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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dynamics of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Urban Water Cycle in Europe (DARWIN), Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen

This project is associated to “DARWIN” a pan-European examination of the fate of key antimicrobial resistance (AMR) organisms and genetic determinants in urban water systems (UWSs) resulting from discharged hospital and community wastes, including transmission mechanisms in different stages of sewer catchments and receiving waters. The project will focus on the spread of AMR genes encoding clinically relevant extended spectrum Beta-lactam (ESBL) and carbapenem resistance in three countries with differing AMR profiles and sewage management practices. 

The main tasks for the Postdoctoral Fellow will be to quantify abundance and diversity of clinically relevant AMR genes in key intersecting ecosystems within the UWS in three countries with contrasting patterns of AMR, antimicrobial use, and sewage treatment; to identify their genomic context; assess whether they are on MGEs and identify their pathogenic and/or environmental bacterial host(s).

The position is for 2 years, and is funded within the framework of the JPI-EC-AMR programme. The project will be carried out at Section of Microbiology, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen. The position is to be filled 1st of June, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

We are looking for an expert in Microbial Ecology with experience in analysis of microbial metagenomic data and data mining.
  • PhD in Microbial Ecology or similar.
  • Documented experience with analysis of large metagenomic data sets (i.e. SSU rDNA analyses, specific gene analyses, comparative analyses, sequence assembly).
  • Hands on experience with molecular DNA based approached such as Plasmid isolation, Community DNA extraction and Q-PCR including primer design.
  • Being familiar with script writing such as Perl/Python/Ruby is not mandatory but will be taken into consideration.
  • Fluency in English.
  • You will be able to engage in teamwork within the group and our collaborators.
  • Experience in applied research projects related to antibiotic resistance 
For further information, contact: Professor Søren J. Sørensen  

The application must contain:
  • Motivated letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Transcript of university examinations (in English)
  • Contact details of 2 persons for references
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

Salary and terms of employment:
Terms of employment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). For post docs the salary is based on seniority and is currently between DKK 32.350 and DKK 34.060 per month plus pension contribution and the possibility to negotiate further supplement.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Please forward your application via the job portal of The University of Copenhagen at Job Portal. Press “APPLY NOW” to fill in the application form. The deadline for the application is 7th of April, 2017 at 11:59 PM CET.

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Søren Sørensen


Ansøgningsfrist: 07-04-2017
Ansættelsesform: Tidsbegrænset periode
Ansættelsesdato: 01-06-2017
Afdeling/Sted: Biologisk Institut

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