhD fellow in plant molecular biology and chloroplast engineering  

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences 

Faculty of Science 

University of Copenhagen 

Copenhagen Plant Science Centre (CPSC) at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is seeking a candidate for a 3-year PhD-scholarship commencing 1 December 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences constitutes a stimulating and international research environment. The position will be located at CPSC, a newly established research centre at the University of Copenhagen. The aim of CPSC is to create a cross-disciplinary scientific environment that links plant scientists and advances research from bench to field.  

Project description 

As PhD fellow located at CPSC you will be driving a DFF funded research project focused on improved engineering of biosynthetic pathways with cytotoxic intermediates into chloroplasts. To achieve this you design novel synthetic, self-tunable modules that allow feedback regulation of critical biosynthetic steps and thereby attenuate the accumulation of toxic intermediates. The aim is to be able to regulate the stoichiometry of key enzymatic components within synthetic metabolons and thereby optimize metabolite channeling efficiency, reduce potential cytotoxic intermediates or byproducts and eventually improve product yields in a sustainable manner. 

The project will be embedded in a highly competitive, stimulating and international research environment. Short research stays within laboratories of our collaborators inside or outside Denmark are envisioned. 

Principal supervisor

is Associate Professor Mathias Pribil, Email:

; telephone:  +4535337774. 

Job description 

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 

  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses 
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 
  • Teach and disseminate your research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for the department 

Qualification requirements  

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in biology, biochemistry or biotechnology. Successful candidates will have an excellent track record documented and will be highly motivated. An important criterion will be enthusiasm for the research area. A strong background in one or more of the following subjects is desirable: plant molecular biology/ biochemistry/ synthetic biology and/or bioimaging. The ideal candidate has strong inter-personal communication skills to build good working relations and is proficient in written and spoken English. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. 

Terms of employment  

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.  

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 312.879 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.219). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 

Application Procedure 

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  

Please include  

  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the PhD project 
  • CV  
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees 

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

The deadline for applications is 31.07.2017, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at


For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor Mathias Pribil, Email:; telephone:  +4535337774 

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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