PhD fellowship in Geomicrobiology

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  • Denmark
  • Posted 5 days ago

University of Copenhagen

Functions are welcome for a three-year PhD place on the Division of Geosciences and Pure Useful resource Administration (IGN) on the College of Copenhagen (UCPH). The place is funded by the Unbiased Analysis Fund Denmark for analysis on “The position of marine fungi in coastal carbon biking and storage: mechanisms and implications for plastic within the estuarine ecosystem.”

Begin date is anticipated to be February 2024.

The challenge Threats to coastal ecosystem well being by widespread pollution, resembling plastic, are compounded by climate-related strains on the carbon cycle. In addition to methods to cut back plastic use, nice effort is utilized to unravel plastic biodegradation and to develop sustainable polymer alternate options, e.g., biodegradable plastics. Fungi are common degraders of carbon compounds and are discovered on aquatic plastic litter. The mechanisms by which they degrade pure and artificial carbon compounds are central to growth of biotech-based plastic waste administration and estimations of plastic´s longevity in pure environments, however our data of their position in pollutant degradation stays nascent. Current research present that sediments are a significant sink for plastic particles, and that coastal processes retain plastics in estuaries and wetlands. Unraveling the mechanisms behind fungal interplay with plastic wouldn’t solely inform our understanding of those organisms within the carbon cycle, however would additionally ship data on new species and enzymatic pathways of pollutant biodegradation in close to shore ecosystems.

This research explores the mechanisms by which aquatic fungi seize carbon, the pathways by which they degrade carbon compounds, and the position they play to mediate transport and storage of carbon in water, sediment and the rooting zone of marine crops. To this finish, we are going to mix superior microscopy strategies with microbiological, geochemical and mineralogical approaches within the laboratory and area.

Who’re we in search of? As a part of their work, the candidate will isolate marine fungi from Danish estuaries for cultivation, apply cutting-edge omics approaches to achieve perception to group composition and performance, and use biogeochemical, imaging and isotopic approaches to trace storage, sequestration and launch of carbon into the system. They may work within the area and within the laboratory.
As such, the chosen candidate could have a powerful affinity for and expertise in mycology, geomicrobiology, marine microbiology, microbial ecpology and/or biogeochemistry, and could have accomplished their MSc in a related self-discipline. Sensible abilities in microbial culturing strategies, geochemical analyses, microscopy and/or interfacial geochemical strategies are extremely fascinating. The PhD Fellow will be a part of a staff and can work carefully with each lab members and collaborators, that means they need to have a flair and keenness for laboratory work. Creativity, curiosity, impartial pondering, good communication abilities in English, and the flexibility to work in a staff are all very important qualities.

The profitable candidate shall be chargeable for the day by day administration of their analysis challenge in coordination with the supervisor and different members of the group. They might be concerned within the coaching and co-supervision of workers members/college students and the place might embody efficiency of extra duties resembling instructing and outreach. 

Our group and analysis
The PhD analysis shall be carried out within the Geomicrobiology & Sediment Biogeochemistry Lab established throughout the Sedimentary Techniques Group (SedSys) within the part of Geology at IGN. The chosen candidate shall be built-in right into a staff of Postdocs, PhDs, MScs and challenge college students engaged on varied points of microbe-plastic interactions and geomicrobiological processes in Earth evolution. The challenge shall be in shut collaboration with researchers on the Globe Institute (UCPH), TU Berlin, IGN-Geography, and the College of Turin. For extra data, please check with: and /

Principal supervisor: Affiliate Professor Nicole Posth, Division of Geosciences & Pure Useful resource Administration, E-mail: [email protected]  

The PhD programme 
{Qualifications} wanted for the common programme
To be eligible for the common PhD programme, you could have accomplished a level programme, equal to a Danish grasp’s diploma (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) associated to the topic space of the challenge as outlined above. For data of eligibility of accomplished programmes, see Common assessments for particular nations and Evaluation database . 

Phrases of employment within the common programme 
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for optimum 3 years. 

Employment is conditional upon your profitable enrolment as a PhD pupil on the PhD College on the College of SCIENCE, College of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an software for the precise challenge formulated by the applicant. 

The phrases of employment and wage are in accordance to the settlement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Skilled Associations on Teachers within the State (AC). The place is roofed by the Protocol on Job Construction. 

Duties and duties within the PhD programme
•    Carry by an impartial analysis challenge underneath supervision
•    Full PhD programs comparable to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
•    Take part in energetic analysis environments, together with a keep at one other analysis establishment, ideally overseas
•    Educating and data dissemination actions
•    Write scientific papers aimed toward high-impact journals
•    Write and defend a PhD thesis on the idea of your challenge

We’re in search of the next {qualifications}:
•    Skilled {qualifications} related to the PhD challenge
•    Related publications
•    Related work expertise
•    Different related skilled actions
•    Curious mind-set with a powerful curiosity in destiny of plastic as an environmental pollutant
•    Sturdy English language abilities

Utility and Evaluation Process
Your software together with all attachments have to be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW under. 

Please embody:  
1.    Motivation letter of software to the challenge (max. one web page)
2.    Curriculum vitae together with details about your schooling, expertise, language abilities and different abilities related for the place
3.    Unique diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Grasp of Science and transcript of information within the authentic language, together with a certified English translation if issued in one other language than English or Danish. If not accomplished, an authorized/signed copy of a latest transcript of information or a written assertion from the establishment or supervisor is accepted.
4.    Publication listing (if attainable)
5.    Reference letters (if out there)

Utility deadline:
The deadline for purposes is 20 September 2023, 23:59 GMT +2. 

We reserve the suitable to not think about materials obtained after the deadline, and to not think about purposes that don’t reside as much as the abovementioned necessities.

Utility process
After the deadline for submission has handed, quite a lot of candidates shall be chosen for tutorial evaluation by an unbiased professional assessor. You might be notified after this section, whether or not your software shall be handed on for evaluation.
The assessor will decide the {qualifications} and expertise of the shortlisted candidates with respect to the above talked about analysis space, strategies, abilities and different necessities and conclude whether or not every applicant is certified. The candidates could have the chance to touch upon their evaluation. You may learn extra in regards to the recruitment course of at /. 

Choose candidates will then be invited for interviews. 

For particular details about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

Common details about PhD research on the College of SCIENCE is on the market on the PhD College’s web site: /.

The College of Copenhagen needs to mirror the encircling group and invitations all , no matter private background, to use for the place.

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