The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science at the University of
Copenhagen in Denmark is offering a Postdoctoral fellowship in insect-microbe
eco-physiology, commencing 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The University of Copenhagen provides a top-notch research environment and the
city of Copenhagen provides a vibrant cultural scene.
The fellowship will be part of a research project financed by an ERC
Starting Grant based in the thriving research environment of the Centre for
Social Evolution (http://socialevolution.ku.dk/home/
(embedded within the Section of Ecology and Evolution), and will involve
fieldwork in the Panamanian tropical rainforests at the Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute (http://www.stri.si.edu/
The successful applicant will have experience and interest in ecology,
evolution, physiology, microbial ecology and molecular techniques.
Insect-microbe symbioses often involve food exchange among interacting
partners, but the nutritional dimensions underlying these transactions are
often difficult to study. My lab has developed techniques for studying these
dynamics using symbioses involving social insects as models for such
inquiry. The project will focus on the remarkable lineage of
fungus-farming leafcutter ants that harvest fresh vegetation and convert it
into nutritional compost to produce fungal crops as food in underground nests.
The postdoc will explore how these ants have managed to grow their domesticated
fungi across extreme contemporary rainfall and temperature gradients and across
diverse climates over millions of years. Projects will combine ecological field
experiments in Panamanian rainforests and integrative laboratory studies of
cultivar gene expression to resolve the mechanisms enabling resilient
industrial-scale farming by leafcutter ants within diverse tropical insect
The position is available for a 2-year period and your key tasks as a
Postdoctoral Fellow at SCIENCE are:
- To manage and carry through your research project
- Write scientific articles and grant proposals
- Disseminate your research
- To travel to and perform field research in
- PhD in Biology with good results (including
publications and conference presentations
- An interest in fieldwork, eco-physiology,
microbial ecology, and symbiotic interactions
- Experience with sequencing, including -omics is
desirable, but not required
- Creativity and ability to be both team-oriented
- Experience with fungal culturing techniques is a
- Embrace of an international research environment
and interdisciplinary research
- A proven record of excellent English speaking,
reading and writing skills.
Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic
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 426.625 including annual supplement
(+ pension up to DKK 72.952). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking
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How to apply
Applications must include:
- Cover letter
- Statement of research interests and reasons for
applying to this position (max 2 pages)
- Curriculum vitae (including a list of
- Copies of relevant diplomas and transcripts (PhD,
Master and Bachelor)
- Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant
- Full contact details (name, address, e-mail,
telephone numbers and addresses of 2-3 professional referees).
In addition to the fulfilment of the above-mentioned qualifications, the
main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant,
the match with the project and good interpersonal skills. Additionally, my
research group and the University of Copenhagen strive to reflect the diversity
of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless
of personal background.
The deadline for applications is 15 March 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.
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 previously mentioned skills. You can read more about the
recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
For specific information about the Postdoctoral Fellowship please refer to
the website of Assistant Professor Jonathan Shik (www.jonathanshik.com
), or contact him at
firstname.lastname@example.org, Direct Phone: +45 31152140.