PhD scholarship in Sociomicrobiology

DTU Bioengineering
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We offer a PhD fellowship at Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) at the Technical University of Denmark. The PhD project will be executed at the Bacterial Interactions and Evolution group in the Section for Microbial and Chemical Ecology. We study microbial interactions using molecular microbiology and microscopy techniques combined with laboratory evolution. Our aim is to understand how the ecology of Bacilli is affected by interactions and adaptation, how Bacilli colonize the rhizosphere and compete with other microorganisms and how we can harvest this knowledge for biocontrol and production purposes.

We are seeking a candidate to study the population biology of bacterial biofilms using high throughput techniques in the research field of microbial ecology and evolution. You will be involved in a fun PhD project on microbial sociomicrobiology and evolution, with strong international connections, productive scientific environment, and work-life balance.

Responsibilities and tasks
Your PhD project will contribute to our understanding of the social interactions and evolution in bacterial biofilms. You will concentrate on biofilms of Bacillus subtilis, but will also scrutinize the impact of microbial interactions and the colonization of the plant root. You will explore high throughput screening and sequencing techniques to apprehend the complexity of regulatory pathways, quorum sensing and their impact on the assembly of biofilms.

Your experience within the following areas of microbiology will be an advantage

  • molecular bacteriology
  • microbial ecology and evolution, population biology
  • classical microbiology techniques and cloning
  • fluorescence microscopy
  • bacterial-plant interaction
  • high throughput techniques (robotics, high content screening system)
Qualifications
Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by 15 May 2018 by Professor Ákos T. Kovacs.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

Expected starting date: August 2018.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Ákos T. Kovács, tel.: +45 4525 2527, atkovacs@dtu.dk.

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address; follow the electronic application and submission procedure as explained below.

Please provide contact details for two referees in your motivation letter.

You can read more about DTU Bioengineering on http://www.bioengineering.dtu.dk

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 25 March 2018 (Local time). Apply online at www.career.dtu.dk.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) conducts research, educates future bio-engineers, provides scientific advice and innovate within the areas of microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedicine. The research at DTU Bioengineering is at the highest international level and focuses on the societal and scientific challenges within the field. Research is conducted within three main areas: Microbial ecology and physiology, Industrial biotechnology and cell factories, and Biomedicine and health. The department has extensive collaboration with national and international research units and industries. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 160 employees, of which 2/3 is scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.