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Postdoctoral Researcher in Electromicrobiology or Redox Biochemistry

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

 

The Biochemistry group develops energy-relevant biochemical transformations, in particular the interconversion of electricity to fuels. For a project funded by the Academy of Finland, we are looking for a

 

Postdoctoral Researcher with strong knowledge in Electrochemistry and its application in Biological systems (Electromicrobiology, Bioelectric systems, Redox biochemistry)

The goal is to study the reversible interconversion of methane to CO2 and single electrons and to cultivated methanogens and methanotrophs on electrodes.  

The project involves direct electron transfer via multi-heme cytochromes to reversibly interconvert alkanes to electricity, a process that mimics the anode of a methane fuel cell at cold temperatures. It is a joint project with an expert in genetics of methanogens.

Research is carried out at our excellent facilities at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering (http://www.bioeconomyinfra.fi/). The laboratories are situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi (short metro-ride from Helsinki) within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.

Job description

The project may be adjusted according to the talents and preferences of the applicants. Most experiments will be performed in anaerobic chambers or custom-made vessels. It involves growth of genetically modified methanogens or methanotrophs on electrodes in custom-made systems. Possible tasks areas are:

  • Cultivation of methanogens or methanotrophs in bioelectric systems
  • Design of electrode and cultivation systems
  • Development/synthesis of soluble electron donors and acceptors
  • Understanding of redox-biochemistry and regulation in methanogens

Qualification

  • PhD in a suitable field, such as Electromicrobiology, Electrochemistry, Microbial physiology, Biophysics or Redox biochemistry
  • Be highly committed to science and strive for excellence
  • Develop own smart ideas and think independently
  • Be able to focus on solving tough scientific problems
  • Have good written and oral communication skills in English

Skills, knowledge or interest in some of the following areas are highly appreciated:

  • Microbial physiology and regulation
  • Electro(bio)chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic chemistry for synthesis of redox active compounds

We offer

  • High-end laboratory infrastructure and friendly colleagues
  • Opportunity to work in a newly established research group
  • Freedom to bring in own ideas
  • Funding for 2 years

For more information

For additional scientific information, please contact Prof. Silvan Scheller, in matters related to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Sanni Mero, emails: [email protected].

How to apply (deadline March 31st  2020)

Follow the instructions below, submit only pdf files:

  • Cover letter (start as follows: “I am interested in this position because… “)
  • CV, incl. list of publications
  • Research interest description (focus on future research, mention tasks you are particularly interested to perform)
  • Names and contact details of references

All materials should be provided in English as pdf documents via the link below.

University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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