Postdoctoral position in molecular biology/microbiology working on biodegradation of plastics

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    Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers)
    Biological sciences
    Environmental science
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    05/01/2020 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Sweden › Gothenburg

Information about the divisionand the project
The Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology at the Chalmers University of Technology is one of the world's leading research groups within systems biology of metabolism field. Our research interests involve a wide range of activities from the fundamental understanding of metabolism operation principles, combined with a highly applied research directed towards the development of new cell factories for the production of valuable chemicals and up to the studies of metabolic-related diseases.

Millions tons of plastic waste piled up in landfills, are combusted or end up in the sea yearly. Biological degradation is a sustainable and promising solution for degradation of mixtures of incompliant and degradable plastics. Finding microbial enzymes capable of degrading and utilizing plastics is challenging. The candidate lead a multidisciplinary study investigating the potential of enzymatic plastic degradation from the collection of all available microbial DNA repertoire. We combine experimental approaches, evolutionary aspects with metabolic modelling and machine learning to study microbial ecology from the fundamental point of view as with the ultimate goal in applying our research to real world problems. The duties would include setting up novel screening assays, robotic or microfluidic systems, performing adaptive evolution experiments. The successful candidate will join our team to lead the multidisciplinary project challenging the problem of plastic polymer degradation.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found here.

Major responsibilities
We are seeking a motivated, creative post-doctoral candidates interested in studying microbial ecology with applications in plastic biodegradation. Your major responsibilities are to lead the experimental part of the project, come up with elegant engineering solutions and communicate results with the team. You should be extremely curious about the basic science and carry a great interest to ask the most challenging questions within realistic time frames and resources. Apart from performing project related experiments you would be helping setting up experiments for related projects. You should be a great team player willing to work in a highly collaborative international environment to share your ideas, express your opinions and expect to receive feedback and critics. You are expected to develop your own independent scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. You should be enthusiastic about supervising Master and PhD students.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to three years (1+1+1) subject to performance evaluation.

Ideal candidate would have a PhD degree in molecular biology/microbiology/biochemistry/biotechnology with some bioinformatics experience. The degree should generally not be older than three years. Previous experience with cloning is a must. Experience in protein engineering would be an advantage.

You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg.
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190678 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 5 January 2020

For questions, please contact:
Assistant professor, Aleksej Zelezniak, alezel@chalmers.se

About the department
The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering was founded January 1 2015, and started off with high ambitions. The aim was to grow and become a leading center of innovation by combining the latest research in life sciences with biochemistry. And the department got off to flying start. In its first year, the numbers for publication, citation and external funding have been excellent.

The department consists of four divisions, each conducting outstanding research in the areas of industrial biotechnology, systems biology, chemical biology and food science. The overall goal is to help build a sustainable society and improve human health.

Nearly 200 people from 20 countries are currently working at the department. The working environment is characterized by respect, cooperation, responsibility, creativity and job satisfaction.

The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering has summarized its mission in four points:
• To be an attractive environment for top-level researchers in biological engineering
• To deliver top-level research results and innovative solutions for use in a sustainable society
• To offer excellent education that develops creative engineers and scientists
• To be a major contributor to international visibility of Chalmers

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. ***

Work location(s)
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EURAXESS offer ID: 470193
Posting organisation offer ID: 713699


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