Two PhD Scholarships in Intestinal Microbiology

DTU Food
Wednesday 13 Jun 18

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The National Food Institute (DTU Food) offers two PhD positions within the field of microbiology and ecology of the intestine.

You will be part of the Research group for Microbes, Health and Allergy at DTU Food. We offer an ambitious, dynamic and sociable research environment with lots of exiting challenges and opportunities. Both PhD. positions are affiliated to the CAMiT collaboration (Center for Advanced Microbiome Theraputics) recently funded by the Challenge Programme under the Novo Nordic Foundation. This project is a cross-disciplinary effort involving several top research environments in Denmark and abroad.

The overall aim of the CAMiT is to develop and test engineered gut bacteria and phages, which will offer superior medical benefits compared to traditional drugs and treatment strategies. The engineered microbes will be created by our close collaborators at DTU Biosustain, and the tasks of the two PhDs at DTU Food will mainly be related to testing of the engineered strains with respect to gene expression in situ in the gut, colonization properties, strategies for sensing of the host environment, as well as strategies for controlling the concentration and eventually the eradication of given bacterial strains in vivo. 

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Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Candidates are expected to have interest and knowledge within intestinal microbiology and ecology. You need to be ambitious, highly motivated, and capable of working independently, and to have good skills within written and spoken English.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience within animal models, sequence-based analysis of bacterial communities, LCMS and/or in situ visualization of gut bacteria.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates 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.

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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Tine Rask Licht, +45 35887186.
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Please submit your online application no later than 15 August 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

In the field “Please indicate which position(s) you would like to apply for” please indicate which project you are applying for (title from PhD projects list or individual research projects list above).

The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades needs to be included by Danish as well as foreign applicants (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here – in the right hand column)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Interviews will take place in early September, and expected start of the new PhD students is October 1st.

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

DTU Food (The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & human health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching.

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.