PhD Student in Protein Science & Signaling Biology

DTU Bioengineering
Friday 11 Jan 19

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A 3-year PhD position is available in the section for Protein Science & Signaling Biology at the Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering).

The successful applicant will work within the newly established research group ‘Glycoengineering’ headed by Professor Steffen Goletz, Deputy Head of Department.

Our research group focuses on glycoengineering, microbiome-based anti-infectives and biopharmaceuticals, novel glycomic display systems and glycoimmunology. We elucidate complex immunological networks and the role of glycosylation in infectious diseases and tumor biology. The aim is to identify new drug targets, and to generate novel drug candidates and therapeutic strategies. 

Responsibilities and tasks 
The PhD student will work with a team of postdocs and PhD students and in close collaboration with national and international collaborators to establish a high density glyco-mimetic display and screening system for drug delivery.

The ideal candidate for this challenging project has skills in protein chemistry (expression and purification), phage display, chemical linkages and organic chemistry, microbiology. Moreover, the PhD student is expected to contribute to inter connective team tasks. 

Candidates should have a Master's degree in molecular biomedicine, biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, or a similar degree.

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.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Steffen Goletz.

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.

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 Professor Steffen Goletz at sgoletz

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Please submit your online application no later than 31 January 2019.

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 apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it. 

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

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) conducts research, educates future bio-engineers, provides scientific advice and innovate within the areas of microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedicine. The research at DTU Bioengineering is at the highest international level and focuses on the societal and scientific challenges within the field. Research is conducted within three main areas: Microbial ecology and physiology, Industrial biotechnology and cell factories, and Biomedicine and health. The department has extensive collaboration with national and international research units and industries. DTU Bioengineering has > 200 employees, of which >2/3 is scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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.