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PhD Stipend in Genome Sequencing and Mining for fungal quinone gene synthesis clusters for use in redox flow batteries (18-19049)

<p>At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, a PhD Stipend is available within the study programme of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 August 2019 or soon hereafter.</p>

Job description

The Department consists of five sections of which three are located in Aalborg with research and teaching in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biology and Environmental Science, one in Copenhagen on Sustainable Biotechnology and one in Esbjerg on Chemical Engineering. Place of employment of the position is Section of Biotechnology in Aalborg.

In Section of Biotechnology, within the research group Functional Genomics, a PhD stipend is available with the provisional title "Genome Sequencing and Mining for fungal quinone gene synthesis clusters for use in redox flow batteries". The stipend is offered as part of the research project "Fungal Batteries for Storing Sustainable Energy” funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation (Denmark). Close collaboration with partners off campus will be an integrated part of the project.

As the title implies, the PhD project concerns genome sequencing and bioinformatics mining in order to identify gene synthesis cluster that produce a variety of fungal quinones. The biosynthetic genes responsible for synthesis are usually found in gene clusters regulated by a single promotor region. The purpose is to enable the production and testing of the resulting quinones in redox flow batteries. Additional activities in the project may include genetic enhance of selected quinone production in native hosts. Typically, a constitutive promoter will be recombinantly introduced in front of the regulators, which will allow quinone production under any condition.

Applicants must have a Master of Science (MSc.) or a similar degree in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or similar from an internationally recognized University with practical research experience within one or more of the following:

  • Practical experience with culturing fungi
  • Practical experience with next generation sequencing
  • Practical experience with DNA purification and cloning
  • Practival experience with genome based bioinformatics
  • Good collaboration skills, team spirit and the ability to work independently
  • An excellent level of both spoken and written English to accommodate scientific communication and dissemination

We offer the possibility to be part of a strong, dynamic and internationally recognized multi-disciplinary research environment under the headline of functional genomics. This includes access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, a chance to see your research be brought into practice and freedom to develop your research project within the stated framework.

You may obtain further information from professor mso Kåre Lehmann Nielsen, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, email:kln@bio.aau.dk concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Ruth Klitte, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: rk@adm.aau.dk,  phone: +45 9940 7993.

For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science: www.phd.engineering.aau.dk 

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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