PhD fellow in the constrains of oxygen in enzymatic plant cell wall decomposition

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 10 Mar 2021

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at University of Copenhagen is offering two PhD fellowships in the constrains of oxygen in enzymatic plant cell wall decomposition, commencing the 1 June 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment
The PhDs project are integral part of the OxyMiST project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. This is an international project led by Section for Forest, Nature and Biomass, at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management ( ). OxyMiST is a collaborative project with Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University, UK, and INRAE in Marseille, France. The successful applicants will thus join a vibrant international research environment.

Project description
Oxygen is essential to the life that we can see, but what happens deep in environmental niches where oxygen is a scarce resource? The OxyMiST project aims to expand our understanding of oxygen constrained life, and will do so from analysis of microorganism communities and characterisation of their enzyme secretomes. The successful applicants for these PhD fellowships will work closely together with senior and junior scientists who are deeply engaged in the research field.

We are seeking two motivated and creative candidates who display enthusiasm and good interpersonal and communication skills. Candidates with documented knowledge on analytical chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, HPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS, and enzyme activity assays are preferred. Further, applicants with documented experience in completing a scientific manuscript will be prioritized

Principal supervisor is Katja Salomon Johansen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, respectively. E-mail: .

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

  • to independently design and execute experiments and manage data analysis,
  • to record experimental results in a professional manner, 
  • to attend and pass PhD courses,
  • to draft and submit research articles, as the primary author, to peer-reviewed journals,
  • to write and submit a high-quality PhD thesis,
  • to teach BSc and MSc students in courses and supervise in research laboratories,
  • to disseminate the research results at conferences and workshops,
  • to stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad,
  • to execute GLP and ensure safety,
  • to contribute to the maintenance of shared instruments,
  • to participate in departmental, section and research group activities.

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology or plant biology, and should be fluent in both spoken and written English.

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 330,817 (approx. €44,108) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,761). 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. Please state your motivation and describe how your background contributes to the project.
  • CV (maximum 2 pages).
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any).
  • 1-3 reference letter (if any)

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 10 March 2021, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline 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, professorKatja Salomon Johansen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, .

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at .

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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