PhD scholarship in Mucosal Immunology

onsdag 21 sep 22

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We are looking for a bright and motivated PhD student in mucosal immunology with documented experience in analysis of human intestinal immune cells, flow cytometry and single cell transcriptional analysis, to join our team within the Mucosal Immunology group at the Section of Experimental and Translational Immunology, DTU HealthTech.

The project will be part of a newly established NovoNordisk Foundation challenge grant-funded ‘Center for Intestinal Immune Regulation (CIIR)’. CIIR comprises of 4 collaborating teams (Agace, DTU; McCoy, Calgary (Canada); Bendtsen, Hvidovre hospital; Ronn-Larsen, DTU) whose combined expertise in mucosal immunology,  gastroenterology, microbiota-host interactions, bioinformatics and state-of-the-art animal models aims to identify intestinal immune-stromal cell interactions important in intestinal homeostasis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will contribute by driving the characterization of human intestinal immune compartments in health and in IBD. In so doing you will work closely with clinicians at nearby hospitals for sample collection as well as bioinformaticians for data analysis.

Types of analysis will include but not be limited to isolation of immune cells from intestinal effector and inductive sites (surgery and biopsy samples), immunohistochemical analysis, in vitro culturing, flow cytometry, single cell RNA-seq, CITE-seq as well as spatial transcriptomics.

You must have prior experience in isolating cells from human intestinal tissues, multicolor flow cytometry and immunohistochemical analysis as well as documented experience and/or courses in the field of immunology and preferably mucosal Immunology. Prior experience in cell sorting, in vitro culture and analysis of scRNA-seq data sets will be seen as a considerable strength in the final judgement of applicants for this position.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.  

Potential candidates will be assessed by William Agace.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. The appointment will start 1 January 2023.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from William Agace ( 

You can read more about DTU Health Tech at  

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 5 October 2022 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • A one page summary documenting experiences/training in the analysis of human intestinal tissues, flow cytometry and handling of scRNA-seq data sets as well as training in the field of immunology/mucosal immunology.

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Health Tech
DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies. The department has a scientific staff of about 175 persons, 130 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons. 

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.