PhD on Methane Cycling in Freshwater Systems

Sep 01, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
Apply Now
Online Application
Save 0

The Department of Biology, SDU invites applications for a three-year PhD study in biogeochemistry and microbial ecology. The position is associated with a project investigating how anaerobic methane oxidation attenuates methane emissions from freshwater systems. While freshwater systems are an important source of atmospheric methane, anaerobic methane-oxidizing microbes were recently found to act as a barrier to the release of this strong greenhouse gas in some systems. Yet, the identity of these microbes and their distribution and activity across different freshwater environments is poorly understood. Filling this knowledge gap is relevant to predictions of how freshwater methane emissions respond to environmental change and to the mitigation of emissions from anthropogenically influenced systems.

The main research objective of this position is the determination of the distribution, rates, and environmental controls of anaerobic methane oxidation in a wide range of freshwater sediments. Approaches include experimental quantification of anaerobic methane oxidation using stable isotope tracing and mass spectrometry, as well as identification of key microbes through biomolecular analyses. Hence, we seek a candidate with a background in microbial or molecular biology, (bio-)geochemistry, or related fields, and with an aptitude for field work. The selected candidate will be part of the diverse and international Nordcee group at SDU and will have the opportunity to interact with project associates at Aarhus University.

For further information please contact Professor Bo Thamdrup, tel. +45 6011 2477 /

Application, salary etc. Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

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

Application must be in English and made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:

  • A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
  • A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box “Application form”)
  • Detailed CV, including personal contact information
  • Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
  • At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.