PhD Fellowship Position in University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Designation/Position- PhD fellowship

University of Copenhagen, Denmark.  invites application for PhD fellowship from candidates having M.Sc. degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biomedicine or Biophysics with very good results.

About- The Biomolecular regulation group is led by Associate Professors Sine Lo Svenningsen and Michael Sørensen. The group addresses fundamental regulatory and mechanistic aspects of bacterial gene expression and growth regulation. A common interest among the group members is the role of RNA molecules as regulators and mediators of protein synthesis. We are part of the BASP Centre of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation, a cross-disciplinary research centre focused on understanding bacterial stress responses and persistence. University of Copenhagen

 Organisationally, the group belongs to the Section for Biomolecular Sciences at the Department of Biology. The Department is among the largest departments at the University of Copenhagen. It employs 475 academic and technical staff and hosts research programs and teaching curricula that cover all major biological sub-disciplines. University rankings typically place the field of biology/biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen first in Denmark and among the top 30 universities internationally.  

In addition to the PhD-programme, three BSc study programmes (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine) and four MSc study programmes (biology, biochemistry, molecular biomedicine, bioinformatics) at the Department engage close to 2000 students. The successful candidate will join a lively group of 150 PhD students at the Department and will be enrolled at the PhD School of Science.  

Location- Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Research/Job Area- Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biomedicine or Biophysics

Eligibility/Qualification- Research group is looking for a candidate with the following professional and personal qualifications:  

  • A background focused on the molecular biology of bacteria.  
  • A strong interest in the research questions addressed by the group.     
  • Documented laboratory experience within molecular microbiology, especially RNA biology/biochemistry. 
  • Well-developed collaborative skills.  
  • Strong motivation to contribute to a working environment that is both productive and pleasant for all members of the group. 

Formal requirements   

  • Applicants should hold an M.Sc. degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biomedicine or Biophysics with very good results, and should have good English skills. In the assessment of qualifications we will emphasize the perceived research potential of the applicant and the relevance of previous research experience.  

Job/Position Description- During growth in many cell types, translation is the most energy consuming process, exceeding 50% of the total cellular energy budget. In our model organism, Escherichia coli, we have observed that a substantial fraction of the RNA components of the translation machinery are degraded during periods of nutrient limitation and other types of stress. The PhD project aims to determine how RNA degradation impacts E. coli’s adaptation to various growth situations, such as alternating periods of nutrient limitation and nutrient abundance. The project will mainly involve methods from bacterial growth physiology, genetics, and RNA biology/biochemistry. The PhD position is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.  

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. 

How to Apply- The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.   

The application must include the following documents:  

  • Cover Letter, stating your motivation and background for applying for this specific PhD project.  
  • CV  
  • Diplomas and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc degrees)  
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications  
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 2 professional referees  

For Contact- Sine Lo Svenningsen, email [email protected], phone (+45) 35 32 20 33  

Last Date for Apply28 August 2018

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