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 research/the project/the division

The Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology, located in the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at the Chalmers University of Technology, is one of the world leading research groups within the systems biology field of metabolism. The Division is composed of 8+ labs and faculty, and each group leader is responsible for directing particular research themes within the realms of quantitative systems and synthetic biology.  The research interests within the division, range from trying to understand fundamental metabolism, to highly applied research on the construction of microbial cell factories, up to studying metabolic-related diseases such as cancer. The division also engages in extensive collaborative projects across universities and industry both nationally across Sweden and internationally. More information on international projects can be found here: The division also operates collaboratively with two other satellite facilities at Chalmers: the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability ( and the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab;  

Major responsibilities
We are seeking a motivated post-doctoral candidate interested in studying the tolerance mechanisms of Saccharomyces cerevisiae under chemical stress using adaptive laboratory evolution. Your major responsibilities are to independently drive the research project forward in a critical and effective manner, to organise and manage data to a high standard, to regularly communicate results to your colleagues, and to disseminate your main conclusions to the scientific community in the form of meetings, conferences and peer-reviewed articles. You should be able to apply critical and creative thinking on a regular basis. Equally, you should be able to adopt an open minded approach to work that allows integration of constructive feedback as well as the possibility of adapting your research direction based on new results. In addition, you should be proactive, capable of keeping up with the evolving technologies available and motivated to test and implement new protocols. You should keep in mind the most challenging and rewarding questions whilst also working within a realistic time frame with resources that are provided. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master's levels as well as supervising master's and/or PhD students to a certain extent.
As the systems biology group at Chalmers is composed of a highly collaborative international environment of 60+ researchers, a successful candidate is also expected to demonstrate exceptional team work skills.

Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is for 2 years with posibility to extend. 

To qualify for the position of postdoc, the ideal candidate should have a PhD degree, generally not older than three years, in biology or biological engineering, with extensive microbiology experience and a strong component of bioinformatics. You should be comfortable working with Saccharomyces cerevisiae,
high throughput cultivation methods, adaptive laboratory evolution, microbial cultivation in benchtop bioreactors, whole genome sequencing analysis, genome-scale metabolic modelling and S. cerevisiae gene-editing with CRISPR/Cas9. Good programming skills would also be an advantage. You are also expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate a good potential for working in research and education.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish on undergraduate level after two years. 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 20180016 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: 14 February, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Professor, Jens Nielsen,

*** 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!