Several PhD Fellowships in Exolife Science – Scholarships Chemistry, Biology, Physics

    Several PhD Fellowships in Exolife Science - Scholarships Chemistry, Biology, Physics

    The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Department of Biology, at University of Copenhagen is offering multiple PhD fellowships (with scholarships) in Exolife Science understood as the overlap field between biology, physics, chemistry and astronomy, in the synergy project titled as “Effects of bacteria on atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and exoplanets”

    1. Project 1: “Activity of microorganisms under extreme conditions”
    2. Project 2: “Spectra of exoplanet bio signature molecules”
    3. Project 3: “Cloud formation and cloud properties on Earth and in exoplanets”
    4. Project 4: “Micro-biological influence on atmospheric dynamics”

    Deadline

    Apr 15, 2021 23:59 (GMT +2)


    Application procedure

    The application, in English, must be submitted electronically

    • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
    • CV
    • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
    • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any
    • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
    • 1-3 reference letters (if any)

    Please mention that which project you are applying for

    Formal requirements

    Applicants should hold a MSc degree in astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, or a related field appropriate for 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) and relevant work experience.

    Job description

    The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD fellow at SCIENCE are:

    • To manage and carry through your research project 
    • Attend PhD courses
    • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
    • Teach and disseminate your research
    • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
    • Work for the department

    Salary and terms of employment

    • 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 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

    Activity of microorganisms under extreme conditions

    The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD fellow with scholarship in Exolife science, understood as the overlap field between biology, physics, chemistry and astronomy, commencing the 15th of August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    The main goal of the project is to investigate the survival and activity of microorganisms under extreme conditions e.g. simulating Mars. This will be based on cold-active and xerotolerant bacteria, archaea and fungi isolated from extreme environments on Earth. Selected microorganisms will be genome sequenced to characterize their genetic potential and transcriptomic studies will be used to characterize their responses to e.g. Martian challenges. The project includes studies on how microorganisms may affect atmospheric composition and how microbial activity may be traced as potential biosignatures of life on exoplanets.

    Principal supervisor is Professor Anders Priemé, Department of Biology, email: aprieme@bio.ku.dk, direct phone: (+45) 51827033

    Co-supervisors: Associate professor Jan O. M. Härter, Niels Bohr Institute, email: haerter@nbi.ku.dk, direct phone: (+45) 60748750, and Henrik Grum Kjærgaard, Department of Chemistry, e-mail: hgk@chem.ku.dk, direct phone: (+45) 35320334.


    Spectra of exoplanet bio signature molecules

    The Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD fellow with scholarship in Exolife Science, understood as the overlap field between chemistry, astronomy, physics and biology, commencing the 15th of August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    The main goal of this project is to measure vibrational and electronic spectra of compounds produced by the bacteria and archaea in the test chamber and other relevant bio signature molecules. Spectra will also be calculated based on methods we have developed and continue to develop for molecules we suspect are plausible in exoplanetary atmospheres, but where experimental spectra might not be possible. Theoretical chemistry will be used to investigate photolysis and chemical reactions of the molecules that could be potential bio signatures of life on exoplanets.

    Principal supervisor is Professor Henrik Grum Kjærgaard, Department of Chemistry, e-mail: hgk@chem.ku.dk, direct phone: (+45) 35320334.

    Co-supervisor: Professor Uffe Gråe Jørgensen, Niels Bohr Institute, email: uffegj@nbi.dk, direct phone: (+45) 61 30 66 40.


    Cloud formation and cloud properties on Earth and in exoplanets

    The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD fellow with scholarship in Exolife Science, understood as the overlap field between astronomy, physics, biology and chemistry, commencing the 15 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    The main goal of this project is to develop realistic self-consistent numerical models of atmospheric structure with cloud formation, and compute emergent synthetic spectra that can be compared to observed exoplanet spectra, in order to quantify potential signatures of life in the spectra. The project includes studies of how microbiology potentially affects the formation of clouds and how this can be traced in spectra of exoplanets as a potential biosignature.
     

    Principal supervisor is Professor Uffe Gråe Jørgensen, Niels Bohr Institute, email: uffegj@nbi.dk, direct phone: (+45) 61 30 66 40.

    Co-supervisor: Associate professor Jan O. M. Härter, Niels Bohr Institute, email:haerter@nbi.ku.dk, direct phone: (+45) 60748750.


    Micro-biological influence on atmospheric dynamics

    The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD fellow with scholarship in Exolife Science, understood as the overlap field between physics, biology, astronomy and chemistry, commencing the 15 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    Aerosols, which can be microbial organisms, crucially influence planetary albedo and precipitation through changes to cloud properties. Microbial aerosols may even influence cloud formation in ways to improve local conditions – constituting an evolutionary life-climate feedback. In this PhD project, such life-climate interactions will be explored with simulations and theoretical models. We will simulate the effects of microbes spreading in space, interact, and thus evolve. We explore, which planetary atmospheres promote the emergence of life.

    Principal supervisor isAssociate professor Jan O. M. Härter, Niels Bohr Institute, email:haerter@nbi.ku.dk, direct phone: (+45) 60748750.

    Co-supervisor: Professor Anders Priemé, Department of Biology, email: aprieme@bio.ku.dk, direct phone: (+45) 51827033.


    About Centre for ExoLife Sciences (CELS)

    The project is part of a total of 6 new positions supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation under the Synergy project “Effects of bacteria on atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and exoplanets”, which involve staff at University of Copenhagen from the Niels Bohr Institute, the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biology. The candidates will work as a team with the common goal of deepening our understanding of the global interactions of life with its surroundings in terrestrial and extraterrestrial environments.

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