The overall goal of the project is to expand our knowledge about the fundamental biological processes that control production and quality of plant biomass, and to develop new technologies that can expand the use of biomass resources from heat, power and ethanol towards future areas such as chemical components and maritime fuels. The project addresses three interconnected themes: biology, conversion and application, and is carried out jointly between the research groups in plant nutrition, molecular plant breeding, photosynthesis and plant cell walls at the department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, KU-SCIENCE. Other project partners include Forest & Landscape, KU-SCIENCE, Technical University of Denmark, and the industrial partners DONG Energy, Haldor Topsoe A/S, Novozymes, MAN Diesel & Turbo and A.P. Møller Mærsk. The PhD fellows will work closely together with senior staff in the consortium, and will have strong collaborations with each other as well as other PhD students in the area.
-M.Sc. degree in Agronomy, Biology, Biotechnology or other relevant areas -Experiences with techniques in general molecular biology, biochemistry, plant physiology, plant breeding, genetics, bioinformatics or analytical chemistry -Previous publications and proficiency in scientific communication skills -The grade point average achieved -Fluency in spoken and written English -Good interpersonal skills.