PhD scholarship in Fish Diseases – Bacteriophages Infecting Fish Pathogenic Flavobacterium Bacteria

DTU Veterinærinstituttet
mandag 08 maj 17

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A 3-year PhD position within the area bacterial fish diseases, more precisely the research project “Bacteriophage based technology to control Flavobacterium pathogens in aquaculture (FLAVOPHAGE)“, is available at the Division for Diagnostics and Scientific Advice at DTU Vet.

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD position is associated with the research project “Bacteriophage based technology to control Flavobacterium pathogens in aquaculture (FLAVOPHAGE)“. The objective of FLAVOPHAGE is to improve the sustainability of aquaculture in the Baltic Sea region by developing environmentally balanced strategies to control the important flavobacteria pathogens without harming the surrounding microbiota, thereby reducing the environmental impact of aquaculture due to antibiotics use, and increasing both the productivity and food safety. The project will deliver new tools to control and prevent infectious diseases in rainbow trout hatcheries and farms by targeting the key bacterial pathogens in these systems: Flavobacterium psychrophilum and Flavobacterium columnare.
The project is funded by EU/BONUS program and partners in the project are KU Marine Biological Laboratory, DTU Vet as well as project partners in Finland and Poland.
The project work done at DTU Vet is focusing on prophylactic as well as treatment measures of disease caused by Flavobacterium psychrophilum, thereby including laboratory work with bacteria and phages and experimental infection studies with rainbow trout, wherefore it will be an advantage if the candidate has experience with microbiology, bacteriophage biology as well as experimental animal studies, preferably fish. 

Candidates should have a master's degree in either veterinary medicine, biology, engineering or similar. Knowledge of fish diseases and bacteriophage biology will be an advantage.

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 of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Lone Madsen and Inger Dalsgaard.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Lone Madsen, tel.: +45 35886826 or Inger Dalsgaard, tel.: +45 35886878.

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Please submit your online application no later than 29 May 2017.

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. 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 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.

DTU National Veterinary Institute (DTU Vet) plays a central role in creating the future of veterinary and human health through excellence in research, education, collaboration and innovation, scientific advice to public authorities and diagnostic services. We conduct life science that links the veterinary field with disciplines such as biotechnology, medicine, pharmacy, biology, environment and chemistry. We support a multidisciplinary and systems-oriented approach in collaboration with other DTU departments, and with veterinary, and medical communities.
Our research covers the whole area from molecules over animals through populations and global disease spread.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 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.