Denmark : PhD scholarship in Exometabolites and Exoenzymes

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This project is within a new field of investigation: The interaction of secondary metabolites (exometabolites, natural products) with exoenzymes from filamentous fungi. The main hypothesis in the project is that exometabolites are co-secreted and co-regulated with extracellular enzymes as an important part of fungal ecological function. More specifically the project will involve investigations of the degradation of recalcitrant polysaccharides and the role of exometabolites as potential helper antioxidants for the secreted lytic polysaccharide oxidases. If this project is successful, effective green cell factories can be suggested for future exploitation of third generation substrates, such as waste and non-eatable plant parts. The prospective PhD student will be involved in advanced methods and research fields such as bioanalytical chemistry, exoproteomics, mycology, chemometrics and bioinformatics and their interfaces, but need not necessarily have had a curriculum within all these fields. Very strong motivation and ability to work independently are prerequisites for the successful candidate. A strong background in chemistry and analytical chemistry are obvious advantages.

Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by: Professor Jens C. Frisvad.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Jens C. Frisvad, +45 4525 2626.

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Please submit your online application no later than 15 January 2014.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:


  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)


Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 15 January 2014

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