PhD scholarship in dispersal and selection of antimicrobial resistance

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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 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 center 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 and understanding factors leading to increased occurrence of AMR. One important observation is that AMR is not one-to-one associated to antimicrobial use, but that other factors related to transmission, e.g., biotic stresses, are also highly important.


For this the Research group seeks a candidate for a vacant PhD position combing laboratory and animal experiments, with metagenomic analyses and mathematical modeling.


Responsibilities and tasks

  • Your main responsibility will be to plan and execute laboratory and animal experiments where we can study the relative importance of selection and bottleneck effect by the use of antimicrobial agents on bacterial communities. As well as their transmission between microbiomes and develop model based on both theory and the experimental data obtained.
  • You will accomplish this by developing theoretical mathematical models, that you test in in vivo/vitro experiments. Thus experience in animal rearing and/or bacterial culturing is an advantage.
  • You will have to combine laboratory skills, with metagenomics, bioinformatics and modeling.
  • 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. Collaboration includes active participation in national and international meetings and conferences, sharing of data and results, contribution to joint publications.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in epidemiology or bioinformatics, preferably with experience from laboratory experiments, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. Preferably, you have experience with sequencing analysis and molecular biology.


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.


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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.


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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Professor Frank M. Aarestrup,, tel.: +45 3588 6281.


You can read more about the Genomic Epidemiology Research Group at 


Please submit your online application no later than 4 June 2020 (23:59 local time).


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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