Denmark : PhD fellowship in the area of Metabolic Engineering of secondary metabolite production in actinomycetes

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join our newly established and highly international research center – The Novo Nordisk Foundation for Biosustainability, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and become part of the New Bioactive Compounds / Metabolic Engineering of Natural Products section.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will be working on projects concerning metabolic engineering of actinomycete antibiotics producers. The work will include topics on laboratory automation, development, implementation and application of high throughput metabolic engineering tools for actinomycetes, and the identification and characterization of novel secondary metabolite biosynthesis pathways.

Master’s Degree in relevant field.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with M.Sc. degrees in Microbiology or related discipline. Candidates with some knowledge actinomycete biology and genetic engineering will be preferred, but these qualifications are not formal requirements.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. Place of work is The Novo Nordisk Foundation for Biosustainability in Hørsholm.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Co-Principal Investigator Tilmann Weber,

Head of the section is Professor Sang Yup Lee. More information on the center at

We must have your online application by 12 October 2014. Please open the link “apply for this job online” and fill in the application form and attach your application and CV.

Applications must be submitted in English as one single PDF file. The material that should be given consideration in the assessment must be attached.

Please include a 1-page letter explaining the applicant´s background and reasons for applying, a 1-page curriculum vitae, a list of peer-reviewed publications (may include papers under review), master diploma including grades, and an Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Letters of recommendation may be included at the end of the application or sent directly by the referee. All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 22 October 2014

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