Section of Microbiology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in plasmid-host interactions commencing 1.1.2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.
This Ph.D. project will examine interactions between plasmids and other genetic elements within the genomes of host bacteria. The Ph.D. project will be based around the notion that the evolutionary success criteria of chromosomes and plasmids is not the same as suggested by theories on selfish genes and genomic conflict. The Ph.D. student will study how plasmids interact with the rest of the host genomes at the molecular level and if plasmids this way promote specific host behaviors to enhance their own evolutionary success. Here, a particular interest will be in CRISPR-Cas systems encoded by plasmids and those targeting plasmids. The main tasks of the Ph.D. scholar will be to do molecular engineering of both plasmids and chromosomes, construct bio-reporters, perform fluorescence-activated cell sorting and confocal laser scanning microscopy, genome sequencing, and transcriptomics.
The position is for 3 years and 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 national and international collaborators.
We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious researcher in molecular microbiology with hands-on experience with CRISPR-Cas-based genome engineering and flow cytometry. Applicants should have the following qualifications:
• M.Sc. degree in biotechnology, microbiology or a closely related field
• Hands on experience with genetic engineering using CRISPR-Cas systems.
• Documented experience with flow cytometry and fluorescence-based reporter systems.
• Experience with synthetic biology.
• In depth knowledge of plasmid- and CRISPR-Cas biology will be seen as an advantage.
• Knowledge or experience with genome sequencing and transcriptomics will be seen as an advantage.
• Fluency in English.
For further information, contact: Assistant Professor Jonas Stenløkke Madsen email@example.com.
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 325.625 (approx. €43,400) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 44,980). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
• Motivated letter of application,
• Curriculum Vitae
• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
• Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
• Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
The deadline for applications is 6 October 2019, 23:59 GMT +2.
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/.
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd.
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Deadline: 6 October 2019
Unit: Faculty of Science
Campus: Department of Biology
Read the job description and apply online
Post expires on Sunday October 6th, 2019