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PhD Position on the Microbial Ecophysiology of Ammonia-oxidizing Archaea

Nordcee at the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, is looking for a highly motivated and curiosity-driven PhD student with interest in the ecophysiology and microbial ecology of microbial key players in global element cycling.

The successful candidate will study the ecophysiology of ammonia-oxidizing archaea under oxygen limitation. Ammonia-oxidizing archaea are key players in the nitrogen cycle of the world’s oceans. They are frequently found in oxygen-depleted environments like marine oxygen-minimum zones or sediments though they are thought to have a strictly aerobic physiology.

This PhD project’s aim is to investigate the role of ammonia-oxidizing archaea in such habitats combining microbial physiology experiments using eg. stable isotopes and microsensors with comparative genomics, proteomics and gene expression analyses.

Required qualifications: Applicants should hold an MSc degree in (environmental) microbiology, microbial ecology, biology, environmental sciences or related fields. They should have working experience in the cultivation of environmental microbes and molecular techniques. Experience in (meta)genome and/or transcriptome analyses is of advantage. Proficiency in spoken and written English is mandatory.

The envisioned starting date is approx. September 2019. Application deadline: 26 June 2019.

For further information please contact Beate Kraft, e-mail:

Application, salary etc.
Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement of 10 November 2015 on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

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

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
• A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box "Application form")
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
• At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

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Deadline 2019-June-26

You can apply for the job at Faculty of Science by completing the application form


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