PhD Fellowships at the DynaMo Center of Excellence 2018, Denmark

University of Copenhagen


August 29, 2018


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Two PhD fellowships available at the DynaMo Center of Excellence

Two PhD fellowships are available at DynaMo Center, a Center of Excellence within plant biology funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The Center is located at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.  
The positions commence 1 October 2018 or at a later date decided upon mutual agreement.  
In DynaMo, we take a pathway-centric approach to understand molecular processes – synthesis/turnover, transport, regulatory network, metabolite sensing, pathway engineering –  across cellular, tissue and organismal levels. We apply multidisciplinary approaches in well-connected projects within our model system. This creates a vibrant research environment with excellent opportunities for the young scientists to advance their competences in multiple directions. 
We are currently looking for  two PhD scholars within the following topics: 
1. Glucosinolate transporter complement. The project includes identification, biochemical characterization and in planta validation of transporters of the glucosinolate defense compounds. (Principal investigator: Professor Barbara Ann Halkier)    
2. Glucosinolates in synthetic biology. This project aims at producing health-promoting glucosinolates in various heterologous host organisms by pathway and transport engineering. (Principal investigator: Professor Barbara Ann Halkier) 
Job description 
Your key tasks as a PhD student at DynaMo Center are to: 
  • Manage and carry out your research project 
  • Take relevant PhD courses (30 ECTS) 
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 
  • Participate in conferences 
  • Stay at an international research institution for a prolonged period of time 
  • Teach and disseminate your research 
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates 
Special attention will be given to applicants with the following professional and personal qualifications: 
  • Documented laboratory work within plant molecular biology and/or protein biochemistry 
  • A strong motivation for one of the two research topics listed above  
  • Well-developed collaborative skills 

Enthusiastic and talented candidates wishing to be trained in holistic thinking and forefront technologies in a creative and dynamic research environment are cordially invited to apply. 

Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Biotechnology, Biochemistry or Biology with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. 
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.  
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 321,054 including annual supplement (+ pension of DKK 54,900 per year). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
Place of work 
The main place of work will be at the DynaMo Center, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen at Frederiksberg Campus, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark. International travel in relation to conferences, meetings and experiments will be part of the position. 
Application Procedure 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
The application must include the following documents: 
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project 
  • CV 
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications 
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 2 professional referees 
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, if non-EU and non-native English speaker 
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 
The deadline for applications is 29 August 2018, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidates will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at 
For specific information about the PhD fellowships, please contact the principal supervisor Professsor Barbara Ann Halkier, email, phone (+45) 35 33 33 42 
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August 06, 2018
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