An Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position is available at the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, as part of the newly funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network Mermaid (http://www.env.dtu.dk/english/Research/mermaid).
The successful candidate will work on the project 'Pathogen invasion in environmental biofilms: role of architecture and community composition'.
The fellowship is funded as part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) MERMAID – Microbial Resource Management for Closing the Urban Water Cycle, which is funded by EU-FP7 People. The aim of MERMAID is to provide research training in the emergent area of Microbial Resource Management and Engineering to close the Urban Water Cycle. The project considers microbial communities present in the urban water cycle as valuable resources that can be steered and exploited to produce, maintain, and deliver high quality water in an energy efficient way. The candidate will join a group of 13 PhD fellows with the opportunity to cooperate across countries and sectors, attend especially tailored courses, and be supervised by a team of excellent researchers who span the breadth from microbial ecology to bioenvironmental engineering.
Responsibilities and tasks
Using molecular ecological and microscopic tools, targeted experimental platforms, and supported by ecological theories, the successful candidate will assess to what extent invasion of environmental biofilm by exogenous organisms, such as pathogens, is governed by biofilm architecture or biofilm community composition. We expect that findings from this research will provide important scientific (What governs invasion of microbial systems?) and practical (e.g., How to protect drinking water safety?) contributions.
The successful candidate will also contribute to teaching at DTU Environment.
At the time of appointment, the candidate will have a M.Sc. degree in Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Biochemical, Chemical or Environmental Engineering or related discipline, evidence of research experience, and significant exposure to one or more of the following areas: environmental microbiology, microscopic or molecular techniques for microbial investigations, molecular biology, image analysis, or bioinformatics. The candidate will have a high motivation for research, evidence of solid written and oral communication skills, and enjoys working in an international and cross-disciplinary team.
Fellows will work in and contribute to an international and cross-disciplinary research environment. We offer an exciting and challenging job in an international environment with a good team spirit and attention to professional and personal growth.
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students in combination with the salary rules for Marie Curie (ITN) early stage researchers. The period of employment is 3 years. The start date is February 1, 2014 or soon thereafter.
Nr of positions available : 1
Environmental science - Water science
Biological sciences - Biological engineering
Biological sciences - Biodiversity
Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
First Stage Researcher (R1)
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