2 PhD positions with scholarship in Comparative microbial genomics, Phylogeny and Antimicrobial resistance

    2 PhD positions with scholarship in Comparative microbial genomics, Phylogeny and Antimicrobial resistance

    2 PhD positions with scholarship positions in large scale comparative microbial genomics, phylogeny and antimicrobial resistance, in the Genomic Epidemiology Research Group, National Food Institute (DTU Food), Technical University of Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 11, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)2
    Research Area– Comparative microbial genomics
    – Phylogeny
    – Antimicrobial resistance
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceGenomic Epidemiology Research Group
    National Food Institute (DTU Food)
    Technical University of Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateNot mentioned


    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.


    Position 1

    Your main responsibility will be to perform comparative genomic analyses of the exact genomic location of antimicrobial resistance genes (gene synteny) and determine this across reservoirs and both single isolates and metagenomics datasets.

    Position 2

    Your main responsibility will be to integrate single isolates and metagenomics assembled isolates into large-scale phylogenies and analyze this in comparison to reservoirs, origin and occurrence of important genes including AMR.

    For both positions:

    • You will accomplish this using different bioinformatics tools and machine learning to determine association between AMR-genes in metagenomics datasets.
    • You will communicate research results by presenting data at project meetings and international conferences, and write reports and manuscripts for publication.
    • The day-to-day work will be performed in close collaboration with other researchers in the Genomic Epidemiology group and with national and international partners associated with the global sewage project. Collaboration includes active participation in national and international meetings and conferences, sharing of data and results, contribution to joint publications.

    How to Apply?

    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

    Documents Required

    • 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)

    About the project

    The Genomic Epidemiology Research Group, has as the primary task is to conduct targeted research with the aim of predicting and preventing infectious diseases in humans and animals, and supporting global detection, surveillance and control, with a specific focus on AMR. The research group combines expertise in conventional and molecular microbiology with epidemiology and bioinformatics and act as EU and WHO reference center for AMR.

    The Genomic Epidemiology Research Group is together with several partners worldwide and mainly funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation working on establishing and improving global surveillance of AMR. This is based on large scale analyses and comparison of NGS data from single isolates and metagenomic datasets.


    • 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
    •  If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.


    Professor Frank Møller Aarestrup
    Email: fmaa@food.dtu.dk
    Phone: +45 51157481.

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    Two PhD scholarships in large scale comparative microbial genomics, phylogeny and antimicrobial resistance

    Post expires at 8:59am on Saturday June 12th, 2021 (GMT+9)