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PhD fellow in Symbiosis between birds and their digestive tract microbiota

The Natural History Museum of Denmark, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Symbiosis between birds and their digestive tract microbiota commencing 01.07.2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description and scientific environment
This PhD will be working on a Carlsberg Foundation funded project, which aims to assess patterns of microbiota diversity along the entire digestive tract and analyse how the digestive tract microbiota (DTM) composition varies relative to elevation, diet and evolutionary history. Importantly the work will go beyond pattern assessment to determine how the gut microbiota influences the possibility of birds to exploit new resources and thereby how they can colonise new areas, speciate and compete with the already established species. The successful candidate should expect to spend a significant amount of time in the field each year throughout the project period and will be responsible for the organization of his/her own fieldtrips. However, there is plenty of room for developing own side projects within the overall theme of DTM and community assembly. Thus, a great sense of independent thinking and generation of own ideas is expected

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Knud Andreas Jønsson at the Section of Biosystematics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen. For more detailed information please contact Ass. Professor Knud Andreas Jønsson at
Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Michael Poulsen at the Department of Biology.

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

• To manage and carry through your research project
• Attend PhD courses
• Participate and (co-) organize field work
• Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
• Teach and disseminate your research
• To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
• Work for the Department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in biology. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. It is essential that the candidate has field experience with tropical birds, including mistnetting and handling of live birds. Excellent English language skills are necessary.

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.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 317.459 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.852). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include
• Cover Letter
• CV including publication list
• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
• Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is April 19, 2018 23:59 GMT +2. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor, Knud Jønsson, Biosystematics, email:, phone: 22 32 04 63.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

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