PhD fellowship in Redox Enzymes for Conversion of Biomass

Copenhagen University
June 13, 2024
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The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN) invites applicants for a PhD fellowship in oxygen-dependent enzymes and their pivotal role in conversion of biomass. This position is supported by the the Novo Nordisk Foundation and is part of the collaborative international “OxyMiST” project, which seeks to uncover the “Oxygen Constraints on Microbial Secretomes during Plant Cell Wall Turnover”.

Start date is (expected to be) 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project The 'OxyMiST' project is dedicated to advancing our understanding of carbon recycling in environments where oxygen is limited. The primary focus of the research will be to explore how variations in oxygen concentration affect the activity of microbial enzymes that are responsible for degradation of plant cell walls. The PhD candidate will play a crucial role in identifying and characterizing these enzymes, aiming to reveal new processes and whether these can be utilized for enhanced bioethanol production or CO2 capture

Nature is fundamentally about carbon recycling, and we have a pretty good understanding of the enzymes that make this happen at the surface where oxygen is easily available. It is more opaque when we dig in and oxygen becomes a sparse resource. Is it the same enzyme reactions but slower? Is it something new? Can we speed up the process and produce bioethanol, or slow it down to capture CO2?

Who are we looking for?

  • A Master's degree in biochemistry, biotechnology, food science, or a related field.
  • Outstanding academic records.
  • Proficiency in English, both spoken and written.
  • It will be considered an advantage if you have:

  • Hands-on experience in one or more of: enzyme assays, protein purification, HPLC, calorimetry, or mass spectroscopy
  • A strong foundation in analytical chemistry, molecular biology, or biophysical chemistry.
  • Specific knowledge of redox enzymes such as oxidases, peroxygenases, or lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases
  • Excellent collaboration and networking skills
  • Our group and research- and what do we offer?

    The Biopolymers and Redox Enzymes research group at the University of Copenhagen's Frederiksberg Campus is a collaborative community located near central Copenhagen. Our laboratories are specifically designed for studying oxygen-dependent biological samples and enzyme reactions, providing an optimal environment for the project. The group has recently undergone a reorgnization and currently comprises 2 associated professors, 3 postdocs, and 2 fellow PhD students, with 2 additional PhD positions available. We value collaboration and interdisciplinary exchange, creating an atmosphere where ideas can be freely shared and explored. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with renowned scientists from our partner institutions, Cambridge University (UK) and INRAE Marseille (France), as well as enhancing your research experience and professional network in a dynamic international setting

    We encourage all interested candidates who meet the qualifications to apply. For more details about the fellowship or application process, see https: // or contact Søren Brander, [email protected]. We look forward to your application and potentially welcoming you to our team.

    The supervisor for the PhD project is Søren Brander ,[email protected]

    The PhD programme epending of your level of education, you can undertake the PhD programme as a three year full-time study within the framework of the regular PhD programme (5+3 scheme), if you have an education equivalent to a relevant Danish master's degree.

    Qualifications needed for the regular 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. cand.scient or cand.polyt. For information of eligibility of completed programmes, see General assessments for specific countries and Assessment database.

    Terms of employment in the regular 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.

    Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. 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
  • 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
  • Application and Assessment Procedure Your application including all attachments must be in English and submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

    Please include :

  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • 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.
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Reference letters (if available)
  • Application deadline The deadline for applications is 13 June 2024, 23:59 GMT +2 .

    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 https: //

    Questions 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: https: // www.

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

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