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PhD position in Terrestrial Ecology:

The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, at the University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Terrestrial Ecology on moss-cyanobacteria associations commencing 01.10.2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Description of the scientific environment  
The successful applicant will be based at the Terrestrial Ecology Section (, thereby joining a lively research environment covering a wide range of topics such as plant ecophysiology, biogeochemistry, soil biology and ecosystem-atmosphere interactions. Our section is a diverse group comprising research and teaching staff members, laboratory technicians, PhD candidates and MSc and BSc students, focussing on many aspects of plant and microbial activity, nutrient cycling and global change. The group has state-of-the-art laboratory facilities ( and substantial experience in conducting laboratory and field-based experiments.  
Project description  
The PhD position is part of a 4-year research project financed by the Danish Fund for Independent Research, Sapere Aude Starting Grant lead by Assistant Professor Kathrin Rousk (  
The aim of the project is to identify the climatic (moisture and temperature) and molecular controls of moss-associated nitrogen fixation in samples collected from ecosystems with contrasting climates. The project will involve fieldwork campaigns in arctic tundra (Northern Sweden) and tropical cloud forests (South America) as well as laboratory approaches (e.g. nitrogen fixation assays, transcriptomics, stable isotope tracking). Most of the laboratory work will be performed at the Terrestrial Ecology Section, while research visits to other laboratories are envisioned.  
Principal supervisor is Assistant Professor Kathrin Rousk, Department of Biology,  
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  
• To attend PhD courses  
• To write scientific articles and your PhD thesis  
• To teach and disseminate your research  
• To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad  
• To work for the department  
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold a MSc degree in biology, ecology, molecular ecology, biogeochemistry or a closely related field. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious individual with good interpersonal and communication skills. Previous experience in collecting of and working with live plant material; stable isotope tracking; molecular biology techniques such as DNA extraction and DNA sequencing; cell biological techniques such as fluorescence microscopy will be considered a plus. Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement.  
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 317.459 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.852). 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 (1 page) describing your background, personal qualities, research interests and motivation for applying for this position  
• CV (max. 2 pages)  
• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)  
• Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)  
• A short abstract of the MSc thesis  
• Full contact details (name, address, telephone & email) of 2 professional referees  
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 20.06.2018  23:59 GMT+2.
Procedures and shortlisting  
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 Kathrin Rousk, Department of Biology,  
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

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Application deadline: 20-06-2018
Employment start: 01-10-2018
Department/Location: Biologisk Institut

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