PhD Fellowship Fully Funded in Plant-Microbiome Assembly, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Expires on: 02/27/2024


The Department of Biology, Section of Microbiology invites applicants for a PhD fellowship to study social interactions in the plant root microbiome.Start date is (expected to be) 1 August 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Novel strategies for eco-friendly and sustainable food production seek to explore and exploit the potential of the plant microbiome to promote growth, acquire nutrients, and induce resistance against pests and pathogens.  Yet, we lack a fundamental understanding of the ecological factors controlling the establishment of a beneficial plant microbiome. Hence, we seek to test the ecological and evolutionary role of microbe-microbe interaction in the assembly and maturation of complex plant root microbiomes.

This project investigates the role of microbial interactions as key drivers for microbiome composition and activity, specifically focussing on interspecies cooperation/competition and the resulting priority effects. We work with the overarching hypothesis that microbial communities are composed of collaboromes, rather than independent species, that are characterized by being microscale focal points of interdependent bacteria showing essential microbe-microbe interactions. The emergent properties of these collaboromes present many beneficial consequences for plant growth and health.


We are seeking a highly motivated andambitiousindividual with good interpersonal and communication skills. Highly desired candidates will have a solid theoretical background in plant-microbiome interactions. As well as practical experience with techniques in microbiology and molecular biology. A strong interest in bioinformatics and/or bioimaging is also considered advantageous. 

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Plant Biology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, or similar with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualification emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. The MSc degree must be awarded prior to the employment date.


  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project
  • Relevant publications
  • Relevant work experience
  • Other relevant professional activities
  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in plant-microbiome interactions
  • Good language skills
  • Motivated letter of application (max. one page)
  • Curriculum vitae including information about your education, experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  • Original diplomas for Bachelor of Science or Master of Science and transcript of records in the original language, including an authorized English translation if issued in another language than English or Danish. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor is accepted.
  • Publication list (if possible)
  • Reference letters (if available)

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