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PhD Fellowship in Ecology of Listeria Monocytogenes, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Publish Date: Jun 01, 2015

Deadline: Jun 15, 2015

Department of Veterinary Disease Biology (IVS), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND) at the University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship commencing 1st September 2015 or soon thereafter. The application deadline is 15 June 2015.

Project description
The project is a 3-year Marie Curie PhD project concerning the regulation of virulence by carbohydrates in the human, pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. For this bacterium carbohydrates play a central role in the transition from the external environment to the human host.The project will address the mechanism behind this adaptation and the impact it has on the bacterium as a foodborne pathogen. The project is part of the Horizon 2020 funded European training network List-MAPS (Training and research in Listeria monocytogenes adaptation through proteomic and transcriptome deep sequencing analysis) and will thus be cooperating with national and international partners within the area of understanding the ecology of L. monocytogenes to decipher the transcriptional regulatory circuitry that drives adaptation and virulence of L. monocytogenes from farm to fork. You can read more about the 11 PhD student positions in the List-MAPS project here:

The Marie Curie PhD scholarship provides a three-year generous stipend including mobility allowance, training and stay at the different partners as well as a tuition fee.

Principal supervisor
Associate professor Marianne H. Larsen
Direct Phone: (+45) 35336396
Section for food safety and zoonosis, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology

Professor Hanne Ingmer
Section for food safety and zoonosis, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology.

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at SUND are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in international congresses
  • Stay at a research institution abroad for a few months
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • Train in the transferable skills required for competitive research to secure funding, optimise management of working teams and exploit research results

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • A master’s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Scientific skills and competences relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Labwork experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Other experiences

Formal requirements
The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master’s degree.

The successful candidate for the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment at our Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences before the Faculty can finish the letter of employment. The Graduate School strives to give our students the best international career prospects within our main research areas.

NOTE: According to the rules of the Marie Curie programme the applicant must be nationals of a state other than that of the host organisation. At the start of their fellowship/activity, researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference deadline for eligibility. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Terms of employment
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations. The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities (2007).

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programmes at SUND is available at

Foreign applicants may find the following links useful: (International Staff Mobility) and

Application Procedure

Applications - in English - must include all the following:

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background
  • CV including list of publications (if any)
  • Diploma and transcripts of records
  • Personal Recommendations
  • A maximum of 3 relevant scientific works which the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment

The application will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

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

Please submit the application with the required attachments by clicking on "Apply online". Only online applications will be accepted. The application must be received no later than 15 June 2015. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 5,000 students, 1,000 PhD students and 1,800 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community.

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