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Post-doctoral position: Plant Biophysics and Biomimetics

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

Lyngby-Taarbæk, 1 stilling

A unique research opportunity is available in the research group of Assistant Prof. Kaare H. Jensen at the Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark.

We are offering a post-doctoral research position taking part in the development of new biomimetic systems with a prime focus on elucidating the biophysics of vascular transport in plants.

Photosynthetic green plants feed our planet, and sugars made in leaves are transported through phloem conduits to fill our primary food sources including roots and fruits. A critical step in phloem function - with an enormous impact on humans - is the sugar loading process. Recent major efforts to increase photosynthetic capacity are strongly dependent on our ability to modify this mechanism, because photosynthesis is down-regulated when production exceeds export. Yet our biophysical understanding of how sugars enter the phloem and what controls allocation to specific sinks is rudimentary at best.

The project will be hosted by the section for Biophysics and Fluids at DTU Physics and is part of a 4-year research project funded by the VILLUM Foundation.

Responsibilities and tasks
The post-doctoral project aims at understanding and mimicking the sugar transport strategies used by plants. Through a biomimetic approach involving a combination of experiments and theory, the researcher will ultimately identify the dominant physical mechanisms that influence the efficiency of sugar transport. The goal is to advance our fundamental understanding of sugar transport in plants, and to develop a completely new type of biologically inspired reactor for biofuel production.

The successful candidate will play a key role in maturing biomimetic technology in tight collaboration with biology researchers at Harvard University, Cornell University, UC Davis and Washington State University.

Candidates should have:

-A Master's degree in either physics, engineering, biology, or bio-engineering
-A PhD in Science or in Engineering
-Experience with experimental microscale fluid dynamics and standard experimental techniques (e.g. soft lithography), physical and/or biophysical modeling and fluid mechanics
-Appreciated: Experience with plant biology, bioreactor design, transport processes, miniaturized sensors, and prototyping.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 1 year with the possibility of an extension of up to a total of 3 years. The start data is 1 October 2016.

Workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Assistant Professor Kaare H. Jensen. Email:, phone: +45 2231 5241.

You can read more about the group’s research activities at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 June 2016. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

-Application (cover letter)
-Diploma (an official translation into English)
-List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.