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Postdoctoral fellowship in Design of bacterial collaboromes for biocontrol of potato pathogens

A 2.5-year postdoctoral fellowship on the design of bacterial collaboromes for biocontrol of potato pathogens is available from June 1st 2021, or as soon as possible here after, at the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The project aims to design consortia of bacteria, termed collaboromes, able to prevent or diminish attacks by pathogens causing major annual losses of potato crops. The project will establish a comprehensive catalog of genes, species, and collaboromes characterizing the potato microbiota in fields with high or low incidence of diseases due to fungal or bacterial pathogens, focusing on the microbiota in soil, root and tuber. The focus on collaboromes is dictated by the proven ability of collaboromes to stably colonize and function in the presence of an existing competing microbiota, compared to single bacterial species inoculum. We will isolate, cultivate, and characterize promising soil bacteria to provide a collection of novel bacterial species able to antagonize specific plant pathogenes.

We are looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow to lead the isolation and screening of bacterial isolates and design of protective collaboromes. The postdoc will primarily use a combination of classical microbial isolation techniques and high throughput screening assays. The postdoc position is for 2.5 years and will be carried out at Section of Microbiology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen. The Fellow will engage in an international teamwork in a new interdisciplinary project funded by the Bio-Innovation Institute.

We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious researcher who is interested in microbiome interactions and keen on working with high throughput screening. Applicants with the following proficiencies will be regarded highly qualified and will be prioritized:

? Ph.D. (required) in microbiology, microbial biotechnology or equivalent.
? Documented experience working with cultivation and characterization of bacteria from rhizosphere, soil or similar complex environments.
? Knowledge on and research experience with the plant root microbiome is highly desired.
? Hands on experience with high through put functional screening of bacterial isolates.
? Motivated to work in a multidisciplinary research team, as well as independently, with an open communication style and a problem-solving attitude.
? Fluency in written and spoken English.

Main tasks of the appointed applicant
• Design novel protocols for isolating co-dependent bacteria.
• Development of high-throughput methodology for identifying synergistic and antagonistic bacterial interactions in complex microbiomes.
• Design consortia of bacteria, termed collaboromes, able to prevent or diminish growth of selected fungal plant pathogens

The application must contain:
? Motivated letter of application
? Curriculum vitae
? Complete List of publications
? PhD and Master diploma or transcript in English
? Separate reprints of 2 particularly relevant papers

Contact and inquiries
Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Prof. Søren J. Sørensen, PhD (

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 437.435 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.801). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

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

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

The deadline for the application is 5 April 2021, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.
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If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH in this links:, and

Further information on the Department is linked at

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