PhD Fellowship in Molecular Geobiology at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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PhD fellowship in Molecular Geobiology at GLOBE Institute

We are offering a PhD fellowship in Molecular GeoBiology commencing 1 June 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Our group and research
The group is an interdisciplinary mix of skills and background. The combined focus of our work is mineral surfaces and interactions with organic matrices in particular DNA, proteins and microbes. We apply nanoscale techniques (atomic force microscopy and infra-red spectroscopy) combined with bulk level approaches to quantify dynamics of interactions and to understand the determining parameters driving the them. Beside the PI, the group consist of 3 Post docs (1 mineralogist, 1 archaeologist, 1 biogeochemist), 1 PhD students (1 Computational modelling), and 2 master students (1 chemist and 1 biochemist). Current ongoing microbial projects include biofilm formation on mineral surfaces and horizontal gene transfer experiments.  For more info on the group and our research:


Project description

The aim of this project is to investigate if minerals can serve as unrecognized hotspots for the observed and alarming distribution of antibiotic resistance genes. You will have a central role in the project and be expected to carry out experiments to investigate biofilm formation on a range of mineral surfaces and conduct horizontal gene transfer experiments. Additionally, you will be involved in extracting and culturing natural microbes from sediments. Fluorescent staining will be a part of our methods for quantifications. For the uptake rate experiments we plan to use natural competent soil bacteria, but experience with gene modifications can be beneficial. It will be expected that you can work independently with microbiology. Initial training and secondment is likely to be at the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø. 


Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Karina Krarup Sand, GLOBE Institute, Direct Phone: +45 35 32 41 11

Start: 1 June 2020

Duration:  3 years as a PhD Fellow


Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teach and disseminate your knowledge
  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project


Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project e.g. Bio(geo)chemistry, (geo)microbiology, molecular biology

Other important criteria are:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in(geo)microbiology, biofilm, horizontal gene transfer
  • Language skills


Place of employment

The place of employment is at GLOBE Institute, Section for GeoGenetics, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. The Sections research facilities include modern laboratories for gene extractions, sequencing and general wet chemistry. The group host a state-of-the-art atomic force microscope and access to fluorescent microscopes and microbiologic labs.


Terms of employment
The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.

It is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins at 27.363 DKK /approx. 3.663 EUR (October 2020-level) plus pension.


For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:


Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)

2. CV incl. education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position

3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do

4. Publication list (if possible)


Application deadline:  22 March 2020, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.


The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.

The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.

Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Karina Krarup Sand



Application deadline: 22-03-2020

Employment start: 01-06-2020

Working hours: Full time

Department/Location: Globe Institute


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