PhD-student in plant immunity studies

Updated: 18 days ago
Deadline: 08 Nov 2020

We are searching for an enthusiastic and dedicated person to undertake studies of cellular mechanisms in plants attacked by the barley powdery mildew fungus. We have many years of experience in research on plant immunity and powdery mildew susceptibility processes. We have in particular focus on membrane trafficking and other membrane associated processes connected to immunity and fungal exploitation of the plant cell, and we study how these processes are influenced by fungal effectors.

Based on a grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, we have within this area designed a project, which involve overlapping analyses of barley and di-cot plants that are host and non-host to the fungus, respectively. You will use fungal effectors to search for specific molecular and cellular mechanisms to uncover their role in plant immunity. You will be part of our highly experienced research team of about 15 people, all sharing interest in your project.

Principal supervisor isProfessor Hans Thordal-Christensen, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, or +45 35 33 34 43. 

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
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Required qualifications

The applicant should hold professional as well as personal skills and qualifications as stated below:

  • Applicants should have a Master-degree in biology-biotechnology, molecular biology or related area
  • Practical experience in plant genetics, molecular and/or cell biology
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Be excellent in English, writing and speech

Candidates fulfilling one or more of the following qualifications will be prioritized:

  • Practical experience in molecular plant-microbe interactions
  • Practical experience in plant genetics
  • Practical experience in cell membrane biology

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the position
  • Publications (if any)
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills

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 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

Reference letters must be uploaded by the applicant him/herself. The recruiting person must NOT  obtain reference letters which content is not known to the applicant him/herself. This is against Danish law.

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 Sunday 8 November 2020, 23:59 GMT+2.

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.
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at .

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