PhD fellows in Synthetic Biology and Bio-Engineering – University of Copenhagen

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24 July 2012

PhD fellows in Synthetic Biology and Bio-Engineering

with focus on Cytochromes P450 in Plants and Insects
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering three PhD scholarships commencing September 15th or soon thereafter. The application deadline is August 1st 2012.
Project description
The PhD scolarships advertised are to be filled within one of these four topics:
1) Identification and characterization of cytochromes P450 and glucosyltransferases involved in synthesis of cyanogenic glucosides and other hydroxynitrile glucosides in sorghum, cassava, Lotus japonicus, and eucalyptus 
2) Assembly of the pathway for cyanogenic glucoside synthesis in nano discs as a tool to characterize the enzyme complex using dhurrin synthesis in sorghum as the model system
3) The role of CYP79s in the formation of volatile oximes and nitriles as attractants of insect pollinators using sorghum, eucalyptus and orchids as experimental systems
4) The de novo synthesis and sequestering of cyanogenic glucosides in insects with focus on the model system established in the Burnet moth.
The PhD projects are to be carried out in a highly competitive, stimulating and international research environment. Documented qualifications within plant biochemistry, molecular biology and bioinformatics or protein modelling are prerequisites to qualify for the positions. Short research stays within laboratories of our collaborators outside Denmark are envisioned. The research environment is supported by grants from the Villum Foundation to the research center Pro-Active Plants, from the Danish Government to Center for Synthetic Biology and from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to Center for Biosustainability.
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at the Faculty of Science are to develop your research project using your knowledge within plant biology and by applying the appropriate state-of-the-art technologies and innovative approaches to advance your work in a timely manner. Dedication, hard work and the ability to collaborate and profit from interactions with other members of the research group are additional success criteria.
Two of the advertised PhD stipends are funded by the EU Marie Curie initial training network P4FIFTY and are also advertised on the EU home page
Principal supervisor
Title: Professor, DSc
Name: Birger Lindberg Møller
Direct Phone: (+45) 35 33 33 52
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Job description
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in international congresses
  • Stay at a research institution abroad for a few months
  • Teach and disseminate your research
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
  • A master´s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship)
Formal requirements 
The positions are available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty´s master´s programmes. At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.
The successful applicant of the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment in the Science Graduate School before the Faculty can finish the letter of employment. Graduate School of Faculty of Sciences, strives to give our students the best international career prospects within our main research areas.
Terms of employment
The position will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The post is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.
Application Procedure
Apply by clicking "Apply online" below.
Applications - in English - must include:
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), peer reviewed and other
  • Personal Recommendations
  • A maximum of 3 relevant scientific works which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment.
The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no 284 of 25. April 2008.
By the end of August 2012, all applicants will have received information regarding the evaluation of their application. Receipt of the application will not be acknowledged.
The application must be received no later than August 1st. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.
General information about PhD programmes is available here

Deadline: 01-08-2012
Publisher: Det Biovidenskabelige Fakultet