Postdoc in Electroactive Bacterial Communication

 A 2-year postdoc positionis available to study the microbial communication in electroactivemicrobiota, starting July 1st 2019 or shortly thereafter.The postdoc project will be supervised by Associate Professor YifengZhang and is part of GENECHAT project funded by the Carlsberg FoundationDistinguished Fellowship Programme. The successful candidate will join a young,highly innovative, collaborative, productive, responsible, international,gender-balanced, and multidisciplinary team, which is a part of the ResidualResource Engineering Section at DTU Environment.


GENECHAT will employ microbial electrochemistry,microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics, and biological modelling tools toexplore how electroactive bacteria communicate with neighboring microbes, whichis still a long-standing question in science.

 Responsibilities and tasks

The postdoc project aim to EXPLOREthe communication between exoelectrogens and neighboring microbes,UNVEIL the underlying mechanisms, and subsequently use the knowledge toMANIPULATE the microbiome on the electrode/minerals for more efficient electrontransfer and, finally, to VALIDATE the knowledge with specific microbialelectrochemical applications.

Beside laboratory work, you are expected to be ableto:

    Active dissemination of the obtained results, in high-impact scientific articles and through participation in international conferences, is an integral part of the job.Participation in teaching will also be an integrated part of the job. Participation in co-supervision of PhD students will be an integrated part of the job. Participation in writing project proposal.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.


The ideal candidate should have astrong background in laboratory methods including microbiology, molecularbiology, genetic engineering, and in computational methods includingbioinformatics and modelling.


Background in any of these subjects would be useful,but more important are enthusiasm for microbial evolution and ecology,self-motivation, and should thrive in a highly ambitious research group thataims to establish new research fields.


Good communication skills in both written and spokenEnglish are expected.

 We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globallyrecognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation andscientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an internationalenvironment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized bycollegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

 Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collectiveagreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Theallowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.


The period of employment is 2 years. There ispossibility to extend 2 years more if new grant is raised in connection to thisemployment.

 You can read more about career paths at DTU here. Further information

Further information may be obtained from AssociateProfessor Yifeng Zhang, tel.: +45 4525 1410, email:, or Head ofResidual Resource Engineering Section, Professor Thomas Fruergaard Astrup, tel:+45 4525 1558, email:


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Please submit your online application no laterthan 1 May 2019 (local time). 


To apply, please open the link “Applyonline”, fill in the online application form. The following must beattached in English:

    Application (cover letter)CVDiploma (MSc/PhD)List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after thedeadline will not be considered.


All interested candidates irrespective of age,gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged toapply.


DTU Environment is one of the largest universitydepartments specializing in environmental engineering in Europe. Research isconducted by an international staff consisting of 30 faculty members,approximately 20 post-doctoral fellows, 20 visiting foreign scientists and 55PhD students. The staffs are supported by a range of technicians who provideexpertise on state of the art instrumentation and experimental techniques. Theresearchers at DTU Environment are drawn from the best universities in morethan 15 different countries. DTU Environment obtains research funding from avariety of sources including the Commission of the European Union, nationalresearch councils, the Danish EPA, industry, utility companies, municipalities,research foundations and international organizations.


DTU is a technical university providinginternationally leading research, education, innovation and scientificadvice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovativesolutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are beingeducated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is anindependent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry,government and public agencies.

Deadline: 1 May 2019
Unit: DTU Environment
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Wednesday May 1st, 2019