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90-day research stay for prospective PhD applicants

Center for Electromicrobiology invites prospective PhD applicants to participate in a 90-day research stay

The Center for Electromicrobiology (CEM) is dedicated to the investigation of cable bacteria – filamentous, sediment-dwelling bacteria that conduct electrons over centimeter-scale distances, linking the oxidation of sulfide in deep aquatic sediment to the reduction of oxygen at the sediment surface. CEM has three broad aims: to identify the molecular basis of this extraordinary ability to transport electrons long-distance, to investigate the physiology of cable bacteria, and to describe the electrical ecosystem arising from interactions between cable bacteria and other microbes. CEM is a Center for Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation through to 2023, with a possible extension to 2027.

Two PhD positions in the pipeline

The Center for Electromicrobiology (CEM) plans to employ two PhD students starting in the fall 2020. The research topics to be addressed by these students will fit within the general aims of CEM described above, but will be more precisely defined based on the students’ input and the state of cable bacteria research at the time of matriculation.

The ideal students will have (or will soon have) a master’s degree with a focus on microbial ecology, microbiology, or biogeochemistry – this might include degrees in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, geosciences, bioinformatics, biotechnology, environmental science, or related fields.

90-day research stay for potential applicants

We are currently inviting potential applicants for these PhD positions to participate in a 90-day research stay at CEM (funded by a so-called “screening grant” from the Aarhus University Graduate School of Science and Technology), to give both the applicants and CEM time to determine whether this PhD is a good fit. The students will carry out a short research project during this time. The topic of the projects will be determined in collaboration with the potential applicants based on their background, interests, and the overall goals of CEM. This research stay will take place in spring 2020, with some flexibility about the exact dates. 

About the screening grant

The grant may cover the student’s living expenses, travel expenses and processing/embassy fees in connection with visa.

The grant can be of max. DKK 40,900 which must be divided as follows:

  • • Living expenses: Max. DKK 8,000 per month
  • • Travel expenses: Max. DKK 15,000
  • • Processing fee (visa): Max. DKK 450
  • • Embassy fee (visa): Max. DKK 1,450

NB! Please note that amounts cannot be allocated from one category to another. For instance, if travel expenses only amounts to DKK 10,000, it will not be possible to use the remaining DKK 5,000 as living expenses.

Application and deadline

Applicants interested in this 90-day research stay should submit a motivational letter, CV and academic transcript for their bachelors and masters degrees to Center Administrator Maria Blach Nielsen on mail mbn@bios.au.dk.

Deadline: 15 December 2019 at 12.00 a.m. Central European Time (CET).

Note that applicants will need to meet English language standards set by the Aarhus University Graduate School of Science and Technology.

- you do not need to submit test results in this initial application, but please include recent test results on your CV if you have them.

More information

If you have any questions, please contact:

Assistant professor Ian Marshall (mail: ianpgm@bios.au.dk)

Professor Andreas Schramm (mail: andreas.schramm@bios.au.dk)