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PhD Scholarships in Molecular biology, Bioinformatics, Enzymology – DTU, Denmark 2022

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PhD Scholarships in Enzyme Biotechnology for Biocatalytic Protein Mobilization, Enhanced Nutritional Quality and Palatability of Plant-based Foods is available at the Enzyme Technology Group, Section Protein Chemistry and Enzyme Technology, Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine DTU – Denmark 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Workplace:
Enzyme Technology Group, Section Protein Chemistry and Enzyme Technology
Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Lyngby Denmark

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Qualification Details

The successful candidate for each PhD project is

  • A passionate, creative, biotechnologist/biotech engineer or biochemist with a strong academic record and documented experimental skills in molecular biology and enzymology
  • A person possessing strong technical, organizational, and communication skills
  • Fluent English in speaking and writing

For ‘PhD Project 1’ the optimal candidate is a biotechnologist/biotech engineer with detailed knowledge of plant cell wall chemistry, and with practical experience in biomolecular engineering, recombinant enzyme expression, and preferably a keen interest in imaging methods, carbohydrate processing enzymes, and their action on complex plant cell wall substrates.

For ‘PhD Project 2’ the optimal candidate is a biotechnologist/biotech engineer with an innovative mindset, as well as strong skills in fungal metabolic pathway analysis, bioinformatics (preferably functional annotation of fungal genome data), knowledge of advanced cloning techniques, recombinant enzyme expression, preferably combined with experience chromatography analytics (LC-MS), and insight into plant matrix transformations. Experience with proteomics is an advantage.

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

According to the lab interest

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 – in the right hand column)

In the field “Please indicate which position(s) you would like to apply for”, please indicate which project you are applying for (title from the above list of PhD projects or individual research projects).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

About the Project

PhD Project 1 has the particular aim of investigating the enzymology of the plant cell wall degradation processes during fungal fermentation of leguminous foods, with the aim of understanding the function of enzymes during carbohydrate and protein transformations during the course of solid state fungal fermentation.
PhD Project 2 is targeted at harnessing fungal biocatalytic pathways to enhance protein bioavailability and essential amino acids in plant food matrices during solid state fermentation. The targets include both leguminous and cereal foods.

Both PhD projects are part of a new, large collaborative research effort, ‘Proferment’, granted by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, aiming at providing the scientific foundation for utilizing solid state fermentation with selected filamentous fungi and bacteria to mobilize plant proteins, and enhance bioavailability, nutritional quality, structure, and taste of plant based foods. Beyond DTU, the project partners include University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Both PhD projects will be supervised by Professor Anne S. Meyer, DTU Bioengineering, and conducted in close collaboration with several other PhDs and Post Docs also working on the overall collaborative ‘Proferment’ project.

About the Employer: Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Note or Other details

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Anne S. Meyer, DTU Bioengineering.

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 Prof. Anne S. Meyer: asme@dtu.dk

 

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