Saturday, 11 February 2012

PhD scholarship in synthesis and turn-over of cyanogenic glucosides in developing sorghum seeds, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology is offering a PhD scholarship commencing 1 April 2012 or soon thereafter. The application deadline is 14 February 2012.

Project description
Cyanogenic glucosides are a key class of bioactive natural products studied at the Section for Plant Biochemistry. We want to recruit a PhD student to investigate the synthesis, turn-over and biological functions
of the cyanogenic glucoside dhurrin in the course of sorghum seed development.

The successful applicant is required to have excellent theoretical as well as practical skills within:
  • LC-MS technologies
  • metabolite profiling
  • bio-informatics
  • molecular biology and
  • protein biochemistry.

The applicant has to possess the ability to work independently as well in an international research team. Experience with respect to use of statistic software and web programming is an advantage.

Principal supervisor
Professor Birger Lindberg Møller
Direct Phone: (+45) 35 33 33 52
Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology.

Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD fellow at LIFE are:
  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in international congresses
  • Stay at a research institution abroad for a few months
  • Teach and disseminate your research.

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates
  • A master´s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other professional activities
  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship).

Formal requirements
The positions are available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty´s master´s programmes.
At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

The successful applicant of the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment in the LIFE Graduate School before the Faculty can finish the letter of employment.
Graduate School of Faculty of Life Sciences, LIFE strives to give our students the best international career prospects within our main research areas.

Terms of employment
The position will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The post is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Application Procedure

Apply by clicking "Apply online" below.

Applications - in English - must include:
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records  
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), peer reviewed and other
  • Personal Recommendations   
  • A maximum of 3 relevant scientific works which the applicant wishes to be included in the assessment.

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no 284 of 25. April 2008.

By the end of March 2012, all applicants will have received information regarding the evaluation of their application. Receipt of the application will not be acknowledged.

The application must be received no later than 14 February 2012. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programmes is available at

Deadline: 14-02-2012

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