Department of Biology, Section of Microbiology
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen
The Postdoc position is for 3 years and the project will be carried out at
Section of Microbiology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen where
you will engage in teamwork within the group and with national and
The position is open from 1 February 2022.
This Postdoc position is associated with the ERC Consolidator project “ The
biofilm matrix and its functional role in the ecology of bacterial communities
– BioMatrix. The overall aim of the project is to examine the production and
composition of matrix components in multispecies biofilms and their role in
shaping community function, activity and protection.
A four-species soil community interacting synergistically in biofilm formation
will be used as model. Experimental designs will span various levels of
community and environmental complexity to facilitate both a mechanistic and an
integrative understanding of the impact of the biofilm matrix for community
The postdoc's duties will include research within Microbiology. The post may
also include performance of other duties
The main tasks of the Postdoc fellow will be to 1) design, optimize and apply
various in vitro models for analysis of the functional role of the
multispecies biofilm matrix, 2) characterize and identify biofilm matrix
components based on visual approaches (staining and microscopy) and
metaproteomics, and 3) study specific gene expression in multispecies
We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious researcher with strong
experience in biofilm microbiology, microbial ecology and bacterial
Applicants should have the following qualifications:
PhD in Microbiology, Bioengineering, Molecular Biology or equivalent
Hands on and documented experience with cultivation and analysis of
Previous experience with use of in vitro biofilm models and confocal
microscopy analysis of bacterial populations and/or communities
Hands on and documented experience with protein purification and
Previous experience with analysis of large (omics-) datasets
Fluency in English
Main tasks of the appointed applicant
Optimization and application of in vitro models for analysis of
Visual analysis of spatial community and matrix structure
Metaproteomics analysis of the biofilm matrix
Analysis of gene expression in biofilms
Structural and functional characterization of the biofilms using e.g.
stains binding specific matrix components, biomass and viability assays
Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry
of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on
Academics in the State.
Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking
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Motivated letter of application
Complete List of publications
PhD and Master diploma or transcripts in English
Separate reprints of 2 particularly relevant papers
The University of Copenhagen wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of
society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates
regardless of personal background.
The deadline for the application is 21 October 2021, 23:59 GMT +2.
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment
manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview
Committee. You can read about the recruitment process at
https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
Contact and inquiries
Associate Professor Mette Burmølle, PhD: email@example.com
If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how
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Further information on the Department is linked at
https: // www. science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/.