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PhD scholarship in Microfluidic study of plant-microbiome interaction
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Tuesday 11 Jan 22
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We seek an enthusiastic and motivated candidate to develop a microfluidic
system for studying microbial communities related to plant beneficial traits.
You will be involved in a fun PhD project on engineering microfluidic devices
and visualizing microbial community assembly directly on the plant root, with
strong international connections, a productive scientific environment, and a
good work-life balance.
This INTERACT consortium-connected PhD project will be carried out in the
Bacterial Interactions and Evolution Group headed by Professor Ákos. T. Kovács
at DTU Bioengineering.
INTERACT is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation via the Collaborative Crop
Resiliency Program (CCRP). The overall aim of INTERACT is to decode
microbial interactions in the complex soil matrix, in relation to soil
biogeochemical status, water stress as well as pathogen attack, and establish
the impact of these interactions on plant performance.
Responsibilities and qualifications
Your PhD project will contribute to understanding the ecological factors
behind root associated microbial community assembly. You first task will be to
develop a 3D-printed microfluidic system for imaging microbial cell attachment
on plant root. You will then use this system to study wheat microbial
communities and dissect how community assembly is influenced by the microbial
members, plant root exudates and habitat geometry. Further, you will also
collaborate with the consortium members of INTERACT.
We are looking for a candidate with a solid background in engineering with
interest in learning microscopy and microbiology. Candidates should have
experience with microfluidic theory and device fabrication (e.g. low volume
production via 3D printing or other fast prototyping methods) and application
of such systems to dissect a biological process. Background in
microfabricated, transparent chips and their design is advantageous. You
should be an efficient team worker, have good communication skills, and have a
critical engineer mindset for fabrication of microdevices.
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.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the
candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For
information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the
PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Ákos T. Kovács.
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence
of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a
rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for
academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and
academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish
Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon
with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.
You can read more about career paths at DTU here.
Further information may be obtained from Professor Ákos T. Kovács, tel.: +45
4525 2527, atkovacs @ dtu.dk
You can read more about DTU Bioengineering at www. bioengineering.dtu.dk
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in
Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 18 February
2022 (Danish time).
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)
Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma including official description of
In your application, indicate the names and contact details of at least
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, race, disability,
religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering)
addresses challenges of societal and scientific importance within
biotechnology, biomedicine, food technology and human health. The department
is based on both basic and applied research and employs tools from
biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, cellular biology, immunology, microbial
ecology and physiology, bioinformatics and bio-engineering. The department has
extensive collaboration with national and international research units and
industries. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 300 employees, of which 2/3 is
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