Section of Microbiology at Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Horizontal transmission of antimicrobial resistance commencing October 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
This PhD project will be associated with “DARWIN”, a pan-European examination of the fate of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) organisms and genetic determinants in urban water systems (UWSs) with run-up from hospital and household wastes and a DFF Project on transfer of antibiotic resistance to human gut bacteria in vivo. Here AMR transmission in different stages from the gut through the sewer catchments to the receiving waters will be investigated.
The main tasks for the PhD scholar will be to engineer fluorescent-based bio-reporters constructed from wild-type plasmids, to examine the transfer rate and host range of conjugative plasmids among bacteria in the different environments. In addition, the PhD student will quantify the abundance and diversity of clinically relevant AMR genes in key intersecting ecosystems within the UWSs to investigate the influence of contrasting patterns of AMR, antimicrobial use, and sewage treatment.
The position is for 3 years and is partly funded within the framework of the JPI-EC-AMR programme and partly by DFF. The project will be carried out at Section of Microbiology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen where you will engage in teamwork within the group and with our national and international collaborators.
We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious researcher in Molecular Microbial Ecology with experience in cell sorting using flow cytometry. Applicants should have the following qualifications:
●MSc. in Microbiology (or equivalent).
●Hands on experience with genetic engineering of wild-type plasmids and construction of bio-reporters.
●Documented experience with flow cytometry and cell sorting.
●Experience with analyses of large metagenomic data sets (i.e. 16S rRNA gene analyses).
●Experience working with molecular DNA approached such as plasmid isolation, community DNA extraction.
●Previous research on horizontal gene transfer will be seen as an advantage.
●Fluency in English.
For further information, contact: Professor Søren J. Sørensen firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application must contain:
●Motivated letter of application
●List of publications
●Transcript of university examinations (in English)
●Contact details of 2 persons for references.
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 candidate 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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
Salary and 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 up to DKK 52.174,84). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. The deadline for applications is 27th of July, 2018 at 23:59 GMT+2.
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Deadline: 27 July 2018
Unit: Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: Biologisk Institut
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Post expires on Friday July 27th, 2018