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Postdoctoral Researcher in Metabolic Engineering / Genetics

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 has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Biochemistry group (https://www.aalto.fi/en/department-of-bioproducts-and-biosystems/biochemistry) develops metabolic pathways in methanogens for the sustainable utilization of raw materials and production of fuels. We are looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher in Metabolic Engineering / Genetics

Research description

Methanogens are attractive microbes for methane (biogas) production, but their substrate spectrum is restricted to simple carbons (e.g. methanol, acetate, CO2, etc.). The goal of the project is to make methanogens capable of using non-native substrates as the sole carbon source. The postdoc position is focused on designing strategies to engineer the primary metabolism of methanogens, for which we already have genetic tools available. The expected outcome is a contribution to fundamental science, but also a potential application for the sustainable utilization of raw materials.

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 (https://www.aalto.fi/en/department-of-bioproducts-and-biosystems). The first year of research will entail working on an ongoing project. In parallel, the postdoc is expected to develop own projects and apply for continuing funding.

Your experience and ambitions

  • recently obtained PhD (max 5 years) in a suitable field, such as synthetic biology, molecule biology, metabolic engineering

  • Ample expertise in cloning

  • Microbial physiology

  • Being results-oriented and hard-working

  • Have good written and oral communication skills in English

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

  • Experience in working with anaerobes  

  • Experience with microbes and enzymes related to the reductive acetyl-CoA pathway

We offer

  • High-end laboratory infrastructure and friendly colleagues

  • Opportunity to join an uprising, ambitious research group

  • Freedom to bring in own ideas

  • Funding until August 2023, with a possible extension until May 2024

The monthly gross salary for a Postdoctoral Researcher is 3560–4040 €/month depending on experience.

The contract includes occupational health care and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities, commuter ticket benefit and Unisport offers versatile exercise services with staff discount.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application, through our recruitment system from the link below, before June 30th, 2022. To apply, please share the following application materials with us (only pdf documents):

  • Cover letter (start as follows: “I am interested in this position because… “)

  • CV, incl. list of publications

  • Research interest description (possible plans for future research)

  • Names and contact details of references (or to be provided upon request)

Aalto University’s employees and visitors please note: you should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> Career -> find jobs (not external aalto.fi webpage on open positions) by using your existing Workday user account.

For more information

For additional scientific information, please contact Prof. Silvan Scheller ([email protected]) or Dr. Jichen Bao ([email protected]).

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About Finland

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