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Ph.D. fellowships in the area of Synthetic Biology (Denmark)

Technical University of DenmarkWe are seeking a Ph.D student to join our newly established and highly international research center – The Novo Nordisk Foundation for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark, and become part of the Nørholm lab in the Bacterial Cell Factory Section.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will be working on projects concerning engineering of membrane proteins, biosynthetic pathways and microbes for production of medicinal compounds. The position is part of a team of scientists working with membrane proteins, synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. A key objective of the PhD project is to develop new technologies to improve expression of multi-enzyme complexes in microorganisms. This is accomplished using a combination of biochemical and molecular methods such as GFP-based expression optimization and advanced uracil-excision DNA assembly.

Masters in relevant field.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with M.Sc. degrees in synthetic biology or related discipline. Candidates with some knowledge of genetic engineering of bacteria, DNA assembly, membrane proteins, fluorescence microscopy or FACS analysis will be preferred, but none of these qualifications are 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 Sr. Scientist Morten Nørholm,

We must have your online application by the 27 August 2014. Please open the link « apply for this job online » and fill in the application form and attach your application and CV. 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.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,000 students are educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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