The Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering one PhD scholarship in plant developmental biology in the 2021/2022 academic session

Project details:

They are recruiting one PhD student to work on a three-year project aimed at identifying novel microProteins that regulate shade avoidance responses in plants. MicroProteins are small single-domain proteins that have been shown to control diverse biological pathways. In the project we will employ a combination of transcriptome-sequencing, genome-engineering and protein biochemistry approaches in Arabidopsis and tomato plants to unravel the function of new microProteins.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Stephan WenkelDepartment of Plant & Environmental Sciences, [email protected]

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 out your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in teaching
  • Disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Worth of Award

  • 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 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


  • They are looking for a highly motivated individual with an MSc in biology or related discipline.
  • The ideal applicant has experience in working with plants and thrives in an international working environment. Knowledge in genome-engineering and/or protein biochemistry is a plus.
  • Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Biology or Biotechnology with good results and good English skills.
  • As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

How to Apply

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, stating your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project (max. 1 page).
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

Deadline: Applications must be submitted online no later than January 31, 2021, 23:59 CET   


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