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Research Assistant in Plant Nutrition

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a Research Assistant position in Plant Nutrition commencing 01.04.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Description of the scientific environment 
The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences strives to stimulate fundamental research and the synergy between basic and applied research in biology and environmental science. The focus is on plants, microorganisms, animals and the environment as a basis for sustainable production of food and other biological products. Research and teaching cover natural resources, agriculture, biotechnology and synthetic biology from the molecular level to the ecosystem scale. 
The Plant Nutrition research group focuses on nutrient acquisition and utilization by higher plants and the functions of mineral elements in plant metabolism, plant productivity, plant-environment interactions and stress tolerance. Our overall goal is to increase nutrient use efficiency by contributing to development of new crop genotypes and fertilization strategies, the latter incorporating new tools for diagnosis of the nutritional status of plants and soils.  
The successful candidate will be working in the Plant Nutrition research group, which currently is composed of 28 members. The project will be coordinated in close collaboration with Associate Professor Daniel Persson and Professor Søren Husted. Our research ambitions are high and we strive to publish our work in leading journals. The research environment is vibrant, friendly and international, consisting of scientists and students with diverse academic backgrounds such as plant science, molecular biology and analytical chemistry. The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences is located in central Copenhagen at the Frederiksberg Campus. The laboratories of the Plant Nutrition Research group will soon move to a new and attractive building at the newly established “Copenhagen Plant Science Center”.  Copenhagen ranks among the most livable cities of the world and has several times been voted the number one capital in annual quality of life surveys. 
Job description
In the project we will develop a new generation of foliar fertilizers based on multilayered nanoparticles (NP’s) with superior leaf absorption, release on-demand properties and low scorching tendency.  
A main task in the applicant is to plan, maintain and evaluate growth experiments with the developed formulations. It is important that the applicant has extensive knowledge of experimental plant biology and statistics. 
Experiments are running in greenhouses, climate chambers and in the field. We use a wide range of sophisticated analytical equipment and the applicant will be responsible for using, demonstrating and maintaining this equipment. Experience with analytical equipment is highly valued. 
As the project is highly interdisciplinary it is important that the applicant has good communication skills at all levels and a high level in academic writing. You need to be able to document your interpersonal qualifications when applying – we value applicants that have experience with and talent for working in teams. 
For specific information about the position, please contact the principal supervisor Professor Søren Husted, 
The position is available for 34 months. 
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in plant science with very good marks and English skills.  
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 346.614 including annual supplement (+ 17.1 % pension). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
Application Procedure 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below, and must include the following: 
  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying  
  • CV  
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any), previous work experience  
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & e-mail) of 1-3 professional referees 
The deadline for applications is 20 December 2018, 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. You can read about the recruitment process at
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

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Søren Husted


Ansøgningsfrist: 20-12-2018
Ansættelsesdato: 01-04-2019
Arbejdstid: Fuldtid
Afdeling/Sted: Institut for Plante-og Miljøvidenskab

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