Phd Fellow In Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases (Lpmos) In Plant Pathogens University of Copenhagen Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management Denmark

Phd Fellow In Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases (Lpmos) In Plant Pathogens


Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) in plant pathogens, commencing 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
Description of the scientific environment 

The PhD project is an integral part of the HOPE project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. This is a collaboration between the Section for Molecular Plant Biology at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the Section for Forest, Nature and Biomass, at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. The project also includes the Department of Chemistry, UCPH, the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR), and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB). The successful applicant will thus join a vibrant international research environment. 
Project description 

The main objective of the project is to contribute to the understanding of the biological function of LPMOs expressed by plant pathogens. This will require development of both in vitro and in vivo assays and it will require handling of both plants and microorganisms. For this study, it will be possible to use a full microscopic toolbox in combination with mass spectroscopy and enzyme assays. The successful applicant will work closely together with a junior scientist who is deeply engaged in the research field. 
We are seeking a motivated and creative PhD student who displays enthusiasm and good interpersonal and communication skills. Candidates with documented knowledge on microbial plant pathogens and skills in analysis of plant physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, HPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS, and enzyme activity assays are preferred. Further, applicants with documented experience in completing a scientific manuscript will be prioritized 
Principal supervisor is Katja Salomon Johansen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, respectively. E-mail:  
Job description 

The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student are: 
  • to independently design and execute experiments and manage data analysis, 
  • to record experimental results in a professional manner, 
  • to attend and pass PhD courses, 
  • to draft and submit research articles, as the primary author, to peer-reviewed journals, 
  • to write and submit a high-quality PhD thesis, 
  • to teach BSc and MSc students in courses and supervise in research laboratories, 
  • to disseminate the research results at conferences and workshops, 
  • to stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad, 
  • to execute GLP and ensure safety, 
  • to contribute to the maintenance of shared instruments, 
  • to participate in departmental, section and research group activities. 

Formal requirements 

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology or plant biology, and should be fluent in both spoken and written English.  

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 309,109 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,699). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
Application Procedure 

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include  
  • Cover letter. Please state your motivation and describe how your background contributes to the project. Please also include full contact details (name, address, telephone and email address) of 1-3 professional references (maximum 1 page).  
  • CV (maximum 2 pages). 
  • Diploma and transcripts for both BSc and MSc degrees.  
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any).  
The university wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 
The deadline for applications is 1 May 2019. 23:59 GMT +2. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.
Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor Katja Salomon Johansen,   
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at  

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.



Application deadline: 01-05-2019
Employment start: 01-08-2019
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Geovidenskab og Naturforvaltning

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