Postdoc in Bacteriophage biology and applicationat Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 2-years post doc position in Bacteriophage biology and application starting on January 1st 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter.

The post doc will have a major role in testing the safety and efficacy of bacteriophages targeting porcine enterotoxigenic E.coli as a part of the AVANT project funded by the European Commission. 

Information on the department can be found at:  

Our group and research
Our research group PHAGEBio studies the biology and applications of bacteriophages that have a natural ability to kill bacteria. The aim of our research is to elucidate novel mechanisms of phage-host interaction as well as exploiting phages and their enzymes to control pathogenic bacteria. We offer the opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art, highly innovative and scientifically stimulating environment. We value team work and consists of a group of ambitious researchers from all over the world and have a large network within the field of bacteriophages. We offer excellent training opportunities, both personally and professionally and the opportunity to contribute with new knowledge to an exciting and fast-moving scientific field.

For more information see here: 

Your job
The use of antimicrobials in livestock has been associated with the development and spread of multidrugresistant resistant bacteria in humans. WHO and EU have called for the development of alternatives to treat infectious diseases in food-producing animals, such as porcine diarrhoea caused by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC). The aim of this project is to collect pre-clinical data by testing the safety and efficacy of a phage-based product targeting porcine ETEC.

As a post doc, your main task will be to: 

• test the potency and spectrum of activity of the phage-based product against ETEC in vitro 

• develop a real-time PCR based protocol to quantify phage concentrations in the piglet gut 

• collaborate with other groups from other Departments at University of Copenhagen in the preparation (bacteria and phage-based product) and data collection during the clinical efficacy trail in piglets

Finally, we expect you to actively attend meetings and contribute to other projects running in the PHAGEBio research group.    

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

• You have a PhD in molecular microbiology, biotechnology, veterinary medicine or similar

• You are highly experienced in molecular and applied microbiology and protocol optimization

• You have an active interest in bacteriophage biology

• Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams

• Excellent English skills written and spoken

• You are experienced in working independently and to coordinate with other teams

Desirable experience and skills:

• Experience or knowledge about propagation, DNA extraction and sequencing of bacteriophages

• Experience with testing antimicrobial activity of compounds

• Experience with real-time, fingerprint protocols and metagenomic

• Experience with supervision of students 

Place of employment
The place of employment is at Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and state of the art equipment.  

Terms of employment 
The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is January 1st 2020 or as soon as possible hereafter. 

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 33,600 DKK/ approx. 4,480 Euro (April 2018-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund. 

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years. 

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013. 

For further information please contact: Michela Gambino or Professor Lone Brøndsted;;  Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).  

Application procedure
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications. 

Application deadline: Wednesday 23 October  2019, 23.59pm CET  

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements. 

The further process 
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed 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  

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.  

Interviews are expected to be held in week 46.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 23-10-2019
Employment start: 01-01-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: IVH

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