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PhD scholarship in Bacterial Pathogen Metabolism – Microbiology, DTU, Denmark – Oct 2021

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PhD scholarship in Bacterial Pathogen Metabolism at the Center for Hyperpolarization in Magnetic Resonance (HYPERMAG), DTU Health Tech, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark – Oct 2021

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: -
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Center for Hyperpolarization in Magnetic Resonance (HYPERMAG)
DTU Health Technology
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

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Qualification Details

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree

Responsibilities/Job Description

Flexibility, self-motivation and commitment are required skills. In addition, we expect you to be eager to collaborate and take personal responsibility for your work. Good communication skills in English are required.The interdisciplinary nature of the project requires the candidate to have a broad interest ranging from cell growth to data collection and interpretation. Profound curiosity within the areas of microbiology, biomimetic systems or mathematical modelling of biological processes will be preferred. Prior experience with NMR is not required, but an interest in learning this method is required.

You will work at DTU Health Tech in close collaboration supervisors Assoc. Profs. Pernille Rose Jensen and Sebastian Meier (DTU Chemistry).

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

About the Project

The continued usefulness of antibiotics is threatened by the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Recently, a relationship between bacterial metabolism and antibiotic efficiency has become clear. To develop effective therapies, it is necessary that we have a more thorough understanding of this relationship. In HYPERMAG, we develop hyperpolarized DNP-NMR as a new technology for metabolic insight. The non-invasive, real-time observations with unprecedented sensitivity can directly identify important steps in pathogen metabolism. Observations of intracellular processes will be complemented by kinetic modelling to obtain a quantitative description of biochemical function and flexibility in central carbon metabolism. Pathogenic bacteria that invade the intestine interact with a complex ecosystem consisting of the gut microbiota and the human intestinal tissue. We work on model systems simulating this cellular environment to understand the interactions between pathogens and hosts and how antimicrobial drugs affects these interactions.The purpose of the project is to develop and use unique functional assays to characterize intracellular metabolic bottlenecks in bacterial systems such as SalmonellaShigella or Listeria. It will be possible to decipher how metabolism is changed upon treatment with known antibiotics or probiotics and their extracts. 

About the Employer: Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Note or Other details

You can read more about HYPERMAG and the Section for Magnetic Resonance at and about DTU Health Technology at

 If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

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Contact details

 Further information may be obtained from the supervisors, e.g. Pernille Rose Jensen, tel.: +45 4525 3688,

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