PhD Fellow in Plant Developmental Biology
University of Copenhagen Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

PhD Fellow in Plant Developmental Biology

Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering one PhD scholarship in plant developmental biology commencing 01.04.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The laboratory of Stephan Wenkel at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PLEN), University of Copenhagen, Denmark investigates the function of microProteins in model and crop plants ( and is located at the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre ( PLEN and CPSC constitute a stimulating and international research environment with state-of-the-art facilities.

Project description

We are recruiting one PhD student to work on a three-year project aimed at identifying novel microProteins that regulate shade avoidance responses in plants. MicroProteins are small single-domain proteins that have been shown to control diverse biological pathways. In the project we will employ a combination of transcriptome-sequencing, genome-engineering and protein biochemistry approaches in Arabidopsis and tomato plants to unravel the function of new microProteins.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with an MSc in biology or related discipline. The ideal applicant has experience in working with plants and thrives in an international working environment. Knowledge in genome-engineering and/or protein biochemistry is a plus.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Stephan Wenkel, Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences,

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 out your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in teaching
  • 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 or Biotechnology with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

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.

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, stating your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project (max. 1 page).
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • 1-3 reference letters (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 31.01.2021, 23:59 GMT +1.

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 Associate Professor Stephan Wenkel, Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences,

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.


Stephan Wenkel


Application deadline: 31-01-2021
Employment start: 01-04-2021
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Plante- og Miljøvidenskab
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