PhD scholarship in algal toxins and their effects on and accumulation in fish and shellfish

[Denmark] A PhD scholarship is available from September 1, 2015 (or shortly thereafter) at the Marine Biological Section, Department of Biology University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. The Marine Biological Section is an international research group with 85 students and employees, and located inboth Copenhagen and in Helsingør. You will be located in Helsingør.

The project will be carried out in cooperation between University of Copenhagen, DTU System Biology, and São Paulo University, Brazil, where all 3 universities will employee one or several PhD students. The student will have his/her external stay at São Paulo University. For more information please visit: (copy the address to the search line)


Project area

The PhD project is part of the project SAFEFISH (, which is a large collaboration project, investigating different aspects of harmful algae, and in particular accumulation of toxins in fish and shellfish. One major aim of the project is to identify new algal toxins associated algal blooms under warmer conditions. Metabolomics analysis of different harmful marine planktonic algae using high resolution mass spectrometry for taxonomic comparisons and screening of algae toxins will be part of the project. The project will be performed in close collaboration with a natural product chemist biologist at DTU System Biology, who will employ another PhD student.


The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree (MSc) in Biology with special focus on marine algal toxins, and their effects and accumulation in fish and shellfish. Candidates obtaining their MSc degree before the start date of the project will be considered. Candidates with the following scientific background/qualifications will be preferred for the position:

  • M.Sc in Biology
  • Practical experience with culturing of marine algae in large scale
  • Practical experience with experimental work on toxic algae, and their effects on fish and mussels
  • Good communication skills (oral and writing)
  • Good collaboration and communication skills (written and oral English)
  • Structured and analytical working approach
  • Able to engage in teamwork within the groups and our collaborators


Applicants are requested to submit their application electronically by using the link below including:

  • A letter of motivation for the application with statement of research interests (max 1 page)
  • A curriculum vitae (max 2 pages)
  • List of publications
  • Copy of Bachelor and Masters Diplomas and transcripts – other relevant certificates, including grades
  • A short abstract of the M.Sc. thesis or equivalent
  • Contact details of at least two persons for references


An assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns her/him. The final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee. The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant. The successful candidate will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. Information about the PhD program at the Faculty of Science can be found at (copy the address to the search line)

Terms of salary and employment

Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations (AC). The starting annual salary for candidates with an MSc degree will be a minimum of DKK 306,667 (April 2015 level) plus pension contribution with the possibility of salary negotiation.

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

The deadline for applications is August 2, 2015.

Applications received after the deadline, or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements, may not be considered. It is expected that the successful candidate will be enrolled at the PhD School of Science no later than October 1st, 2015.

For further information please contact Prof. Per Juel Hansen: [email protected] **Please do not post your application to this address**

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