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Two 3-year PhD Scholarships in Molecular Microbiology

Two 3-year PhD scholarships building on a 5-year Master degree funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation via a Laureate Research Grant to Kenn Gerdes is available in the Section for Functional Genomics of the Department of Biology. The starting date of the scholarship is April 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Area of research
The projects aim to characterize factors that are contributing to the survival (persistence) of bacteria in the stationary phase using Escherichia coli as the model organism. The PhD candidates will gain experience in working with bacterial genetics, biochemistry and physiology, using cutting edge techniques in molecular biology and microbiology.

The preferred candidates will have a Master degree in molecular microbiology or related field. We expect the candidates to have a background with focus on molecular biology, and work with recombinant DNA and/or proteins. Experience with bacterial gene expression is seen as an advantage. It is also an advantage but not a requirement that the applicants has passed the Bachelor/Master course “Molecular Microbiology” as announced here:

Further requirements are fluency in written and spoken English. If you finish your Master degree between the deadline for applications and April 1, 2017, you should confirm this by attaching a written statement from by your supervisor.

Applicants are requested to submit their application electronically below including:

  • A cover letter describing personal qualities, research interests and motivation for the position
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact details of two references

Shortlisting procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for application, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the interview committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. 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 himself/herself.

The final selection of successful candidates will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee. Successful candidates will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. For more information see:

Terms of salary and employment
Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations (AC). The starting salary for candidates with an MSc degree will be a minimum of DKK 309.109 annually (April 2016 level) plus pension contribution with the possibility of salary negotiation.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is February 8, 2017.

Applications received after the deadline, or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements, may not be considered. It is expected that the successful candidates will be enrolled at the PhD School of the Faculty of SCIENCE starting April 1, 2017 or shortly thereafter.

Contact person
For further information on the project or the position, please contact Professor Kenn Gerdes at


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