Postdoc within Fungal molecular ecology Department of Biology Faculty of Science University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a postdoc within fungal molecular ecology. The current position is funded for two years by the Danish national research council. In the project, we will explore functional traits of ectomycorrhizal species relevant for nutrient uptake including pathways involved in SOM decay and N-mobilization. In addition, we plan to measure soil enzymatic activities and record fungal communities with standard meta-barcoding techniques. Ectomycorrhizal traits and functioning will be studied across gradients in leaf litter quality and gradients in environmental factors. In the current project, we will therefore record fungal traits using a mix of genomic, biochemical and morphological analyses across plots with different tree species varying in litter quality, replicated in a unique common garden experiment found at six sites across Denmark.

In the Fungal Ecology Lab (Rasmus Kjøller), we work with functional diversity of fungal communities with a focus on mycorrhizal fungi. Other project partners are Professor Lars Vesterdal (IGN, UCPH) who is responsible for the common garden experiment, and Professor Adriana Romero-Olivares, New Mexico State University. We expect the candidate to work both independently as well as in a team of national and international researchers.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented competences within the following areas:

  • Bioinformatics in general and handling meta-barcoding and/or fungal genomic data in particular
  • Hands-on molecular lab work skills
  • Meta-barcoding of fungal communities
  • Soil biology in general and ectomycorrhizal fungi in specific
  • Terrestrial field work
  • Writing and communication skills
  • Statistical analysis skills

A driving licence valid in Denmark is an asset for the position.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Associate professor and project PI Rasmus Kjøller,

The position is open from 01 February 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

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.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover letter stating your interest in the position and how this fits into your longer term career plans (max 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 1 particularly relevant paper

The deadline for applications is 11 December 2023, 23:59 GMT +1

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews will be held in November/December 2023.


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Application deadline: 11-12-2023
Employment start: 01-02-2024
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Biologisk Institut

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