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PhD Fellowship in Genetic and environmental aspects for optimizing insect production for feed and food – Biotechnology

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Biology programme.

Title:Genetic and environmental aspects for optimizing insect production for feed and food

 

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General Info

Position: PhD
Fellowship/Scholarship: Natural Sciences - Aarhus University GSNS PhD Scholarships
No. of Positions: 1
Eligibility (Gender):
Eligibile Nationals: All Nationals
Research Field: , , ,
Joining Date: May, 2022
Contract Period: -

Workplace:
Section for Genetics, Ecology and Evolution
Department of Biology,
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus C, Denmark

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Qualification Details

A Master’s degree in Biology, Biotechnology or similar or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject are possible backgrounds. A strong interest in experimental as well as analytical work and the ability to communicate scientific work is required. Experience with insect (eco)physiology, insect farming, and a strong background in genetics and/or evolutionary biology is highly valuable

Responsibilities/Job Description

The successful applicant will participate in a project on the Black Soldier Fly, contributing to green transition by addressing both production efficiency, environmental impact, and consumer attitude and skepticism of the growing insect breeding industry. The main work focus will be on investigating genetic and phenotypic diversity to establish the opportunities and limits to manipulating quantity and quality of producing this species, with the candidate will join an interdisciplinary team focusing on environmental impact (climate gas), microbiology and consumer acceptance/behavior. Interaction with the industry will ensure that the project cover the full circular economy.

The work will be done under the supervision of Prof. Jesper Givskov Sørensen (AU), supported by a thematic grant on Green Transition from DFF (Independent research Fund Denmark). Co-PI’s of the project are Prof. Andreas Schramm (Department of Biology, AU: microbiology, microbiome and climate gas emission) and Jessica Aschemann-Witzel (Department of Management, AU: consumer behavior and communication).

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: -
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

Before you apply, please read the application guide thoroughly. You can find the guide here.How to apply:

1)      Find the application form:Go to https://phd.nat.au.dk/for-applicants/apply-here/ - Note, the online application system opens on 1 December 2021.Choose February 2022 Call with deadline 1 February 2022 at midnight (23.59 CET).You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme “Biology”.

2)      Fill in the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Academic background
  • Admission
  • Financing (if any): Please choose AU funds
  • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: “Genetic and environmental aspects for optimizing insect production for feed and food (Geaoip)”
  • Source (how you found out about the call)

Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

3)      Application attachments:Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

All information in the application must be in English or Danish, preferably English. A certified English translation is required for documents written in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) languages.

As a minimum, all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, and no zip):

  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Motivation (max. 1 page)
  • One reference (template for references)
  • Transcripts, grade point averages (weighted and unweighted), and diploma(s) for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. If the original documents are not in English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) then copies of the original documents as well as a certified English translation must be attached.
  • Project description (½-4 pages). For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. When - as here - you apply for a specific project, please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
  • Documentation of language skills if required.

After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed.

About the Natural Sciences - Aarhus University GSNS PhD Scholarships

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About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Note or Other details

The graduate school reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:

  • Request additional information to verify an application.
  • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made.
  • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSNS Application Guide.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • The project will only be initiated if final funding (from the graduate school/the faculty) is secured.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.


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Contact details

Applicants seeking further information for this project are invited to contact:Jesper Givskov Sørensen, phone: +45 3018 3160, e-mail: jesper.soerensen@bio.au.dk, for further information about the position.

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