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 150 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

Information about the group/the research

The Division of Industrial biotechnology was established in 2008 and counts now 35+ members. The common denominator of the research activities in the group is to optimize the use of renewable raw materials for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals also within the main concept of biorefinery. The research performed within the group spans from fundamental research, technology development and lab-scale application: this ensures deep knowledge of the studied systems, leading to rational development and optimization of the respective applications. The research fields include production of biofuels and chemicals via fermentation and enzymatic refining of biomass, bioelectrochemical systems, anaerobic digestion and algal biotechnology (

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic post-doctoral candidate for a project with the overall aim to create novel industrial yeast strains that are able to hydrolyze and ferment cellobiose and cellulose to ethanol. First, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae will be metabolically engineered using CRISPR/Cas9, and then grown under selective pressure to select for those cells that i) effectively hydrolyze cellulose (the main component of plant biomass), and ii) simultaneously ferment cellobiose and xylose, which contributes to an increased ethanol yield and process profitability.

Major responsibilities
This is a wet-lab intensive project relying on a number of different techniques, including CRISPR/Cas9-based genetic manipulations, protein expression, enzyme activity screening, physiological studies and fermentation profiling of S. cerevisiae.

The major responsibility as a Postdoc will be to perform research within the scope of the project and our group. The tasks also include writing project reports and scientific manuscripts, and to a certain extent supervision of master and/or bachelor students. Being part of our research group also involves taking responsiblity for side tasks such as keeping the lab and instruments in good condition.

Position summary
The position is a full-time temporary employment for two years (1+1). 

The candidate must hold a doctoral degree, generally not older than three years, in Biotechnology/Bioengineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or other related disciplines. Experience in yeast genetics and physiology and molecular biology techniques is required. Know-how of metabolic engineering, genetic manipulations using CRISPR/Cas9, protein secretion in yeast, plant cell wall biotechnology and analytical techniques are highly qualifying merits.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding academic track record and have published several first authored papers in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. Important qualities are enthusiasm, to be able to drive and conclude projects independently, take own initiatives and discuss/develop own ideas, be creative and have a problem-solving ability. The project is in collaboration with other researchers and thus excellent cooperation and social abilities are important. The candidate must also be highly proficient in spoken and written English. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170586 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
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:

• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

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: 31 January, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Dr. Cecilia Geijer, Biology and Biological Engineering,, +46 (0)31 - 772 3881

*** 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!