28/11/2018

Postdoctoral research position on application of innovative bioelectrochemical systems for water treatment at gEMM research group, University of Girona


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat de Girona-gEMM
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesBiological engineering
    EngineeringWater resources engineering
    Environmental scienceWater science
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    21/12/2018 23:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Girona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/03/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020

The candidate will work on the recently funded European Project Horizon 2020 ELECTRA (Electricity driven Low Energy and Chemical input Technology foR Accelerated bioremediation).

Project description

ELECTRA is a recently approved 4-year project that involves the participation of 17 universities, research centres and companies in the EC and China. The project aims at improving bioremediation of surface and ground waters, as well as soils, using innovative approaches based on bioelectrochemical technologies, potentially having a low energy and contamination impacts on site. ELECTRA involves the participation of European and Chinese partners in two highly connected consortia, thus bringing to the candidate a good opportunity to interact with multiple institutions among Europe and Asia.

The project tackles with basic research at laboratory scale with several bioremediation techniques and contaminants, and envisions the final application of “on-site” tests and application of winner technologies in contaminated sites that have been selected in Europe and China.

The participation of the University of Girona in ELECTRA is funnelled through the LEQUIA and gEMM/IEA research groups and brings together expertise in molecular microbiology and bioelectrochemistry. Proposed technologies at the UdG to be tested within ELECTRA include the use of bioelectrochemical systems (BES) for the simultaneous removal of nutrients and metals. Tasks include all steps from selection of microorganisms to tests on site. The candidate will work on the initial steps of strains development and purification together with testing in BES reactors. Emphasis will be put to develop new isolation and enrichment techniques and the implementation of molecular methods for the detection, enumeration and evaluation of candidate microorganisms.

Benefits

  • Participation in a research group with a highly recognised trajectory in research
  • Inclusion in an international and multidisciplinary team
  • Intensive contacts with fellow researchers and Industrial partners in Europe
  • Work in a research EU2020 funded project that addresses global environmental challenges within bioremediation

Eligibility criteria

Candidates will be evaluated taking into account their experience and their research background which includes considering: i) publication record, ii) relation to the topic of research, iii) previous experience with the techniques to be conducted during the project development. 

A selection committee will consider all applications, and shortlist candidates for interview who appear to meet the selection criteria at the highest levels. They may be invited to attend an interview (teleconference in first instance) as an opportunity to provide further information to the selection committee to substantiate claims against the selection criteria or demonstrate capabilities.

 

 

 

Selection process

Applications will be regularly reviewed by a Selection Committee prior to the deadline hence early application is recommended. If necessary, candidates should be invited to attend an interview and the remaining unsuccessful applicants will be notified accordingly.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Biological sciences: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

We look for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in Microbial Ecology/Environmental Engineering, with proven skills and expertise based on previous publications in the fields. Although not mandatory, expertise in bioelectrochemical engineering will be valued.

Scientific knowledge and skills

  • Hold a PhD in biology, microbiology, environmental engineering, biotechnology, or equivalent
  • Be fluent in English.
  • Experience and knowledge on wastewater technologies and electrochemistry is desirable.
  • Be able to work with regular analytics (IC, GC, LC), and molecular analyses (PCR, amplicon based sequencing). Experience in bioinformatics is desirable.
  • Be able to design and perform experiments, and to analyse data critically.
  • Be able to communicate through high-quality scientific channels, e.g. peer reviewed publications, presentations to conferences or seminars, etc.

Personal knowledge and skills

  • Ability to work effectively with team members from different backgrounds and with different tasks.
  • Ability to meet objectives within strictly set deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and with minimum supervision.
  • Willingness to travel internationally for project meetings and conferences

Map Information

Job Work Location Personal Assistance locations
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Girona-gEMM
Spain
Girona
17003
C/Maria Aurèlia Capmany, 69

EURAXESS offer ID: 359143