Postdoc of Applied Microbe-Plant-Arthropod Interactions

A postdoc position is available for 2.5 years to conduct research within applied microbe-plant-arthropod interactions. The main tasks will focus on a field experiment in strawberry fields in Denmark to be established in 2021-23, where selected beneficial fungi will be evaluated as root inoculants for their effects on overall plant health. Parameters measured include: i) Arthropod community above-ground; ii) Soil biodiversity (microorganisms and fauna); iii) Incidence of selected plant diseases; iv) Plant production and yield. Assessment of colonization by the fungal inoculum in soil and plants will be evaluated over time with implementation of specific microbiological and molecular methods. In addition, laboratory and greenhouse experiments are planned to study specific aspects of microbe-plant-arthropod interactions. The position is within the project EXCALIBUR – Exploiting the multifunctional potential of belowground biodiversity in horticultural farming (https://www.excaliburproject.eu/) funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 817946). The postdoc will therefore become part of the project network and be involved in coordination and collaboration with European partners. Materials and methods are shared within the consortium.

The successful candidate should have a relevant PhD within entomology, plant pathology, biological control, agronomy or similar subjects. Experience with conducting experimental fieldwork and field collections of biological samples will be an advantage. Knowledge of microbiological and/or molecular methods is not a requirement, but the candidate must have an interest in acquiring such skills. Driver’s license to car is required.

Apart from research within the EXCALIBUR project, the postdoc is expected to become involved in supervision and teaching of students. The post may also include performance of other duties.

The position is based within the Section for Organismal Biology at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences: https://plen.ku.dk/english/research/organismal_biology/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Associate Professor Nicolai V. Meyling by e-mail: nvm@plen.ku.dk or phone +45 3533 2666

The position is expected to start from 1st March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

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 up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Description of current and future research plans of relevance to the position
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of up to three relevant own papers
The deadline for applications is Sunday 15 November 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

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 http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

Interviews are expected be held on 7-11 Dec 2020.


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