PhD Fellowship in Plant Phytohormone Transport, Denmark

The University of Copenhagen is pleased to offer a PhD Fellowship for students studying Plant Phytohormone Transport within the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. Eligible candidates should hold a master degree in relevant subjects. The winning students will receive a competitive salary for three years. To apply, entries must be received by 4 January 2016.

Fellowship Description
The overall aim of the project is to understand the physiological role of gibberellic acid (GA) transport in plants. GA is one of the pivotal phytohormones commonly used in agriculture, and it promotes a wide range of developmental processes, such as seed germination, root and shoot elongation, flowering and fruit patterning. It has recently been shown that GA is transported in plants. However, little is known about the underlying molecular transport mechanisms and the genes involved. In this project, which involves two other groups (Cornell- and Tel Aviv- University) and is funded by the Human Frontier Science Program, we will identify and characterize novel GA transporters from Arabidopsis thaliana.
This project will combine electrophysiology- and highly sensitive LCMS based transport protein characterization in Xenopus oocytes, metabolite profiling, 3D modeling and mutagenesis to gain a mechanistic understanding of how GA is transported across membranes.

Award Value

  • 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 306,667 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,361). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Level and Area of Studies
PhD degree in Plant Phytohormone Transport.

Place of work
The main place of work will be at the DynaMo Center, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen at Frederiksberg Campus.

Eligibility and Criteria
The main requirement of this PhD Fellowship is that applicants should hold an MSc degree related to the subject area of the project with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any), relevant work experience and a strong motivation for the application.

In addition, they will be evaluated based on the criteria as follow:

  • A strong background in molecular biology (e.g. design and generation of expression constructs) and protein characterization techniques (e.g. western blot).
  • Experience in- or are excited about learning- electrophysiology techniques.
  • Knowledge on plant transport protein biology.
  • The grade point average achieved in undergraduate studies.
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme.
  • Previous publications.
  • Language skills.

Applicants’ Nationality
There is no nationality restriction.

Application Instruction
Applicants are required to provide the materials as follow:

  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for the application.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • 1-3 professional references, please include full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email)

Submission Deadline
4 January 2016.

Website and Application Link