PhD in Biological management of potato tuber blemish diseases: Applicants are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Agroecology programme. The position is available from 1 September 2023 or later. Title: PhD in Biological management of potato tuber blemish diseases

Research area and project description: In the project entitled “Sustainability and resilience in organic potato production” (SROPP), we seek a highly motivated PhD student to study biological management of potato tuber blemish diseases with special focus on the interaction between potato plant pathogens and antagonists.

The overall goal with the SROPP project is to acquire novel knowledge necessary to optimize the efficacy of biological control agents in organic potato production systems, and to use this knowledge to develop innovative disease control tools and integrate them into management strategies that will enable the sustainable management of late blight and tuber blemish diseases (TBD) in organic potato production.

The PhD project will (1) study and create a knowledge foundation for the identification and exploitation of biocontrol agents (BCA) to control TBD in organic potato varieties and to ascertain the factors that influence their efficacy, and (2) develop methods for assessing the resistance of organic potato plant varieties to TBD. The project will have special focus on black dot (Colletotrichum coccodes) and silver scurf (Helminthosporium solani) diseases in potatoes.

As PhD. Student at Department of Agroecology you will meet a workplace characterized by professionalism and equality and you will be offered competent supervision, well-developed research infrastructure and modern laboratories. Our research climate encourage lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research.

You will join the SROPP project team with an exciting interdisciplinary research environment and industrial collaborators. Project description (½-4 pages). This document should describe your ideas and research plans for this specific project. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found.

Qualifications and specific competences:

The successful candidate has a Master’s degree in agrobiology or biology preferably with specialization in plant-microbe interactions, and basic knowledge of and skills for field sampling and laboratory work with microbial soil analyses. Good communication skills and an interest in working in an interdisciplinary research group is expected.

  • Experience with studies of microorganisms in plants/soil
  • Good laboratory skills and interest in field work
  • Experience with plant pathology
  • Understanding principles of biological management of plant diseases
  • Motivation for academic writing
  • Experience or interest in methods for studying plant-microbial interactions
  • Ability to work independently

Place of employment and place of work: The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work is Department of Agroecology, Research Centre Flakkebjerg, Forsøgsvej 1, 4200 Slagelse, Denmark.


Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:

How to apply:

Please follow this link to submit your application. Application deadline is 15 June 2023 at 23:59 . Preferred starting date is 1 September 2023.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • Shortlisting will be used, which means that the evaluation committee only will evaluate the most relevant applications.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Salary and terms of employment are in accordance with applicable collective agreement.   

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