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Department of Environmental Science - Environmental Microbiology and Circular Resource Flow - Faculty: Technical Sciences

Postdoc in Mycoviruses of Soil Fungi, Aarhus University, Campus Roskilde, Denmark

Deadline 3 Nov

Expected start 1 Jan

  • Department of Environmental Science - Environmental Microbiology and Circular Resource Flow Frederiksborgvej 399 4000 Roskilde

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2022 ID: 4504

The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark invites applications for a two-year postdoc position in soil mycoviruses. The position is a part of newly funded Villum Experiment project “Mycoviruses: a hitherto unknown member of the soil food web”. The overall aim of the project is to explore mycoviruses from arable soils, grasslands, and forests, but also to elucidate the abundance and genetic diversity of mycoviruses. The position is to be filled by first January 2021 or as soon as possible.

Description of the position
Soil harbors diverse fungal communities - plant beneficial, saprotrophs as well as plant pathogens. Mycoviruses infect all taxonomic groups of fungi and the knowledge on their biological and ecological effects in soil fungi is limited. The virulence of some pathogenic fungi may be reduced when infected by mycoviruses, while others will enhance the growth and virulence; revealing a range of virus-fungi interaction. The position involves contributing new knowledge on mycoviruses from diverse soil fungal communities and to which extend it contributes to overall soil function. The project will use high-throughput nucleic acid sequencing of soil mycoviruses communities to investigate their genetic diversity and functions linking them to co-variations with their potential fungal hosts. The research project will include bioinformatics, as well as field and laboratory experiments.

More specifically, the selected candidate is expected to:
  • Develop and consolidate the research area of mycoviruses and virus-fungi interactions in soil.
  • Contribute to ongoing research projects in environmental microbiology and environmental DNA (eDNA) with special reference to the soil microbiome.
  • Participate in international and interdisciplinary research and publish and disseminate results to academia and the public.
  • Actively contribute to the attraction of external funding together with the senior staff.
The successful candidate is expected to actively pursue the publication of results in the scientific literature and their presentations at relevant conferences. As part of a team, the postdoctoral researcher will collaborate closely with other members of the team and contribute to the overall progress in the team’s research. He/She may be involved in the supervision of students or guest researchers.

The candidate should have:
  • A PhD degree or equivalent in the field of environmental microbiology, virology or microbial molecular genetics, showing evidence of a strong and ambitious research-oriented profile and an emerging publication record within molecular ecology and microbial molecular genetics.
  • Experience with analysis of DNA and RNA, both at the molecular level including Next Generation Sequencing of metagenome, transcriptomes, amplicon sequencing, bioinformatics and statistical analysis is desired.
  • Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • The candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary academic environment.
The Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Technical Sciences at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from physics, chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. Both basic and applied research is conducted on some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and bioremediation, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services, climate change, and energy systems. Science-based policy advice within these areas is offered to ministries and other stakeholders.

Currently, about 150 staff and PhD-students are working at the Department. Further information can be found at https://envs.au.dk/en/.

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Section of Environmental Microbiology and Circular Resource Flow and shall contribute to the section's scientific environment. The section conducts research and science-based policy advice targeted towards the understanding of the fate and role of microorganisms in ecosystems and interactions between bacteria, virus, fungi, protozoa and microeukaryotes in glacial, terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric environments and in mammal guts. Expertise within the section includes:
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Microbial Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Glacial Microbiology
  • Microbiology in air, soil, ice, rhizosphere, and animal gut
  • Microbial and microeukaryotic genetics and diversity
  • Microbial and protist ecology
  • Bacteriophages
  • eDNA analysis and use in environmental monitoring
  • Antibiotic resistance and pathogenicity
  • Biodegradation of persistent organic pollutants
The institute is located at Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark.

Further information
For further information contact Researcher Rumakanta Sapkota (rs@envs.au.dk) or Professor Anne Winding (aw@envs.au.dk).

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in ques-tion before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

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Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Questions about the position?

Rumakanta Sapkota

Rumakanta Sapkota Researcher, Department of Environmental Science - Environmental Microbiology and Circular Resource Flow rs@envs.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre - Nat-Tech HR +4522289714 emply.st.hr@au.dk


Deadline: Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 at 23:59 CET