PhD fellow in Early life virome development [closing 01.11.20]

Страна: Дания;

Город: Copenhagen

Добавлена: 25.10.2020

Работодатель: Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen

Тип: PhD position;

Для кого: For researchers;

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Дедлайн подачи: 01.11.2020


Description of the scientific environment
The Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen, is recognized for excellence in food research, food science education, and industry collaboration. It covers all disciplines of food science from raw materials to processing and consumption, and is organized in four sections, one of which is the section for “Food Microbiology and Fermentation”, where the position is placed. Gut microbiome research is a strong focus area and during the last 5 years bacteriophage-bacteria-host interactions has become a particular research focus. Further information about the Department can be found at . 

Project description
Immune-mediated diseases such as asthma, allergy and eczema originate from a complex interplay between heritage and environmental factors in early life. In the COPSAC2010 mother-child cohort, it has been found that the bacterial compositions of both gut and airways in the first year of life areimportant determinants for later asthma and allergy development. The vast majority of human microbiome research has focused on the bacteria inhabiting our bodies. However, viruses are at least as abundant in the human organism and while only a fraction directly affect humans, most, socalled bacteriophages, kill bacteria. The aim of the PhD-project is to determine the full virome (all viruses) from vagina (mother) and gut and airways in the children before onset of disease to investigate how the earliest virome is shaped, how the virome affects the bacteria of the same biological compartment and whether the composition of the virome is associated with later disease development. The project will contain a strong wet-lab component, but the PhD-student is also expected to obtain strong bioinformatics skills during the project. The PhD-student will work closely together with a Post Doc, who will also be working on the project.

Principal supervisor is Professor (MSO) Dennis S. Nielsen, Department of Food Science. E-mail:, Direct Phone: +4551330362.

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in biology, food science, biotechnology or similar with good grades and English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. Experience with several of the research fields microbiology, molecular biology, gut microbiome research, multivariate data analysis and bioinformatics will be advantage.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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