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.

Information about the division
The Division of Industrial Biotechnology ( is a highly international group, which since it's 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, protein production and purification, fermentation, including anaerobic systems, 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.

Information about the project
This project focuses on creation of novel bacterial strains from the Bacteroidetes phylum, which are proficient degraders of complex carbohydrates. The strains will be engineered to selectively target a range of polysaccharides from relevant industrial waste streams, using up-to-date tools in molecular biology and the existing polysaccharide degradation systems of these species. In addition, the strains will be engineered to produce high-value molecules, in a consolidated bioprocessing approach. The project is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, and complements an ongoing PhD student project funded by the Swedish Research Council, and as such a high level of teamwork is expected both within the group and with international collaborators at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of Michigan Medical School, including research visits.

Major responsibilities
As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be expected to carry out independent research in line with the project described above, including laboratory work, and manuscript writing. You will be expected to share your research results both in presentation at the division/department and at international conferences. You will also be expected to supervise and share knowledge with MSc- and PhD students and other colleagues, and to share in the responsibilities for laboratory equipment suitable to your previous experience and skillset.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

A doctoral degree in biotechnology/bioengineering, genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, or other related disciplines is required.
Demonstrated experience in molecular biology is required. Experience in metabolic engineering, bacterial genetics and anaerobic cultivation are highly qualifying merits, as is experience with advanced analytics (HPLC, HPAEC-PAD, MS, GC, etc.).

Important personal qualities are enthusiasm, to be able to drive and conclude p rojects independently, take own initiatives and discuss/develop own ideas, be creative and have a problem-solving ability. With the international collaborative nature of the project and the research group, excellent cooperation and social abilities are highly important. 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.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170630 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) 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: 2 February, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Assistant Professor, Johan Larsbrink, Industrial Biotechnology
Phone: +46 31-772 3839

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