Three PhD fellowships are now available for highly motivated candidates at The Faculty of Sciences, University of Copenhagen for the 2014/2015 academic session. The fellowships start May 1,2014 or soonest possible thereafter.

 The 3 PhD fellowships constitute an integral part of the BIOVALUE platform funded by the Strategic Research Council . The overall goal of the platform is to develop sustainable technologies for the refinement of plant material into high-value products.


You will enter into collaborations with senior scientists and a web of more than 30 PhD and Post-Doctoral fellowships on all Universities in Denmark, along with representatives from partners from DLG, Arla, Novozymes, Haldor Topsøe A/S, Rockwool and numerous small and medium sized enterprises.

Job description

The work within the 3 PhD fellowships builds on the concept that a reliable supply of biomass is a fundamental prerequisite if they are to achieve economic and environmental sustainability in the future biorefineries. The research will focus on ways to increase biomass yield and quality parameters essential for the biorefining process, often with winter wheat as a model. All PhD fellows are expected to contribute to development of new technologies that can be used to characterize key parameters of biomass to meet standards required for optimisation of separation technologies and selection of enzymes for further processing.

Your key tasks as a PhD fellow for BIOVALUE are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Present results of your research at international and domestic conferences
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • Collaborate and interact with academic and private partners throughout the platform


Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • The grade point average achieved in a Master´s degree in Agronomy, Biology, Biotechnology or other relevant areas
  • Professional qualifications; experiences with techniques in general molecular biology, biochemistry, plant physiology, plant breeding, genetics, bioinformatics or analytical chemistry are mandatory.
  • Previous publications or research potential
  • Relevant work experience or other professional activities
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Communication skills in Danish are an advantage.
  • Good interpersonal skills

Formal requirements

  • The positions are available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master´s degree.
  • The successful applicant of the PhD scholarship must pass an enrolment in the SCIENCE Graduate School before the Faculty can complete the letter of employment. Graduate School of Faculty of Sciences strives to give students the best international career prospects within their main research areas.

 How to Apply

Applications – in English – must include:

  • Cover Letter, stating your motivation, competences and background for applying for the PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records
  • Peer reviewed publications or manuscripts submitted for review
  • Other information for consideration
  • Personal recommendation letters; maximum of two letters with name, academic position and contact details of the referee.
  • Applicants whose principal language of instruction during their BSc/MSc was not Scandinavian or English must enclose IELTS or TOEFL test scores.

For further information about the post, please contact Professor Jan K. Schjørring ([email protected]), Professor Søren K. Rasmussen ([email protected]) or Director Birger Eriksen, Sejet Plant Breeding ([email protected]).
General questions regarding PhD programmes should be directed to Course Administration c/o Special Advisor Michael Cleve Hansen, tel. + 45 3533 2056.


  • The application must be received no later than March 19, 2014. Applications received after the closing date for applications will not be considered.
  • By the end of March 2014 all applicants will have received information regarding the evaluation of their application.

 Click here for more details and to apply online

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