PhD Student in Protein Structure, Function and Proteomics

DTU Bioengineering
Monday 11 Mar 19

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 A PhD fellowship is available in the project “Molecular Insight of Alginate Degradation by Human Gut Microbiota and Host Interplay”. The research is carried out at DTU Bioengineering in collaboration with DTU Food, DTU Biosustain, Architecture et Fonction des Macromolécules Biologiques (AFMB), Marseille, Division of integrated Life Science, Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University and Department of Biotechnology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim


The research focuses on understanding degradation and utilization of alginate by gut microbiota and the specific impact on the host.


Responsibilities and tasks

The primary tasks of this project will be to identify gut bacteria degrading defined alginates by functional screening of microbiota. Furthermore you will have the following responsibilities

  • Genome analysis of relevant bacteria for alginate specific polysaccharide utilization loci and other important genes.
  • Proteomic analysis of impact of alginate on gut bacterial cross-feeding
  • Proteomics analysis of influence of bacterial alginate utilisation on host cells using a two-chamber anaerobic ! aerobic system
  • Production of recombinant alginate utilizing enzymes and proteins and characterization of their structural and biochemical properties

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's 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 Prof. Birte Svensson and Prof. Ulrich auf dem Keller with relevant project partners.

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 Birte Svensson, tel.: +45 4525 2740 or Ulrich auf dem Keller +45 2112 6145.


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Please submit your online application no later than 25 March 2019 (local time)


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)
  • Up to three letters of recommendation (optional)

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


Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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


Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) is an international leader in biotechnology and biomedicine. Our engineering approach to all aspects of biotechnology and biomedicine positions us as a valuable player with unique competences in a growing bio-based economy and with health systems transforming towards personalized medicine. We have a clear focus on the needs in the life science industry and point towards innovation, new businesses and scientific services for the benefit of society. The department has extensive collaborations with national and international research units and industry. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 210 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.