Postdoctoral fellow in molecular analysis of interactions in multispecies biofilms

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 29 Sep 2019

This postdoc position will be associated to a large research and innovation action on the valorization of mining waste. The project BIORECOVER aims to search for new sustainable and safe process, based on biotechnology, for the selective extraction of a wide range of materials such as Rare Earth Elements, Magnesium and Platinium group metals.

In this project, we study the colonization and succession processes of microbial communities in extreme environments that are mining wastes as well as potential microbial synergy in metal resistance and immobilization. The main tasks will be to lead the metagenomic / metatranscriptomic sequencing and analyses of different types of mining residues samples and characterize collaborative interactions within microbial consortia isolated from mining wastes. Part of the work duties will be to act as daily coordinator and leader of the in-house Illumina sequencing facility.

The position is for 2 years and is funded by the H2020 RIA BioRecover. The project will be carried out at Section of Microbiology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen. The position is to be filled from 15 December 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.


We are looking for a motivated researcher with extensive research experience in microbiology and analysis of microbial genomic and meta-omic data, with a proven record of scientific publications. The researcher should have wet lab experience to be able to design and conduct experiments. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to participate in the coordination of the section sequencing platform, and therefore, experience in sequencing technology management is required.

The following qualifications are required:

  • PhD degree (or equivalent) in Microbiology, Biotechnology or similar.
  • Independent research experience as a postdoc or other equivalent position.
  • Extensive experience with analysis of meta-omic data sets (i.e. meta-genome/meta-transcriptome analyses for community structure and function characterization).
  • Extensive experience with genomic analyses (Genome assembly and annotation, comparative genomics).
  • Hands on experience with next generation sequencing, including both long read technology such as Oxford Nanopore and short reads such as Illumina MiSeq for amplicon and shotgun sequencing.
  • Extensive experience in environmental sampling (sampling plan preparation and handling of associated logistics).
  • Hands on experience with molecular biology applied to extreme and low-biomass environments.
  • Expertise in multiple bacterial cultivation techniques and bacterial systems, such as handling of natural isolates and evaluation of metal resistance.
  • Extensive knowledge in microbial ecology with a particular emphasis on adaption to extreme environments.
  • Proven publication track record.
  • Supervision of bachelor and master students.
  • Ability to engage in teamwork within the group and our collaborators.
  • Fluency in English.


The application must contain:

  • Motivated letter of application
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Contact details of 2 persons for references


After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. You can read about the recruitment process at .

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 up to DKK 430.569 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 73.627). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

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

The deadline for the application is 29 September 2019, 23:59 GMT+2.

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Applications received after the deadline, or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements, may not be considered.

For further information about the position please contact Associate Prof. Søren J. Sørensen: .

Further information on the Department is linked at

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