Postdoc in Fungal Ecology and Secondary Metabolism

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark has an opening postdoc position in structural chemistry. The funds for this fellowship are available for six years. Applicants should apply before January 31, 2019.

The Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites, CeMiSt, is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The Center started 1stof January 2018 and will run for six years with an option for a four-year extension. The Center is based at the Technical University of Denmark and hosted by Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering). Three DTU departments and 10 senior faculty participate in the Center and >15 PhD students and postdocs will be hired. The purpose of CeMiSt is to unravel the biological role of microbial secondary metabolites in natural microbiological communities. The Center is led by Professor Lone Gram.

DTU Bioengineering covers microbial ecology and physiology, industrial biotechnology and biomedicine and health. The department consists of approx.30 faculty and more than 80 PhD students and postdocs.

The research area of the position is within fungal ecology, genetics and natural product chemistry witha focusonthe analysisof the interaction between secondary metabolite producing microorganisms.

We are looking for an ambitious mycologist with a broad experience in fungal ecophysiology, genetics and secondary metabolite production.

You will get a unique possibility to work on fungal (and bacterial) ecosystems focusing on how secondary metabolites of terrestrial fungi affect microbial diversity and functionality in both natural and engineered systems.

The position allows you to collaborate with several research groups with expertise in microbial ecology, molecular microbiology, gene sequence analyses and analytical and structural chemistry.

You must be ambitious, well organized, structured and enjoy interacting with many different people includingPhDstudents and postdocs. Also, a good sense of humor will be appreciated.

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.

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 postdoc position is available for3years.

Further information may be obtained from Professor Lone Gram (

Please submit your online application no later than31 January 2019.

To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will notbe considered.

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

TheCenter for Microbial Secondary Metabolitesaims to establish what effectmicrobial secondarymetabolites have on other microorganisms in their natural environment. We have traditionally perceived them as 'competition substances',but in naturalenvironmentsthey are rarely produced in quantities of antibiotic effect.The Center's hypothesis isthat secondary metabolites constitute a network of signal molecules that directly affect gene expression, behavior, and metabolism of the microorganisms and thus play a decisive role in the composition and function of microbiological societies. We will explore this inan interdisciplinarycollaboration with the use of analytical-chemical, bioinformatic, molecular biological, and classicmicrobiologicalmethods.

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) conducts research, educates the future bio-engineers, provides scientific advice and innovate within the areas of microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnologyandbiomedicine. Theresearchat DTU Bioengineering is at the highest international level and focuses on the societal and scientific challenges within the field.Researchis conductedwithin three main areas: Microbial ecology and physiology, Industrial biotechnology and cell factories, and Biomedicine and health. The department has extensive collaboration with national and international research units and industries. DTU Bioengineering has approx.180employees, of which 2/3 is scientific staff. The departmentis locatedat DTU Lyngby Campus


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