Environmental Microbiology

Friday, December 6, 2013
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
PhD Fellow & Marie Curie Fellow
Job Institution: 
DTU - Technical University of Denmark
Job Description: 

The Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as PhD fellow on the topic: Pathogen invasion in environmental biofilms: role of architecture and community composition”.

The fellowship is funded as part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) MERMAID – Microbial Resource Management for Closing the Urban Water Cycle, which is funded by EU-FP7 People. The project considers microbial communities present in the urban water cycle as valuable resources that can be steered and exploited to produce, maintain, and deliver high quality water in an energy efficient way. The candidate will join a group of PhD fellows with the opportunity to cooperate across countries and sectors, attend especially tailored courses.

Research project

Using molecular ecological and microscopic tools, targeted experimental platforms, and supported by ecological theories, the successful candidate will assess to what extent invasion of environmental biofilm by exogenous organisms, such as pathogens, is governed by biofilm architecture or biofilm community composition. We expect that findings from this research will provide important scientific (What governs invasion of microbial systems?) and practical (e.g., How to protect drinking water safety?) contributions.

Qualification requirements

Candidates must be eligible according to the ITN recruitment guidelines for Early Stage Researchers, i.e. they must have maximum 4 years research experience, measured from the time they completed their, and cannot have resided or carried out their main activity in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.

The candidate will have a high motivation for research, evidence of solid written and oral communication skills, enjoy working in an international and cross-disciplinary team, and have significant exposure to one or more of the following areas: environmental microbiology, microscopic or molecular techniques for microbial investigations, molecular biology, image analysis, or bioinformatics.

We offer

We offer an exciting and challenging job in an international environment with a good team spirit and attention to professional and personal growth. The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students in combination with the salary rules for Marie Curie (ITN) early stage researchers. The period of employment is 3 years. The start date is February 1, 2014 or soon thereafter.

Further information & application

Further information may be obtained from Professors BF Smets & HJ Albrechtsen.

To apply, please  go to http://www.dtu.dk/Job.

Deadline for submission of the online applications is Jan 15 2014.

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