ESR PhD stipend in Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering

    ESR PhD stipend in Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering

    Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering – ESR PhD stipend is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) European Innovative Training Network RecaP, at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Aalborg University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 31, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Biotechnology
    – Chemistry
    – Environmental Engineering
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
    Faculty of Engineering and Science
    Aalborg University
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateSep 01, 2021


    We seek an early stage scientist with strong background in microbiology of uncultured microorganisms and experience with molecular methods (amplicon sequencing and metagenomics), bioinformatics, and metabolic models. Knowledge about activated sludge microbiology would be an advantage.


    Additionally, the successful candidate must meet the MSCA criteria:  

    • Early State Researcher: Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This 4-year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, excluding military, parental, sick leave, etc.
    • Mobility Rule: Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are exempt/excluded.

    The RecaP MSCA-ITN Training Network: 

    RecaP will train a cohort of 15 PhD students (Early Stage Researchers) to become Phosphorus specialists within the Global Phosphorus Challenge in a way that is socially, economically, and environmentally acceptable. This application is for the project ESR 10: Effects of microbial P cycling in wastewater treatment systems.


    The Ph.D. fellowship is part of ongoing research on the microbial identity and function of poly-phosphate accumulating microorganisms of importance for removal and recovery of phosphate from wastewater in global perspective. Special focus in this project is understanding of their ecophysiology, interactions, ecology, and factors influencing their presence and activity across treatment plants in Europe.

    How to Apply?

    The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button above

    Documents Required

    • 1-2 page Motivation Letter (describing your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project)
    • A curriculum vitae including personal contact information and previous employment. 
    • Copies of Bachelor and Master certificates / diploma, or anticipated date of degree.
    • A full list of scientific publications on which the applicant wishes to rely (if available).
    • Letter(s) of recommendation.
    • Documentation of English skills, e.g. language test, completion of BSc/MSc taught in English.

    In your motivation letter or CV please specify the following:

    1. I agree that I have not resided in Denmark for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.
    1. Yes/No
      1. I confirm I am an early-stage researcher (i.e. in the first four years of research career and do not have a doctoral degree).
    2. Yes/No
      1. I hold a master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or will receive this before appointment date.
    3. Yes/No

    During the application process, statistical information about the genders of applicants will be shared with the coordinating institution (University of Southern Denmark) in order to ensure a balanced recruitment process.

    About Department of Chemistry and Bioscience

    The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience consists of five sections of which three are situated in Aalborg with research and teaching in Biotechnology, Applied Chemistry and Biology & Environmental Science, one in Copenhagen on Sustainable Biotechnology and one in Esbjerg on Chemical Engineering. The position is located within the Section of Biotechnology, Center for Microbial Communities with working place in Aalborg.

    The Center has approx. 40 young scientists working with structure and function of microbial communities, primarily related to environmental biotechnology including phosphate removal and recovery. The Center has state of the art equipment for DNA sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, confocal microscopy and Raman microspectroscopy.


    Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.


    Professor Per Halkjær Nielsen
    Department of Chemistry and Bioscience
    Phone: 4521735089

    Project Manager Jake Reardon

    Ms. Vigdis Skomager-Bohnfeldt
    The Doctoral School at The Faculty of Engineering and Science
    P hone: +45 9940 7408.

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    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday June 1st, 2021 (GMT+9)