Postdoc in AMR and microbiome research in pigs

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 03 Mar 2021

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 2-year position, who will be able to commence on 1st May 2021. The position is funded by the EU project AVANT , which focuses on development and testing for alternatives to antimicrobials in pig production. The postdoc will mainly conduct AMR and microbiome research in this project but is also expected to participate in other projects within these two research areas.

Information on the department can be found at:

Our research
The postdoc will be part of the research group on One Health Antimicrobial Resistance (OHAR) led by Prof. Luca Guardabassi. The group is presently composed by 2 associate professors, 1 assistant professor, 2 research assistants, 2 PhD students and 1 technician representing 6 different countries.  Our research focuses on
on discovery and development of solutions for improving diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy of bacterial infections in veterinary medicine using a One Health approach. For more information:

Your job
We strive for a postdoc that is both self-standing and able to work in a team environment. Your main tasks will be to carry out laboratory and computer-based research as well as writing of manuscripts and grant applications. You will also be involved in teaching in the form of lectures and laboratory supervision of MSc and BSc students.

We are looking for a highly motivated, ambitious and enthusiastic scientist with
an outstanding record of independent research on AMR and bacterial genomics and documented experience in metagenomics analysis. Applicants should have the following qualifications:

Essential experience and skills:

  • A PhD in microbiology or biology applied to bacteria
  • A strong background in microbiology, including identification, genotyping and antimicrobial susceptibility testing
  • An excellent publication record in relation to career stage, including articles covering the two areas of this position
  • An active interest in bioinformatics applied to genome sequencing and metagenomics
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience in bioinformatics analysis of sequencing data
  • Experience in preparation of libraries for 16s rRNA gene and/or shotgun sequencing

Place of employment

The place of employment is at the 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 that are fully equipped to perform traditional and molecular microbiology, including omics.

Terms of employment
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is 1st May 2021 or shortly after.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,622 DKK/ approx. 4,655 Euro (February 2021-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 “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of January 2020.

For further information please contact Luca Guardabassi .

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.

Application deadline:  3 March 2021, 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 11 (16-19 March 2021).

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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