Postdoctoral Fellow on Filter-feeding Behaviour in Sponges

The Department of Biology in cooperation with the Danish Molecular Imaging Center (DaMBIC), University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to improve our knowledge on filter-feeding behaviour in sponges. The open half-time position is part of a new two year project that aims at providing basic understanding of the mechanisms underlying the evolutionary and ecological success of sponges.

The successful candidate will explore the importance of contraction-expansion behaviour for ensuring maintenance of the sponge filter-pump in laboratory and field experiments. This work involves an identification of the functional pathways and morphological traits of contractile behaviour by the use and development of bioimaging techniques including light, epifluorescence and electron microscopy.

The applicants must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in marine biology/ecology, preferentially with focus on invertebrates. Practical experience in experimental biological studies is required. Particular merits are considered research experience in ecophysiology and application of bioimaging techniques. We foresee dedicated and active involvement in the production of internationally peer-reviewed publications.

For further information please contact Professor Hans Ulrik Riisgård ( or Associate Professor Jonathan Brewer (

This half-time postdoc position is for two years with starting date as soon as possible. Application deadline: 30 August 2018.

Application, salary etc.
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

The application must include the following:
• A curriculum vitae including information on previous employment.
• A full list of publications stating the scientific publications on which the applicant wishes to rely.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

To qualify you must have passed a PhD or equivalent. Applications will be assessed by an expert assessor/committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

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

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.

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Deadline: 30 August 2018
Unit: The Faculy of Science
Campus: Odense
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Post expires on Thursday August 30th, 2018