Department of Biology, Section of Functional Genomics invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in E. coli-T7 phage interaction. The project is financed by Independent Research Denmark DFF, FNU project.

Start date is (expected to be) 1st December 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
The projects involve biochemical, molecular, and physiological characterization of proteins/enzymes functioning in bacterial stress response and E. coli-T7 phage interaction. The candidate will be trained with multidisciplinary tools including molecular biology, biochemistry, proteomics, metabolomics, genetics, deep sequencing etc. Besides, a short period of exchange to UK is anticipated as associated with the project.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for passionate and highly talented candidates within the field(s) of Microbiology and Biochemistry. Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Molecular microbiology or Biochemistry or a related field. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and documented work experience. Experience within more of the following areas will be considered an advantage:

Protein biochemistry for recombinant protein synthesis, protein purification etc.

Molecular biology methods used for mutational study of enzyme function, cloning etc.

Solid experience with performing enzyme kinetic experiments.

Knowledge about molecular microbiology, bacterial stress response, phage biology.

Our group and research- and what do we offer?
The research group is small, currently composed of the PI and one PhD student. The group focuses on the study of bacterial stress response and bacteria-phage interaction. For more information, please visit the homepage at UCPH and Google

The group is a part of Department of Biology, Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. We are located in Copenhagen.

We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and state of the art equipment for protein biochemistry, bioimaging, and high-throughput studies.

Principal supervisor is Dr, Yong Zhang, E-mail:  

Qualifications needed for the PhD programme
To be eligible for the regular PhD programme, you must have completed a degree programme, equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (180 ECTS/3 FTE BSc + 120 ECTS/2 FTE MSc) related to the subject area of the project, e.g. Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

Terms of employment in the PhD programme
Employment as PhD fellow is full time and for maximum 3 years.

Employment is conditional upon your successful enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at the Faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.

The terms of employment and salary are in accordance to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The position is covered by the Protocol on Job Structure.

Responsibilities and tasks in the PhD programme

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS / ½ FTE
  • Carry out dissemination and teaching activities
  • Participate in active research environments, including a stay at another research institution, preferably abroad
  • Teaching and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Write scientific papers aimed at high-impact journals
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis on the basis of your project

We are looking for the following qualifications:

  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest and knowledge background in bacteria-phage interaction
  • Language skills

Application and Assessment Procedure

Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  2. Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline:

The deadline for applications is 19 August 2022, 23:59 GMT +1

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After deadline, a number of applicants will be selected for academic assessment by an unbiased expert assessor. You are notified, whether you will be passed for assessment.

The assessor will assess the qualifications and experience of the shortlisted applicants with respect to the above mentioned research area, techniques, skills and other requirements. The assessor will conclude whether each applicant is qualified. The assessed applicants will have the opportunity to comment on their assessment. You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews with selected candidates are expected to be held in week 35.

For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD study at the Faculty of SCIENCE is available at the PhD School’s website:

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 19-08-2022

Employment start: 01-12-2022

Working hours: Full time

Department/Location: Department of Biology

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