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Summer jobs at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

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 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

The department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

is looking for Bachelor and Master students for

Summer job positions

The positions are available in selected research groups at the department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (BIO2) (http://bio2.aalto.fi/en/), one of the three departments in the School of Chemical Engineering at Aalto University. The available positions are listed below.

The department of Bioproducts and Biosystems has an internationally leading reputation in basic and applied research for the development of advanced materials from natural resources. It is one of the leading European research and higher education institutions in the field of sustainable chemistry and engineering based on the utilization of renewable resources. BIO2 aims to contribute to the development of novel solutions to move towards sustainable primary production and processing systems that can produce materials with fewer inputs, less environmental impact and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Within bioscience, the department has research in bioprocess technology, molecular biotechnology, enzyme technology, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, biomolecular-, and biohybrid materials. Other strengths of the department include sustainable materials and products based on lignocellulose, ranging from nanomaterials to novel cellulose-based textiles.

How to apply

Submit your application through our recruiting system by using the "Apply now!" link.

Please include the following documents:

  • cv
  • study records

You can apply for one or several of the open positions. Please mark the task codes of the positions you are interested in under the “Further information on the positions that you are interested in” question. Prioritize your choices with numbers; 1. code for your first choice, 2. code for your second choice, etc.

If any of the positions listed below sparks your interest, please send your application as soon as possible, but latest on March 16, 2021. We will start reviewing candidates immediately and the positions will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are found. Please note that these positions are available for bachelor and master students only.

In recruitment process relating questions you can contact HR Coordinator Tiina Torvinen, [email protected].

Available summer positions:

Heterologous expression of C1-enzymes and in vitro reactions (Code: C1)

Recent evidence has shown that some enzymes involved in one-carbon metabolism are promiscuous towards catalyzing reactions involving multi-carbon-units. This finding is the basis for designing microbial systems to convert CO2 to non-methane alkanes (e.g. ethane or butane), which may find application in the production of fuels from CO2.

In this project you will express and test different enzyme variants (C1-enzymes such as e.g. Mer, Mtr, MetF or FolD), purify the enzymes and test their catalytic properties. Depending on talents and interest of the student, the project can be modified or extended (e.g. cofactor purification, site-directed mutagenesis to enhance the promiscuity etc.).

Further information: Maxime Laird ([email protected]alto.fi) and Silvan Scheller ([email protected])

For further information about the research group, see our webpage: http://bio2.aalto.fi/en/research_groups/biokemia/

Developing a protein expression platform in the archaeon Methanococcus maripaludis via CRISPR (Code: CRISPR)

Archaeal proteins are important for energy-relevant processes, in particular for CO2-reduction and for the production of alkane fuels. Their expression in E. coli is often associated with problems (wrong codon-usage, missing post-translational modifications etc). An archaeal expression host would therefore be more suited, such as M. maripaludis, but they are currently much less developed compared to E. coli.

You will use the newly developed CRISPR toolbox, which has just been successfully developed in our group, to construct a platform for highly efficient protein expression in the archaeon M. maripaludis.

Further information: Jichen Bao ([email protected])

For further information about the research group, see our webpage: http://bio2.aalto.fi/en/research_groups/biokemia/

Utilization of Cell-Free Protein Synthesis (CFPS) in Methanogenic Archaea (Code: CFPS)

Cell-Free Protein Synthesis (CFPS) is a fast-growing research topic with applications reaching from understanding fundamental cellular processes until industrial protein production. In contrast to “classical” in vivo protein translation, CFPS doesn’t rely on time-consuming cloning and transformation processes. Furthermore, the “open nature” of CFPS allows easy manipulation of reaction conditions and allow high-throughput experiments. CFPS systems can be distinguished based on the organisms used for cell extract preparation subsequently used for in vitro synthesis. 
While robust protocols exist for bacterial and eukaryotic CFPS systems, archaeal CFPS were widely overlooked for decades.

The aim of this project is to establish a cell-free translation system for methanogenic Archaea. This includes the optimization of (i) crude extract preparation and (ii) reaction conditions for CFPS from Methanogens. To test functionality and translation kinetics, a fluorescence-based reporter and Click Chemistry will be used.

Further information: Norman Adlung ([email protected])

For further information about the research group, see our webpage: http://bio2.aalto.fi/en/research_groups/biokemia/

Man-made cellulose fibers via Ioncell technology [Code: IONCELL]

Are you interested in chemistry, biomaterials, and sustainable textile fiber production? In the Ioncell research group you can work with biomaterials in the development work of man-made cellulose fibers. Our research is closely related to circular economy and green chemistry.

We are looking for MSc students, or nearly completed BSc students having good background knowledge in chemistry and biomaterials and ability to work in the chemical laboratory. The group has also MSc thesis opportunities.

Further information: Marja Rissanen ([email protected]) or Inge Schlapp-Hackl ([email protected])

Biotechnology lab (Code: LABTECH)

We are looking for a summer worker to help our technicians in the biotechnology lab over summer. The task include preparation of growth media, reagents, and autoclaving. The work is suitable for anyone interested in biotechnology and will give a good overview of how the different parts of the laboratory functions. No particular laboratory experience is required, and first-year students can apply.

Further information: Markus Linder ([email protected])

Biohybrid Materials (Code: BiHy)

Would you like to study biomaterials and develop your expertise in e.g. organic synthesis, chemical virology and supramolecular chemistry? We are looking for highly motivated students for summer internship and diploma thesis positions in the Biohybrid Materials Group.

We offer several topics related to the group’s research interests at the forefront of biomaterials science, for example: 1. Development of host-guest chemistry based analytical methods for medically relevant biomolecules. 2. Assembly of virus capsids on DNA nanostructures. 3. Preparation and functionalization of protein crystals. It is possible to combine summer and diploma thesis projects.

As a successful applicant you should be highly motivated in experimental science and have a background in chemical technology, biosciences, physics or a closely related field. Completed B.Sc. degree is an advantage.

Further information: Prof. Mauri Kostiainen ([email protected]) and http://chemtech.aalto.fi/bihy

 

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