Feb 16, 2011

Denmark : 3 PhD fellowships at the interface between molecular plant

Three PhD fellowships are available for highly motivated candidates at The Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The fellowships start 1st April 2011 or soonest possible thereafter. The application deadline is 28 February 2012.

Job description
The work within the 3 PhD fellowships will focus on:
Physiological and biochemical characterization of photosynthetic parameters in barley and maize plants suffering from micronutrient deficiency (PhD1)
Multi-plexed quantification of chloroplastic proteins using actinide elemental tagged antibodies in combination with laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (PhD2)
Coupling of physiological markers for micronutrient status with the genetic map of barley and maize through analysis of QTLs, candidate genes and association genetics (PhD3)

The 3 PhD fellowships constitute an integrated part of the DSF-funded project Improved agricultural sustainability using molecular strategies to optimise nutrient use efficiency in cereals (NUTRIEFFICIENT) . The project is carried out jointly between research groups in Plant Nutrition, Molecular Plant Breeding and Photosynthesis at Department of Agriculture and Ecology and Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, KU-LIFE. Other project partners include University of Southern Denmark (proteomics), Sejet Plant Breeding and China Agricultural University. The PhD fellows will work closely together with senior staff in the consortium, with each other and with and other PhD students within the area.

Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at LIFE are:
Manage and carry through your research project
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

Applicants must hold a Master's degree related to the subject areas listed above. Experiences with techniques in general molecular biology, biochemistry, plant physiology, genetics, bioinformatics or analytical chemistry are mandatory. Applicants signifying research potential, proficiency in scientific communication skills, fluency in spoken and written English, and good interpersonal skills will be favoured.

Terms of employment
The posts will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The posts are covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

The position as PhD fellow requires the applicant to be approved for admission to the PhD programme at LIFE when accepted for the post.

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

For further information about the post, please contact coordinator, professor Jan K. Schjoerring (+4535333495; jks@life.ku.dk), professor Poul Erik Jensen (PhD1; +4535333340; peje@life.ku. dk), professor Søren Husted (PhD2: +4535333498; shu@life.ku. dk) or professor Søren K. Rasmussen (PhD3;+4535333436; skr@life.ku. dk).

General questions regarding PhD programmes should be directed to Course Administration c/o Special Advisor Michael Cleve Hansen, tel. + 45 3533 2056 or Head Clerk Lillian Zeuthen Bjørnseth on tel. +45 3533 2172. Further information on PhD programmes is available at http://www.life. ku.dk/English/ education/ phd.aspx

The application should be submitted by email as one pdf file. Each application must include the following appendices marked with the stated appendix numbers:

Appendix 1: Curriculum vitae with documentation of education (copies of MS and BS diplomas) and publication list.
Appendix 2: Transcripts of university examinations (both MS and BS), in English or Danish.
Appendix 3: Contact information of two persons for reference.
Appendix 4: Applicants whose principal language of instruction during their BSc/MSc was not Scandinavian or English must enclose IELTS or TOEFL test scores.

Applications not containing documentation for relevant qualifications in relation to the subjects and experiences described above will be rejected. An assessment committee will evaluate the retained applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee. The main criterion for selection will be the experiences and research potential of the applicant. Qualified applicants will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns her/him.

Following processing of the application, any application material sent will be destroyed.

Receipt of the application will not be acknowledged, but applicants will be kept continuously informed of the progress of the application.

Applicants will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no 284 of 25. April 2008.

The application, marked 625-327 should be emailed to agreco@life.ku.dk , where it must be received no later than 28 February 2011 at 12.00 noon. Applications received after the closing date for applications will not be considered

Application Deadline : 28 February 2011

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