PhD scholarship in Antibody Discovery

One 3-year PhD scholarship in antibody discovery is available starting March 1st 2019 or shortly thereafter. The project will be supervised by Associate Professor Andreas H. Laustsen. The successful candidate will join a young and ambitious, international research team, which is a part of the Protein Science & Biotherapeutics section at DTU Bioengineering.

Research in the Tropical Pharmacology Lab is focused on the use of phage display technology for antibodythe discovery of antibodies with special binding properties against snake toxins. For more information, please contact Andreas H. Laustsen.

The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree within biotechnology and must have at least 12 months of practical lab experience specifically within discovery of human therapeutic antibodies using phage display technology. The candidate must have a clear understanding of snake venom toxinology with both practical research experience in this field, as well as a proven track record for publishing scientific articles in leading toxinology journals.

Candidates that do not fulfill these strict requirements are not eligible and will thus not be selected.

Preferably, the candidate has performed phage display experiments in laboratories in different countries and has experience working with multiple antibody formats, including scFvs, VHHs, Fabs, and IgGs. The successful candidate should thrive in a highly ambitious research group that aims to establish new research fields. The successful candidate should be highly motivated, eager to seek and share knowledge, able to work independently in a dynamic group environment, and should be confident in planning and carrying out complicated tasks. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English are expected.

The ideal candidate must have a strong background in antibody technology, including:

  • Experience with phage display panning techniques.
  • Experience with preparation of antigens for phage display selection (RP-HPLC, biotinylation, MALDI-TOF)
  • Experience with analysis of antibodies (sequencing, SPR, ELISA, electrophoresis)
  • Experience with handling of biological reagents, including venom proteins.’Experience with molecular cloning techniques in E. coli.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

The Tropical Pharmacology Lab offers a demanding, exciting, and dynamic work environment.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Andreas H. Laustsen ( 

Please submit your online application no later than 25 January 2019 (local time). 

To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may not apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies. 

Deadline: 25 January 2019
Unit: DTU Bioengineering
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Friday January 25th, 2019