Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Plant Biotechnology in 2020/21 academic year.

Project details:

Present-day crop production is limited by environmental stresses that are only likely to be aggravated by predicted climate changes. Most attempts to generate resilient crops in the past have focused on the introduction of resilient traits in already domesticated crops. However, this strategy has generated little success due to the multifaceted nature of stress responses.

With the advent of new breeding technologies, the domestication of already resilient, underutilized crops offers the possibility of expanding crop diversity for future environmentally sustainable agriculture. Quinoa is a stress-resilient plant that is highly nutritious with an amino acid composition of its grain proteins comparable to that of legume seeds. However, productivity yields are low and subjected to changes due to weather conditions.

The aim of this PhD project will be to provide the foundations to increase the productivity of quinoa plants. The tasks of the PhD student will include the identification of putative breeding targets in quinoa and the characterization of these targets in order to ensure their link to production yields.

Worth of Award

  • The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
  • The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 328.355 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,360). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.


The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements

  • Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Plant Biology, Biotechnology or other related fields, with good results.
  • The applicant is also expected to have excellent 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 by clicking APPLY NOW on their website.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • A short project plan (maximum 1 page), including the Applicant’s ideas on how to identify and characterize the putative genes/proteins of interest.
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)

Deadline: The deadline for applications is February 23, 2020, 23:59 GMT +1. 

Click here for more details and to apply

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