PhD Scholarships in Intestinal Microbiology and Toxic Chemicals

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in biotechnology at Technical University of Denmark, Denmark. The funds for this position are available for 3 years. Applications are invited up to November 30, 2018.

The National Food Institute (DTU Food) offers a PhD position related to studies of the effect of the intestinal microbiota on uptake and metabolism of potentially harmful chemicals.

You will be part of the Research group for Gut, Microbes, and Health at DTU Food. We offer an ambitious, dynamic and sociable research environment with lots of exiting challenges and opportunities. The PhD position is affiliated to the 'Microbelix' project supported by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and will involve interaction with both microbiologists, toxicologists and chemists.

The overall aim of Microbelix is to obtain a better understanding of the effect of gut microbial composition and activity on the uptake and metabolism of potentially harmful chemicals present in food products.


Candidates should have a master’s degree in life science, engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

Candidates are expected to have interest and knowledge within intestinal microbiology and ecology. You need to be ambitious, highly motivated, and capable of working independently, and to have good skills within written and spoken English.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience within animal models, microbial cultivation studies, sequence-based analysis of bacterial communities and/or characterization of chemical compounds e.g. by LC-MS/MS.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 3 years

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Professor Tine Rask Licht, +45 35887186.

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Please submit your online application no later than 10 December 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here) Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it. Interviews will take place in January, and expected start of the new Ph.D. students is March 1st 2019.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Food (The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & human health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching.


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