PhD fellowship in Ruminant Methane Emission and Microbiome Dynamics

University of Copenhagen, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences


PhD fellowship in RUMINANT METHANE EMISSION AND MICROBIOME DYNAMICS at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences


We are offering a PhD fellowship in ruminant methane emission and micro biome dynamics commencing 15 December 2019 or as soon as possible hereafter.


Our group and research

The cattle group consists of an associate professor, two assistant professors and 3 PhD students. We have a large interest in and focus on sustainable ruminant nutrition reduce methane emissions and increase productivity. We work together with a large dairy herd with robotic milking. This herd includes 4 rumen cannulated cows as well as gas composition measuring devices. Our labs methods include in-vitro gas production, gas chromatography for fatty acids and gases, as well as a PCR lab and standard proximate analyses. We are presently involved in several projects in collaboration with industries and other Universities to test the effect of feeds and additives on methane emissions from rumination.


Project description

The project will investigate the effect of animal genetics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, feeds or additives on methane emission related to microbiome dynamics in dairy cattle.

Principal supervisor is Hanne H. Hansen, associate professor.

Start:                  15 December 2019

Duration:          3 years as a PhD student


Job description
Your key tasks as a PhD student at SUND are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision 

  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points

  • Participate in active research environments including a stay at another research team

  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project

  • Teach and disseminate your knowledge

  • Write a PhD thesis on the grounds of your project

Key criteria for the assessment of applicants
Applicants must have qualifications corresponding to a master’s degree related to the subject area of the project e.g. animal science, with a strong emphasis on animal genetics and breeding


Other important criteria are:

  • Achieved grade point average

  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD project including:Previous publications

    • Experience with IVGPT will be highly prioritized
    • Experience with statistical programming and mathematical modeling in R will be highly prioritized
  • Relevant work experience

  • Good team building skills

  • Other professional activities

  • Previous teaching experience

  • Curious mind-set with a strong interest in animal genetics, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics of the microbiome, ruminant methane emission measurement and in-vivo and in-vitro experimentation

  • Language skills


Place of employment

The place of employment is at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Science, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment.


Terms of employment

The employment as PhD fellow is full time and for 3 years.


It is conditioned upon the applicant’s success­ful enrolment as a PhD student at the Graduate School at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This requires submission and acceptance of an application for the specific project formulated by the applicant.


The PhD study must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD programme (2013) and the Faculty’s rules on achieving the degree. Salary, pension and terms of employment are in accordance with the agree­ment between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. Depending on seniority, the monthly salary begins around 26.755 DKK /approx. 3.567 EUR (April 2018-level) plus pension.


For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.


General information about PhD study at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is available at the Graduate School’s website:


Application procedure
Your application must be submitted electronically by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. The application must include the following documents in PDF format: 

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

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

  3. Master of Science diploma and transcript of records. If not completed, a certified/signed copy of a recent transcript of records or a written statement from the institution or supervisor will do

  4. Publication list (if possible)

Application deadline:  1 November 2019, 23.59 pm CET


We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.


The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor.


The assessor makes a non-prioritized assessment of the academic qualifications and experience with respect to the above-mentioned area of research, techniques, skills and other requirements listed in the advertisement.


Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.


You can read about the recruitment process at


The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.


Interviews are expected to be held in week  46.


The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences comprises approximately 7500 students, 1500 PhD students and 3200 employees. The Faculty advances the field of health sciences through its core activities: research, teaching, knowledge sharing and communication. With basic research fields ranging from molecular studies to studies of society, the Faculty contributes to a healthy future through its graduates, research findings and inventions benefitting patients and the community. The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding community and invites all regardless of personal background to apply for the position. 

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