PhD Scholarships – Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University

    PhD Scholarships - Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University

    PhD Scholarships in Environmental Sciences, Food Science, Quantitative Genetics and Genomics, at Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

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


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)One or More
    Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences
    Food Science
    Quantitative Genetics and Genomics
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    Contract PeriodNot specified


    Graduate degree in the relevant field

    How to Apply?

    To access the application form, click the relevant field below:

    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 “Biocontrol of plant pathogens using mycoviruses
    • 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.
    • Use this option – > 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 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.
    • Project description (½-4 pages). This document should describe your ideas and research plans for this specific project. If you wish to, 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.

    After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed.

    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/C1 level
    • 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)

    About Graduate School of Technical Sciences

    If you are curious to learn more about the infrastructure of GSTS or Aarhus University in general, this page contains informational sites that will show you more about what goes on behind the scenes. Below are all the relevant links and the menu to the left will help you navigate through the various pages.

    Biocontrol of plant pathogens using mycoviruses   

    The PhD project aims to explore, identify, and test the biocontrol potential of mycoviruses for suppression of Fusarium Head Blight disease (FHB) in wheat. FHB continues to be one of the major problems infecting both seedlings and wheat heads (kernels and spikes). Mycoviruses are widespread in all major taxa of fungi and a large number of mycoviruses are found in the latent stage, where they remain in the fungi for an indefinite time without causing any significant changes to the host phenotype. However, some mycoviruses substantially reduce growth or alter the phenotype of fungi, which is referred to as hypovirulence. Such hypovirulence is expected to significantly reduce the pathogenicity of Fusarium towards wheat and potentially be a mode of biocontrol of FHB. The role of this specific PhD project is to contribute to new knowledge on mycoviruses of Fusarium graminearum and identify candidate mycoviruses that cause hypovirulence with biocontrol potential.

    The project will employ microbiological, high throughput molecular sequencing, chemical, and computational approaches to investigate mycoviruses and their hypovirulences. The PhD candidate will identify the mycoviruses present in F. graminearum using RNA sequencing and contribute to the overall understanding of potential mycoviruses present in Danish wheat fields. Selected mycoviruses and F. graminearum strains will be selected to study fungal-virus interactions via in vitro experiments. The most promising fungal-virus interactions will then be tested in wheat grown in greenhouses to measure FHB disease development and potential biocontrol by mycoviruses. Chemical identification and quantification of mycotoxins and metabolites will be done using LC-MS/MS and LC-based ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry (UHRMS).

    Place of employment and place of work

    The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Department of Environmental Science, Environmental Microbiology and Circular Resource Flow Section, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000-Roskilde, Denmark. In addition, part of the experiment will be also carry out at Department of Agroecology, Flakkebjerg research station, Forsøgsvej 1, 4200-Slagelse, Denmark.

    From muscle cell culture to palatable pork – TastyPorkCells

    Cultured meat is a future way to produce the same nutrients as traditional meat, with severely reduced impact on the environment. For cultured meat to enter the market a good taste is a prerequisite for success.

    This project focuses on development of taste. Lipids will be introduced via reprogramming porcine muscle satellite cells to adipocyte-like cells by activation of the transcription factor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) both as proof of concept and by food grade inducers. Secondly taste is addressed by maturation through controlling physical parameters after muscle tissue engineering i.e. in the processes when muscle turn into meat. This process will be followed by analysing protease activity and profile degradation products in a comparative study with conventional matured meat.

    Place of employment and place of work
    The place of employment is at Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, and the place of work is in Department of Food Science, Agro Food Park 48, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark

    Method development in human statistical genetics

    The PhD will be supervised by Professor Doug Speed, and based at the Department of Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG) at Aarhus University. Dr. Speed’s research involves developing methods for better analysing data from genome-wide association studies, with a particular focus on improving our understanding of human complex traits (e.g., physical traits such as height and BMI, or common diseases such as schizophrenia and epilepsy). Dr. Speed has developed the software LDAK (

    The aim of the PhD is to develop new methods with the following goals: to identify causal loci (i.e., find genetic variant that influence phenotypes); to construct prediction models (be able to predict an individuals phenotypes from their genetic information); or to understand genetic architecture (investigate the biological mechanisms underlying complex traits). These methods will then be applied to large-scale datasets (e.g., 100,000s of individuals from UK Biobank). Please see the LDAK website and the following three references for examples of previous methods:

    MultiBLUP: improved SNP-based prediction for complex traits (2015) PMID: 24963154 44
    Re-evaluation of SNP heritability in complex human traits (2017) PMID: 28530675
    SumHer better estimates the SNP heritability of complex traits (2019) PMID: 30510236

    Place of employment and place of work:
    The PhD will be based in the QGG, which is a major center for research and education in quantitative genetics and quantitative genomics QGG is an international research center with about 70 employees and visiting researchers from over 15 nations. Its members perform research within human genetics, livestock and plant breeding. It has buildings in Foulum, Flakkebjerg and on the main campus in Aarhus center. The PhD candidate is expected to be at the Aarhus Campus.


    Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact 

    Professor Anne Winding
    Phone: +45 30254675

    Scientist Rumakanta Sapkota
    Phone: +45 31406965

    Senior Researcher Lise Nistrup Jørgensen

    Senior Researcher Martin Hansen

    Jette Feveile Young
    Associate professor, section leader
    Aarhus University
    Agro Food Park 48
    DK-8200 Aarhus N
    Mobile: +45 22307518

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