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PhD fellow in Ecophysiology of Coffee

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN), Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Coffee Ecophysiology commencing 01.10.2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Description of the scientific environment  
Research activities at IGN span from studies of the composition and dynamics of the Earth to forestry and biomass, water resources, urbanization, remote sensing, landscape architecture and planning, and societal studies.  
During the study, the student will be member of the Section on Forest, Nature and Biomass, and specifically work in a group specializing on genetics and physiology of tropical trees. The group members include an ecophysiologist, quantitative and molecular geneticists and agroforesters and is exploring how forests and agroforests can be sustainably managed under current and projected future climates. A newly started research area is tackling physiology of trees under stress and climate change. You will get to work in a pleasant, international and collaborative atmosphere with colleagues from many countries. 
Project description  
Coffee is an important tropical crop which is threatened by high temperature and drought. The project is part of the EU H2020 project BREEDCAFS, working to develop coffee systems and genotypes able to resist climate change. The aims of the PhD study will be to contribute to a better understanding of coffee physiology under stresses caused by climate change, and the potential role of genetic variability (studying intraspecific Arabica hybrids) in adapting coffee systems to climate change. The PhD is thus an integrated part of workpackage 1 of the project entitled “Understanding coffee responses to biotic and abiotic stresses”.  
Focus in the study will be on the effects of temperature and drought stress and relations between gas exchange (photosynthesis and water use), yield and genotypes. It will be explored whether agroforestry can provide improved microsite conditions and better performance of coffee under stress. Data collection will take place in existing field trials, established in Latin America and Vietnam, with possible lab work among project partners in Europe. Results will be used to improve current models of coffee distribution and physiology. A close collaboration with other members of the research consortium is envisaged.  
Principal supervisor is associate professor Anders Ræbild, Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, e-mail:, Direct Phone: 35331619.  
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 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 Biology, Agronomy or a related plant science field with good results and good English skills. A solid basis in plant physiology is a prerequisite, and modeling and statistical skills will be an advantage. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.  
Terms of employment  
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 312.879 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.219). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  
Application Procedure  
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include  
• Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the PhD project.  
• A one-page description of a suggested research project in relation to the PhD topic. This may later serve as a first draft of the PhD plan (see  
• CV  
• Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)  
• Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  
• Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees  
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  
The deadline for applications is 20.08.2017, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at  
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor associate professor Anders Ræbild, Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, e-mail:, Direct Phone: 35331619.  
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at  

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Ansøgningsfrist: 20-08-2017
Ansættelsesdato: 01-10-2017
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management

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