Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

PhD Scholarship in Antimicrobial Resistance

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

Global emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are among the biggest challenges for human and animal health.

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 centre 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 mainly based on metagenomics analyses of sewage, but there is a need to link these data to data on AMR-genes from single isolates from clinical and other sources.

For this the Research group seeks a candidate for a vacant PhD position in bioinformatics analyses of epidemiology of AMR.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Your main responsibility will be to analyze the occurrence and genetic location of AMR genes in single bacterial isolates obtained from public databases and de novo generated data.
  • You will accomplish this using different bioinformatics tools to generate a global overview of AMR-genes in bacterial isolates as well as their genetic location.
  • 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.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) in bioinformatics or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
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. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Frank M. Aarestrup, fmaa@food.dtu.dk, +45 3588 6281.

You can read more about the Genomic Epidemiology Research Group at http://www.food.dtu.dk/english/Research/Genomic-Epidemiology

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 29 May 2019 (local time).

Apply at www.career.dtu.dk

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. 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. The file must include:

  • 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)


Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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