Information about the project
We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student candidate for a project with the overall aim to explore non-conventional yeast species for identification of novel metabolic gene clusters dedicated to carbohydrate utilization. This will be achieved through a combination of bioinformatic data-mining, transcriptomics and metabolomics as well as deletion mutant/overexpression analysis and heterologous gene expression in purpose-designed test strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A successful project will generate new knowledge about carbohydrate metabolism in non-conventional yeasts as well as a portfolio of characterized transporters and enzymes. These proteins can then be used to tailor-make microbial cell factories to more efficiently utilize a range of different sugars for biotechnology-based production.

Information about the division
The Division of Industrial Biotechnology ( is a highly international group, which since its establishment in 2008 has been very successful and now counts ~40 members. Research activities at the division focus on utilization of renewable raw materials for a sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. The research performed within the group spans from fundamental research to technology development and lab-scale applications, and includes enzymology and enzyme discovery, fermentation technology, metabolic engineering, bioelectrochemistry, and algal biotechnology. The division has an extensive instrument platform for analytics, molecular biology, fermentation and protein production and purification, which are all available for the project. In addition, core facilities with advanced equipment are available within both the Department and at the University campus.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies within the scope of the project. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts, to write project reports and scientific manuscripts and to share your research results both in presentations at the division/department and at international conferences. In this project a high level of teamwork is expected both within the research group and division, other departments at Chalmers and with international collaborators. A PhD student position at Chalmers also includes active participation in PhD courses as well as teaching on undergraduate level and/or performing other departmental duties. Being part of the Division of Industrial Biotechnology also involves taking responsibility for side tasks such as keeping the lab and instruments in good condition. 

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years (four years plus time for teaching).

To qualify as a PhD student, you must hold a master´s degree in microbiology, biotechnology/bioengineering, molecular biology or other related disciplines. University courses or equivalent in eukaryotic microbiology, metabolic engineering, enzymology and bioinformatics are qualifying merits.

Mandatory experiences and skills include proven work experience in a biotechnology laboratory setting and theoretical knowledge and practical experience of molecular biology and microbiology. Hand-on experience in bioinformatics, genome editing techniques, heterologous protein expression, enzyme characterization, omics and analytical techniques are highly qualifying merits.

A successful candidate is able to conduct experiments independently, take own initiatives and discuss/develop own ideas, is creative and have a problem-solving ability. Excellent cooperation and social abilities are important, and the candidate must also be highly proficient in spoken and written English.

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
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190633 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• 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:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

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

Application deadline: 3th of January - 2020

For questions, please contact:
Assistant Professor Cecilia Geijer, Industrial Biotechnology, 
+46(0)31 772 3852

Professor Lisbeth Olsson, Industrial Biotechnology,
+46(0)31 772 3805

Information about the department
The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering ( is aiming at bridging cutting edge life science research with biochemical engineering, in order to emerge as the leading innovation center in the region. The research has broad applications in areas of health and industrial production of e.g. fine chemicals, food and energy. Powerful experimental facilities are available such as well-equipped fermenters, analytical instruments and laser-based microscopy.  The department offers highly qualified education for engineering students within the area of bioengineering. It is furthermore collaborating in broad, interdisciplinary national and international networks within academia and the industry.

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

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!