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PhD scholarship in Marine Microbial Biotechnology - DTU Bioengineering, Denmark


Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine covers microbial ecology and physiology, industrial biotechnology and biomedicine and health. The department consists of approx. 20 faculty and more than 80 PhD students and postdocs. The PhD project will be part of the Bacterial Ecology and Biotechnology Research group headed by professor Lone Gram. The group works on control of pathogenic bacteria (human and fish pathogens) by classical means (antibiotics) but also by using novel compounds either produced chemically (peptoids) or bioprospected from marine bacteria. Marine fish probiotic bacteria and novel bioactive compounds from marine bacteria are focus areas of the group.

Responsibilities and tasks 

The effect of culture conditions on the bioactive potential of marine bacteria.

We are seeking a candidate to study how natural substrates and other culture conditions affect the production of bioactive compounds in marine bacteria. We have previously demonstrated that chitin influences the production of both enzymes and secondary metabolites in a few strains and the purpose of the PhD project is to determine of this is true on a grander scale. The project will work with both enzymes (chitinases) and antimicrobial secondary metabolites.   

We are looking for a candidate with a solid and broad background in bacteriology with experience in classical techniques (growth) as well as modern sequence based techniques. Candidates should preferably have experience with marine bacteria, chitin-based systems and cloning and expression in heterologous hosts.

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. 

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the 
DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by 15th August 2016.  

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world. 

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The major work place is DTU campus in Lyngby. The PhD student will be expected to spend time abroad when a suitable host laboratory has been identified

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Professor Lone Gram, or +45 2368 8295.

You can read more about DTU Bioengineering at   

Please submit your online application no later than 30 July 2016. Applications must be submitted as one pdf filecontaining all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English)
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

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

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

Further Information

Application Deadline : 30 July 2016

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