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Position: PhD scholarship in the microbiology of hydrogen sulfide production in recirculating aquaculture systems
Institution: Technical University of Denmark
Location: Kongens Lyngby, Lyngby‐Taarbæk Municipality, Denmark
Duties: Your focus will be to examine the microbes involved in H2S production in marine recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), focusing especially on the microbial biofilms. You will work with colleagues at the Section for Aquaculture and with academic partners in Denmark and Sweden
Requirements: You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree in microbiology, biology, aquaculture, biotechnology, or a closely related field; Curiosity and high motivation for research; Strong knowledge of basic biology (microbiology, molecular biology, biochemical cycles); Experience in molecular microbiology methods and standard laboratory work; Interest towards statistics and bioinformatics; Experience in R
   
Text: PhD scholarship in the microbiology of hydrogen sulfide production in recirculating aquaculture systems DTU Aqua Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Sunday 12 Dec 21 Apply for this job Apply no later than 1 February 2022 Apply for the job at DTU Aqua by completing the following form. Apply online Are you interested in exploring the hydrogen sulfide (H 2 S) producing microbes in aquaculture systems to support the development and to improve the sustainability of aquaculture industry? Are you comfortable both with a pipet on hand in the lab and getting out and work in collaboration with the aquaculture industry? Here is an opportunity for you! At DTU’s National Institute of Aquatic resources, we offer a 3-year PhD student position with a focus on microbes involved in H 2 S production in marine recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). You will be employed in the Section for Aquaculture, located in Hirtshals in the Northern part of Denmark. The section holds a strong expertise in the different aspects of aquaculture (e.g. farming technologies, water quality, fish physiology and nutrition, aquaculture microbiology), providing a scientifically stimulating multicultural environment. Your project is connected to a newly funded research project “Revealing and controlling previously unexplored H 2 S bacteria” funded by Sapere Aude program of the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF). You can find more information on the project here . Toxic H 2 S is a major challenge for sustainable aquaculture production, as even low H 2 S concentration can lead to massive production losses in the marine aquaculture facilities. You will be using the cutting-edge molecular microbiology techniques and bioinformatics and combine laboratory experiments to sampling in RAS to examine the identity, physiology, and ecology of H 2 S producing microbes as well as the microbial dynamics in biofilms. Responsibilities and qualifications Your focus will be to examine the microbes involved in H 2 S production in marine recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), focusing especially on the microbial biofilms. You will work with colleagues at the Section for Aquaculture and with academic partners in Denmark and Sweden. Your responsibility and tasks will be: Laboratory experiments to enrich and culture H 2 S producing microbes and microbial biofilms Sampling in RAS facilities Molecular microbiology work (e.g. DNA/RNA extractions, PCR, FISH) High-throughput sequencing (amplicon sequencing, metagenomics/metatranscriptomics) Sequencing data analysis (bioinformatics) Scientific dissemination of results You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree in microbiology, biology, aquaculture, biotechnology, or a closely related field. Desired traits and skills Curiosity and high motivation for research Strong knowledge of basic biology (microbiology, molecular biology, biochemical cycles) Experience in molecular microbiology methods and standard laboratory work Interest towards statistics and bioinformatics Experience in R Experience in aquaculture systems and field work Accuracy and patience for laboratory and experimental work Strong written and oral communication skills Ability to work independently and be flexible Approval and Enrolment The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide . Assessment An assessment of the applicants will be made by Researcher Sanni-Leea Aalto, Senior Researcher Lars-Flemming Pedersen and Head of Section Per Bovbjerg Pedersen. We offer DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. Salary and appointment terms The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. Starting date is 1 st of April 2022 (or according to mutual agreement) You can read more about career paths at DTU here . Further information Further information may be obtained from Researcher Sanni-Leea Aalto email: sheaa@aqua.dtu.dk or Head of Section Per Bovbjerg Pedersen pbp@aqua.dtu.dk You can read more about DTU Aqua at www.aqua.dtu.dk and more about Section for Aquaculture at https://www.aqua.dtu.dk/english/about/organization/scientific_sections/section-for-aquaculture If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU - Moving to Denmark Application procedure Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 February 2022 (Danish time) . Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out 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 ) You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. A ll interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. Section for Aquaculture Section for Aquaculture at DTU Aqua conducts research with an aim to improve the performance and economical and environmental sustainability of aquaculture sector. Our core research areas are sustainable farming technologies, recirculation systems, chemical water quality, biofiltration, aquaculture microbiology, waste treatment, and fish nutrition, welfare, and physiology. We have a strong national and international collaboration network of universities, research institutions, and industry. Being located in Hirtshals, we are close to the major part of the Danish fish farming industry. We have a wide array of aquaculture systems and reactors for experimental works and well-equipped laboratories. Technology for people DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.
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