Postdoctoral position in Geomicrobiology, Denmark

    Postdoctoral position in Geomicrobiology, Denmark

    Postdoctoral position in Geomicrobiology, GLOBE Institute, Section for GeoGenetics, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    July 23, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoctoral position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaGeomicrobiology
    Salary34,899 DKK / Month
    WorkplaceGLOBE Institute
    Section for GeoGenetics
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    University of Copenhagen
    Contract Period2 Years
    Starting dateOct 01, 2021


    • You have a PhD in geomicrobiology or a related field
    • You are highly experienced in fluorescent microscopy and staining techniques
    • You are experienced with atomic force microscopy, Raman and/or FTIR
    • You have an interest in soil/sediment systems
    • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
    • Excellent English skills written and spoken.


    • Experience with horizontal gene transfer experiments
    • Knowledge of characterizing biofilm formation
    • Experience in communicating their science
    • Knowledge of soil and sediment components.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The aim of this project is to investigate if minerals can serve as unrecognized hotspots for the observed and alarming distribution of antibiotic resistance genes. You will have a central role in the project and be expected to carry out experiments to investigate biofilm formation on a range of mineral surfaces and conduct horizontal gene transfer experiments. Additionally, you will be involved in investigating organic matrices from natural samples using FTIR, Raman, atomic force microscopy and fluorescent staining. For the uptake rate experiments we aim to use natural competent soil bacteria, but experience with gene modifications can be beneficial. It will be expected that you can work independently with microbiology.

    How to Apply?

    Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ above. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format

    Documents Required

    1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page).

    2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.

    3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

    4. List of publications.

    About the Department

    The group is an interdisciplinary mix of skills and backgrounds. The combined focus of our work is mineral surfaces and interactions with organic matrices in particular DNA, proteins and microbes. The geomicrobiology side of our work are focused on biofilm formation on mineral surfaces and how gene transfer can be facilitated by different mineral surfaces. We also apply atomic force microscopy and infra-red spectroscopy combined with bulk level approaches to quantify dynamics of biofilm/DNA/protein interactions with environmentally relevant minerals. Beside the PI, the group consist of 2 Post docs and 2 PhD students. Collaboration, diversity (in all aspects) and work-life balance are core values in the group. Group statement and more info on our research can be found here:


    Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,899 DKK/ approx. 4,653 Euro (April 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

    Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).


    Associate Professor Karina Krarup Sand,GLOBE Institute
    Direct Phone: +45 35 32 41 11

    Official advertisement

    Postdoctoral position in Geomicrobiology

    Post expires at 8:59am on Saturday July 24th, 2021 (GMT+9)