Post Doc in Archaeal Viruses

University of Copenhagen Department of Food Science


Postdoc within Archaeal viruses

Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen, is recognized for excellence in food research, food science education, and industry collaboration. It covers all disciplines of food science from raw materials to processing and consumption, and is organized in four sections, one of which is the section for “Food Microbiology and Fermentation”, where the position is placed. Gut microbiome research is a strong focus area and during the last 5 years the viruses residing in the gastrointestinal tract (bacteriophages as well as archaeal and eukaryotic viruses) and their interactions with their microbiological hosts as well as the mammalian host has become a particular research focus. Further information about the Department can be found at . 

The postdoc’s duties will include research within archaeal viruses and their interactions with their archaeal hosts as well as teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

Project description

Methane (CH4) is a powerful greenhouse gas produced in ruminants via methanogensis (CO2 + 4 H2 → CH4 + 2 H2O), a form of anaerobic respiration only known to be conducted by methanogenic archaea, mainly Methanobrevibacter. This archaea is highly abundant in high methane emitting cows and a major methane-producer. The post doc project aim to develop and use archaeal viruses to reduce ruminant Archaea abundance thereby reducing methane production.

The position is open from 1st December 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Preferred qualifications

The preferred candidate holds a PhD within microbiology or related research fields. The project will contain substantial wet-lab work. It is therefore expected that the candidate has strong wet-lab experience. Furthermore, it is expected that the candidate has strong qualifications within several of the following areas:

  • Molecular biology
  • CRISPR-Cas systems
  • Archaea
  • Archaeal viruses
  • Virome characterization of complex environments

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
The starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is  Sunday 1 November 2020, 23:59 GMT +1.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.
You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews will be held 2nd week of November 2020. 


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 01-11-2020
Employment start: 01-12-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Food Science
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