Research assistant for the fish and crustacean diseases unit

Updated: 30 days ago

A position as research assistant at the Unit for fish and crustacean diseases is open for appointment as soon as possible.

The Unit for Fish and shellfish diseases at DTU Aqua carries out diagnostics, research and scientific based counseling regarding diagnostics, prevention and mitigation of infectious diseases (mainly viral) in fish and shellfish. Basic research in fish pathogens is also carried out.

The research unit acts as National Reference Laboratory in Denmark for fish, mollusk and crustacean diseases. In addition, the laboratory is appointed as the European Union Reference Laboratory for fish and crustacean diseases, as well as OIE laboratory for viral haemorragic septicaemia (VHS). As part of these functions, we arrange various courses and workshops, as well as provide scientific advice to the EU commission and to other EU member states. The laboratory is accredited in ISO standards 17025 and 17043.

Responsibilities and qualifications
As research assistant, your main responsibility will be to support and generate data for different research projects carried out at the Unit. This work will include:

  • Participation in research projects, being part of project implementation, data generation, and reporting. This will mainly include externally funding projects, but occasionally diagnostic duties in cases/projects may be relevant.
  • Responsibility for implementation of NGS techniques in the laboratory for pathogen targeting (full genome analyses), pathogen discovery (metagenomics) and microbiome analyses in relation to infection, and/or disease treatment.
  • Use of Oxford Nanopore Technologies, and in some cases Illumina sequencing.
  • Participation in training activities.
  • Implementation and troubleshooting of different molecular diagnostic assays.
  • Data analysis and reporting.
  • Generation of protocols and SOPs for laboratory use.

Most of these tasks will be done in collaboration with researches, technicians and other members of the group. However, the applicant should also be able to work independently in the laboratory carrying out a range of practical tasks.

We are looking for a research assistant with experience in Natural Sciences. The candidate should have experience with DNA/RNA extraction methods, PCR and qPCR techniques and sequencing, including NGS. We are looking for a research assistant that can work independently, and with enough knowledge of molecular techniques to be able to independently implement and troubleshoot new methods.

The candidate should be able to look actively in the scientific literature, and to provide help with the writing of manuscripts and reports.

Practical knowledge with Oxford Nanopore Technologies, e-DNA and basic bioinformatics analysis would be a clear advantage. Similarly, experience with full genome sequencing (viral/bacteria) would be advantageous.

It is particularly important that the candidate have good collaborative skills. A person with previous experience or interested in fish diseases will be preferred. The candidate must be ambitious and with a motivation for entering a PhD program in aquatic animal disease science if funding can be provided. It is expected that the results obtained will be published in international journals with the candidate as first or co-author.

As a formal qualification, you must have a master’s degree as, MSc, DVM or equivalent.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment is full-time and 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 position is for one year.

The place of work is at DTU Aqua, Kemitorvet building 202, Kgs Lyngby.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Niels Jørgen Olesen on 3588 6831 / 2924 4310 (mobile).

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 25 May 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) conducts research, provides advice, educates at university level and contributes to innovation in sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic resources. We investigate the biology and population ecology of aquatic organisms, aquatic physical and chemical processes and ecosystem structure and dynamics, taking account of all relevant natural and anthropogenic drivers.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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