Postdoctoral position in soil microbial ecology at Section of Microbiology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 20 Dec 2021

A 2-year postdoctoral fellowship is available from March 1st 2022, or as soon as possible here after, at the Departments of Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The research project

You will join GRADCATCH, an international research project within the BiodivERsA EU Horizon 2020 network. GRADCATCH aims at deciphering the impact of climate change on soil microbial activity and diversity at the phylogenetic and functional levels along natural gradients in temperature and precipitation in Greenland, Europe and South Africa. You will mainly work on large data sets involving PCR amplicon sequences, metagenomes and metatranscriptomes from soil samples collected along the gradients, including an extensive soil transplantation experiment. The DNA sequence data will be linked to a large number of soil and microbial parameters. The experimental setup allows us to unravel the short- and long-term effects of climate change and we expect that our data sets will enable us to untangle the effects of changes in temperature and precipitation/soil water content on soil microbial activity and diversity.

You will be based at Section of Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, but will work closely together with other GRADCATCH postdocs and PhD students in Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, and USA.

The postdoc’s duties will include research within soil microbial ecology as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.


We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious researcher who is interested in soil microbial ecology and keen on working with Annotation and assembly of DNA and cDNA sequences. Applicants with the following proficiencies will be regarded qualified and will be prioritized:

  • PhD ((required) in (micro)biology or environmental sciences
  • Knowledge in microbial ecology, bioinformatics and multivariate statistics
  • Strong skillsets in analysing large data sets of DNA and cDNA sequences
  • Fluency in English (oral and writing)
  • Proven track record of scientific publications.

The candidate is expected to have qualifications and interests in at least one of the following topics:

  • Soil microbial ecology
  • Annotation and assembly of DNA and cDNA sequences
  • Multivariate statistical analyses

The application must contain:

  • Motivated letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Complete List of publications
  • PhD and Master diploma or transcript in English
  • Separate reprints of 2 particularly relevant papers

Further information on the Department is linked at . Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Anders Priemé, e-mail: .

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

The deadline for applications is 20 December 2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at .

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