Genetics and Molecular Biology PhD programs – 2 PhD Scholarships at Aarhus University, Denmark

    Genetics and Molecular Biology PhD programs - 2 PhD Scholarships at Aarhus University, Denmark

    2 PhD Scholarships in Mammalian nuclear RNA, Genetics, at Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Graduate School of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark (Molecular Biology PhD Programs)


    Deadline to Apply

    May 01, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    Overview

    PositionPhD Scholarships
    No. of Position(s)2
    Research Area– Mammalian nuclear RNA
    – Genetics
    ScholarshipAccording to Standard Norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Aarhus University, C.F. Møllers Alle 3, Bldg. 1130
    DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
    Contract PeriodNot specified

    Projects

    Mammalian nuclear RNA turnover systems

    Understanding plant-microbe co-adaptation through integrative data analysis  

    How to Apply?

    To access the application form, click the apply now link above

    Fill in the following information

    • Personal information
    • Academic background
    • Admission
    • Financing (if any)
    • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the above-mentioned project you interested
      • for example “Mammalian nuclear RNA turnover systems
    • Source (how you found out about the call)
      • Please mention that “nViews Career”

    Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

    Documents Required

    • One reference (template for references)
    • Curriculum vitae,
    • Motivation (max. 1 page)
    • Transcripts, grade point averages (weighted and unweighted), and diploma(s) for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. If the original documents are not in English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) then copies of the original documents as well as a certified English translation must be attached.
    • Project description (½-4 pages). For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. When – as here – you apply for a specific project, please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application. If you wish to, you can add to this description and you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
    • Documentation of language skills if required.

    Documentation of language skills

    The English language requirement at the graduate school is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).

    English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” are documented by one of the following tests:

    • TOEFL test (internet-based), minimum score: 83. The graduate school does not accept the paper-based test, nor the TOEFL ITP test. Remember to ask the test center to send your test results to Aarhus University in order to enable verification of your test results. Aarhus University’s TOEFL code is 8935.
      Currently, the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test (available in selected areas) will also be accepted.
    • IELTS (academic) test, minimum average score: 6.5 points
    • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
      Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
      Cambridge English: Certificate of Advanced English with grade A,B or C (CAE)
      Cambridge English: First Certificate with grade A (FCE)

    When to take the test and how to upload the documentation:
    The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.

    The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.

    Note

    • Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.
    • If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.
    • All information in the application must be in English or Danish, preferably English. A certified English translation is required for documents written in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) languages.
    • As a minimum all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, no zip):
    • Check out more details at the project advertisement (Molecular Biology and Genetics PhD Programs)

    Mammalian nuclear RNA turnover systems

    Qualifications and specific competences

    Applicants to the PhD position must have a relevant Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and/or cell biology.

    Research area and project description

    We are looking for a candidate with an interest in the biogenesis and turnover of nuclear RNA and its relationship to gene expression regulation in mouse embryonic stem cells and/or human cells. The candidate will be investigating nuclear RNA decay complexes, their physical interactions with other nuclear protein complexes and the functional consequences. The Jensen laboratory consists of a dynamic mix of experimental and computational biologists aiming to examine the production, turnover and possible functional impact of eukaryotic transcriptomes.

    Contacts:

    Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:

    Professor Torben Heick Jensen
    Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
    Aarhus University, C.F. Møllers Alle, Bldg. 1130
    DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
    Tel.: +45 6020 2705
    Email thj@mbg.au.dk


    Understanding plant-microbe co-adaptation through integrative data analysis

    Qualifications and specific competences

    We are looking for a candidate that is able to solve problems independently, has good collaborative skills, and enjoys working at the interface between biology and data science. Experience with programming and statistical analysis using Python, R or similar languages is required, as are good communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English. Experience with RNA-seq and microbiome data analysis is an advantage. Aarhus University offers both 4+4 and 5+3 PhD study models (https://phd.au.dk/phd-fellowships-and-scholarships/). 4+4 candidates that do not yet have a Master’s degree, but can demonstrate a strong academic track record during their bachelor and first year Master’s studies are preferred.

    Research area and project description

    The project is supervised by associate professor Stig U. Andersen. His group studies natural variation in plants and microbes and has developed extensive genetic and genomic resources for the model legume Lotus japonicus. These include a sequenced panel of natural accessions and a large insertion mutant resource (https://lotus.au.dk).

    The aim of the PhD project is to project is to exploit Lotus japonicus natural variation to identify plant genetic components that are required for adaptation to the local microbiota and for shaping the plant microbiome. You will use network analysis, modeling and machine learning to integrate large quantities of plant RNA-seq and genotype data with microbiome profiles to identify candidate genes, which will be validated using plant mutants.

    For examples of work on natural variation and Lotus japonicus resources, please see:

    • Extreme genetic signatures of local adaptation during Lotus japonicus colonization of Japan (2020). PMID: 31937774. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-14213-y
    • Symbiosis genes show a unique pattern of introgression and selection within a Rhizobium leguminosarum species complex (2020). PMID: 32176601. DOI: 10.1099/mgen.0.000351
    • The LORE1 insertion mutant resource (2016). PMID: 27322352. DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13243

    The activities are part of the InRoot project supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation (https://mbg.au.dk/en/research/research-centres/inroot/). InRoot is dedicated to deciphering the molecular mechanisms and dynamics of plant-microbe interactions at the root–soil interface.

    Contacts:

    Associate professor Stig U. Andersen
    E-mail: sua@mbg.au.dk

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