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Postdoctoral Fellow in Phage-host Interactions

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences  
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences  
University of Copenhagen  
At Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (IVH), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen a position as Post doc in Phage-host Interactions is available from 1 March 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Information about the Department can be found at http://ikvh.ku.dk/english/.
Antibiotic resistant bacteria are one of modern society’s major challenges and alternative solutions are urgently needed. Bacteriophages are bacteria-killing microorganisms that occur naturally in all environments, only targeting specific bacteria ensuring that the normal microflora is preserved. The concept of using bacteriophages to control bacteria in food and primary production in biocontrol strategies is currently advancing worldwide providing such alternative solutions.
Project description
The project includes identifying and characterising bacteriophages infecting E. coli at the genetic and phenotypic level, investigating the specificity of phage killing of E. coli as well as determining the mechanisms of host recognition and resistance development. The project will also, include collaboration with industry as well as experts in technology development and primary production. The results will be used in a new biocontrol strategy against E. coli in primary production and will lead to discovery of novel biological mechanisms within phage diversity and phage-bacteria interactions expected to lead to publications in high-ranking international journals.
Information about the research group in Phage biology and biocontrol can be found at http://ivh.ku.dk/english/research/food_safety_and_zoonoses/phages/  
Selection criteria
Essential criteria
  • PhD in microbiology or biotechnology or another related field  
  • Expertise in bacteriophage biology  
  • Documented experience within experimental molecular microbiology  
  • Highly motivated and well-performing scientist  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills  
  • Demonstrated capacity for effective team work 
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience in bioinformatics and genetic analysis of microorganisms
  • Experience working with industrial partners and/or in multi-disciplinary teams
  • The post holder will report to Professor Lone Brøndsted
  • The post holder is expected to interact with staff at all levels, both internally and externally, regarding relevant research topics 
We offer
  • A highly important research topic, aiming to understand phage-bacteria interactions and developing novel biocontrol measures to prevent spreading of antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • A scientific environment with highly dedicated colleagues from wide academic backgrounds
  • An international work atmosphere with a large proportion of non-Danish co-workers
  • A research environment that strives to make a scientific difference by investigating and understanding the biology and applications of bacteriophages to target pathogenic bacteria
Employment conditions
Salary and other terms and conditions of appointment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant professional organisations. The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.  
The gross basic salary range for Postdoctoral Fellows is DKK 32,745 to DKK 34,476 per month (level 6 to 8). To the basic salary, a supplement could be negotiated, dependent on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % monthly contribution to pension.
The position is time limited to a 4-year period.
For further information about the position, please contact Professor Lone Brøndsted, email lobr@sund.ku.dk. For any administrative queries, please contact HR Officer Marie-Louise Rosenlund, email mlr@sund.ku.dk.
Apply by clicking "Apply online" below. Please note that only online applications will be accepted.  
Applications - in English - must include:  
  • A letter of motivation (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Copy of diplomas/degree certificates (MSc, PhD) 
The deadline for applications is 10 January 2018. Any applications received after this time or incomplete will not be considered.
Receipts of the applications will be acknowledged, and the applicant will be kept continuously informed of the progress of the application.
The further process
Shortlist: After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorised recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether an expert assessment committee has passed their application for assessment. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk  
Assessment: The selected applications will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities and the University of Copenhagen’s guidelines 2013. The Assessment Committee makes a non-prioritised assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.
Please note that the applicant will be contacted if the assessment committee requires further documentation.
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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Lone Brøndsted
E-mail: lobr@sund.ku.dk


Application deadline: 10-01-2018
Employment start: 01-03-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Veterinær- og Husdyrvidenskab

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