Vacancy: Master's thesis in environmental DNA as a tool for monitoring marine biodiversity – University of Copenhagen

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13 June 2017

Vacancy: Master's thesis in environmental DNA as a tool for monitoring marine biodiversity


With marine biodiversity declining globally, efficient and standardized monitoring of ecosystems allowing timely and appropriate management decisions is essential. Analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) from water samples offers a non-invasive tool for monitoring aquatic life, and is an approach that has only recently begun to be applied in the marine environment.

Illustration: Kelly Lance).

We are currently applying eDNA from seawater samples to investigate marine biodiversity in the Persian Gulf, and are looking for a master’s student interested in being a part of this work, as well as one or more smaller projects aimed at further developing the eDNA approach.

We are looking for a student with:

  • A keen interest in the use of modern molecular tools to study biodiversity
  • Some experience with genetic laboratory work, including DNA extraction and PCR 

You will learn to:

  • Design and carry out metabarcoding experiments on environmental samples from field to laboratory to data analyses
  • Analyze high-throughput sequencing data from metabarcoding
  • Use public databases such as GenBank to e.g. test PCR assays in silico and share sequence data
  • Write scientific papers


This master's thesis will be supervised by PhD researcher Eva Egelyng Sigsgaard from the Sectionfor EvoGenomics and Assistant Prof. Philip Francis Thomsen from the Centre for GeoGenetics, both from the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen.


For more information, please send an email with your CV and a short motivational letter to:

Eva Egelyng Sigsgaard ( 20944266)

Philip Francis Thomsen (; +45 27142046)