3 PhD Positions at the Center for Electromicrobiology (CEM)

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Bioscience programme. The position is available from 1 May 2018 or later.


Title:
3 PhD Positions at the Center for Electromicrobiology (CEM)


Research area and project description:
The PhD projects will address the molecular and structural biology of electrically-conductive proteins, functional genomics and microbial physiology of electron-conducting microbes, and/or the microbial biogeochemistry and interactions in electric microbial communities, depending on the qualifications and research interests of the successful candidates.


Qualifications and specific competences:
We expect the applicants to:

  • Have a strong background in microbial ecology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related fields, with an outstanding curriculum
  • Be highly dedicated, self-motivated and ambitious
  • Have excellent collaborative skills and an interest to work in an interdisciplinary center.


Place of Employment and Place of Work:
All positions are based at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, in an interdisciplinary setting including the Section for Microbiology, Department of Bioscience, the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, and The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. These departments offer an international working environment with state-of-the-art facilities for molecular and ecological microbiology, next generation sequencing, electrochemistry, and electron microscopy. 


About the Center for Electromicrobiology:

The Center for Electromicrobiology, CEMat Aarhus University (www.cem.au.dk) is a newly established Center of Excellence supported by the Danish National Research Foundation.

The aim of CEM is to establish a novel view on electron flow between living cells by addressing three overarching research questions: how are  the electrons transported, how are they exploited by the cells, and how do they shape ecosystems?

The centimeter-long cable bacteria with internal electron conductors connecting thousands of cells will have the main role in CEM’s endeavors: their large-scale separation of biological anode and cathode processes allows detailed experimental studies of the associated conductors and metabolisms, and their apparent electron exchange with many other bacteria will provide exceptional insights into electric ecosystems.

The center applies a combination of microbiological, biogeochemical, molecular biological and electrochemical approaches, including microfluidics, modeling, next generation sequencing, Cryo-EM, and computational biology.


Contacts:
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:

Professor, Head of CEM Lars Peter Nielsen, e-mail: lpn@bios.au.dk

Professor Andreas Schramm, e- mail: andreas.schramm@bios.au.dk

or Associate Professor Nils Risgaard-Petersen, e-mail: nils.risgaard-petersen@au.dk

 

Application procedures

Before you apply

Information and attachments:

Please be aware that you must have all relevant appendices, attachments, addresses for referees, etc. ready when you apply, as the entire application must be uploaded to the system in one go.

Documentation of language skills:

The English language requirement at Graduates School of Science and Technology is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).

English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” is documented by one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL test, minimum score: 560 (paper-based test) or 83 (internet-based test). The paper-based test must have a “total score”. From August call 2019, GSST no longer accepts the paper-based test.
    Aarhus University does not accept the TOEFL ITP test. Aarhus University’s TOEFL code is 8935. You must request that the test centre send your test results to Aarhus University, in order to enable verification of your test results.
  • IELTS (academic) test, minimum average score: 6.5 points
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
    Cambridge English: Certificate of Advanced English with grade A,B or C (CAE)
    Cambridge English: First Certificate  with grade A (FCE)

When to take the test and how to upload the documentation:
The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.

The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.

It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded. If the test result is not part of the original application the test result is to be sent to sphd@psys.au.dk no later than one month after the application deadline.

The following applicants are exempted from documenting their English qualifications/taking a test:

  • Applicants with citizenship from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden).
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or United States. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed at Aarhus University for which the requirement was English B level at the time of admission. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section”Language skills documentation”.
  • Applicants able to document that English was the language of instruction during the whole period of their Bachelor’s and/or Master’s programme. This must be documented by uploading an official document from the institution stating this under “language skills documentation”. The onus is on the applicant to provide this information as GSST will not pursue information regarding language of instruction for any programmes or institutions.

The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

How to apply:

1)      Find the application form:
Go to http://talent.au.dk/phd/scienceandtechnology/opencalls/
Choose February 2018 Call with deadline 1 February 2018 at 11.59 PM MET.
You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme 'Bioscience'

2)      Fill in the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Academic background
  • Admission
  • Financing (if any)
  • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: "Center for Electromicrobiology"
  • Source (how you found out about the call)

Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

3)      Application attachments:
Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

Please note that all information in the application must be in Danish or English.

As a minimum all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, no zip):

  • One reference (template for references)
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Motivation (max. 1 page)
  • Transcripts and diploma(s)
  • Project description (½-4 pages). This document should describe your ideas and research plans for this specific project. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
  • Documentation of language skills if required.

After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed. The e-mail will also include a link to the application – GSST urges you to check that all mandatory data, marked with an asterisk (*), is registered correctly and all attached files are readable. In case of significant errors, you should reply to the confirmation e-mail with the correct details before the application deadline.

GSST reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:

  • Request additional information to verify an application.
  • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made. 
  • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSST application guide here  

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.