PHD Stipend in Insect Microbiome Associations (18-21104)

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PHD Stipend in Insect Microbiome Associations (18-21104)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, a PhD Stipend is available within the study programme of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 April 2022. The position is for 3 years. The Department consists of two sections with research and teaching in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Technology and Biology. Place of employment of the position is Section for Bioscience and Engineering in Aalborg. In the workplace, we strive for diversity in nationality, culture, and gender, growth as a team effort, maintaining an inspiring physical work environment, and ensuring a good work-life balance.

Job description

Commercial insect production has been suggested as a major way of achieving a more sustainable production of food and feed that can help secure the global demand for food, but with less emission of greenhouse gasses. However, insect performance and nutritional value differ substantially across growth substrates and production thus needs to be optimized to be a major contributor of food and feed.

The successful applicant will become part of a team (Assoc. Prof. and PI Simon Bahrndorff (Aalborg University), Prof. Jeffery Tomberlin (Texas University), and Prof. Tom Gilbert (University of Copenhagen)) aiming at exploring insect microbiome associations and the biotechnological applications of the hologenome (host genome and metagenome of the intestinal microorganisms) for improving insect production. We hypothesize that unique microbiomes can be used for improving insect production through increased feed conversion efficiency and with a more uniform performance and production across growth substrates.The successful applicant will among other things investigate the gut microbiome composition and functional role in insects, and use microbiome engineering to help improve commercial insect production.

A relevant educational background within biology, biotechnology or molecular biology, and experimental experience in biology and/or molecular biology is necessary. Furthermore, documented bioinformatics competences and experience is considered an advantage.

Attached project description should be a maximum of 1 page (not including references).

For further information about scientific aspects of the stipend, please contact Associate Professor Simon Bahrndorff by mail:

Place of employment is Aalborg University, and place of work is Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Section for Bioscience and Engineering, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7H, 9200 Aalborg East, Denmark.

The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience advances regional, national, and global knowledge build-up, while contributing to the solution of societal challenges through innovative research, problem-based education and knowledge-based collaborations. We produce excellent research in engineering and natural science and Aalborg University constantly ranks top of the World within engineering research and education

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time.
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Vigdis Skomager-Bohnfeldt, The Doctoral School at The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: ,  phone: +45 9940 7408.
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The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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