Postdoctoral Position in Geomicrobiology

University of Copenhagen

Postdoctoral position in Geomicrobiology

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 2-year position in Geomicrobiology commencing 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Your job

The aim of this project is to investigate if minerals can serve as unrecognized hotspots for the observed and alarming distribution of antibiotic resistance genes. You will have a central role in the project and be expected to carry out experiments to investigate biofilm formation on a range of mineral surfaces and conduct horizontal gene transfer experiments. Additionally, you will be involved in investigating organic matrices from natural samples using FTIR, Raman, atomic force microscopy and fluorescent staining. For the uptake rate experiments we aim to use natural competent soil bacteria, but experience with gene modifications can be beneficial. It will be expected that you can work independently with microbiology.

Group and research

The group is an interdisciplinary mix of skills and backgrounds. The combined focus of our work is mineral surfaces and interactions with organic matrices in particular DNA, proteins and microbes. The geomicrobiology side of our work are focused on biofilm formation on mineral surfaces and how gene transfer can be facilitated by different mineral surfaces. We also apply atomic force microscopy and infra-red spectroscopy combined with bulk level approaches to quantify dynamics of biofilm/DNA/protein interactions with environmentally relevant minerals. Beside the PI, the group consist of 2 Post docs and 2 PhD students. Collaboration, diversity (in all aspects) and work-life balance are core values in the group. Group statement and more info on our research can be found here:

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Karina Krarup Sand, GLOBE Institute,, Direct Phone: +45 35 32 41 11


We are looking for an enthusiastic and independent scientist and expect them to have the following competencies and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in geomicrobiology or a related field
  • You are highly experienced in fluorescent microscopy and staining techniques
  • You are experienced with atomic force microscopy, Raman and/or FTIR
  • You have an interest in soil/sediment systems
  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
  • Excellent English skills written and spoken.

Desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience with horizontal gene transfer experiments
  • Knowledge of characterizing biofilm formation
  • Experience in communicating their science
  • Knowledge of soil and sediment components.

Place of employment

The place of employment is at GLOBE Institute, Section for GeoGenetics, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. The Sections research facilities include modern laboratories for gene extractions, sequencing and general wet chemistry. The group host a state-of-the-art atomic force microscope and access to fluorescent microscopes and microbiologic lab facilities.

Terms of employment

The employment as postdoc is a full time and fixed-term position for 2 years. Starting date is 1 October or after agreement.

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 34,899 DKK/ approx. 4,653 Euro (April 2021-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Non-Danish and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of December 2019.


For further information please contact Karina Krarup Sand,;

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure

Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

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

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

3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.

4. List of publications.

Application deadline: 23 July 2021, 23.59pm 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. 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.

University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


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: 23-07-2021
Employment start: 01-10-2021
Department/Location: GLOBE Institute