PhD Scholarship in Microbial Communication at Technical University of Denmark

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position in molecular biology. The funds for this fellowship are available for 3 years. Applications should be sent before May 01, 2019.

Two 3-year PhD scholarships are available to study the microbial communication in electroactive microbiota, starting July 1st 2019 or shortly thereafter. The PhD projects will be supervised by Associate Professor Yifeng Zhang and is part of GENECHAT project funded by the Carlsberg Foundation Distinguished Fellowship Programme. The successful candidate will join a young, highly innovative, collaborative, productive, responsible, international, gender-balanced, and multidisciplinary team, which is a part of the Residual Resource Engineering Section at DTU Environment.

GENECHAT will employ microbial electrochemistry, microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics, and biological modelling tools to explore how electroactive bacteria communicate with neighboring microbes, which is still a long-standing question in science.

The PhD projects aim to EXPLORE the between exoelectrogens and neighboring microbes, UNVEIL the underlying mechanisms, and subsequently use the knowledge to MANIPULATE the microbiome on the electrode/minerals for more efficient electron transfer and, finally, to VALIDATE the knowledge with specific microbial electrochemical applications such as inorganic bioartificial photosynthesis.

Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree,in biological sciences, microbiology, biology, or any other relevant field. Theidealcandidateshouldhave a strong background inlaboratory methods including microbiology, molecular biology, genetic engineering, and in computational methods including bioinformatics and modelling.

Background in any of these subjects would be useful, but more important are enthusiasm for microbial evolution and ecology, self-motivation, and should thrive in a highly ambitious research group that aims to establish new research fields.

Students will also develop general research skills such as scientific writing, presentation, literature reviewing, and statistical analysis. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English are expected.

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the

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 academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

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

Further information may be obtained fromAssociate Professor Yifeng Zhang, tel.: +45 45251410, email:, or Head of Residual Resource Engineering Section, ProfessorThomas Fruergaard Astrup, tel:+454525 1558,

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Please submit your online application no later than1 May 2019 (local time).

To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill in the online application form.

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. DTU Environment is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental engineering in Europe. Research is conducted by an international staff consisting of 30 faculty members, approximately 20 post-doctoral fellows, 20 visiting foreign scientists and 55 Ph.D. students. The staff is supported by a range of technicians who provide expertise on state of the art instrumentation and experimental techniques. The researchers at DTU Environment are drawn from the best universities in more than 15 different countries. DTU Environment obtains research funding from a variety of sources including the Commission of the European Union, national research councils, the Danish EPA, industry, utility companies, municipalities, research foundations and international organizations.

Deadline: May 01, 2019
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