PhD fellow in phytoplankton biology and plankton interactions

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 15 Sep 2019

Natural History Museum of Denmark at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in phytoplankton biology and plankton interactions commencing November 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description

The successful candidate will be involved in the project “Inducible defense mechanisms and their effects – in the marine food web”. The candidate is expected to set up experiments involving phytoplankton and their grazers and explore the interaction based on morphological, physiological, behavioral and genetic data. Experience in marine phytoplankton, molecular ecology, microalgal biology and ecology, and statistics are relevant. The candidate will stay at an external research institution (Alfred Wegener Institute) for a few months.

We are seeking a highly motivated, hard-working student who is able to work in a multidisciplinary and international environment. The candidate should be equally comfortable working as part of a team and as working autonomously.

Main supervisor is Nina Lundholm, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen. Co-supervisors are Per Juel Hansen, Dep. of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Thomas Kiørboe, Danish Technical University and Uwe John, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany.

Principal supervisor is Associate professor Nina Lundholm, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, [email protected]; +45 35322282. Co-supervisors are Professor Per Juel Hansen, Dep. of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Professor Thomas Kiørboe, Danish Technical University and Uwe John, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany.

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
  • Participate in congresses/workshops
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the museum

Formal requirements

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Biology, preferably specializing in marine phytoplankton, marine biology, molecular ecology or a related field with good results. Proficiency in spoken and written English is a requirement. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any), relevant work experience and other professional activities.

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 325.625 (approx. €43,400) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,980). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format:

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project (max 1 page)
  • CV, incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 2-3 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 15. September 2019, 23:59 GMT +2.

Applications received after the deadline, or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements, may 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 contact the principal supervisor Nina Lundholm, [email protected], Direct Phone: +45 35322282

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at .

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