Assistant Professor in Cell Factory Design

Gothenburg (Kommun), Västra Götaland (SE)
April 13 2016
Position Type
Full Time

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 division, 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 department
The position will be placed in the Industrial Biotechnology division which is a young, dynamic and international group, which was established in 2008 and now counts 30 members. The common denominator of the research activities in the group is utilization of renewable raw materials for a sustainable production of fuels, chemicals and material within a biorefinery concept. The research performed within the group spans from fundamental research to technology development and lab-scale applications, ensuring deep knowledge of the studied systems and rational development and optimization of the respective applications. The research fields include production of biofuels and chemicals via fermentation, enzymatic refining of biomass, bioelectrochemical systems, anaerobic digestion and algal biotechnology. 

Major responsibilities
The candidate should perform and build up research within the area of yeast cell factories for use in industrial biotechnology applications. Furthermore, principles for understanding and expoiting metabolic traits conveying cellular robustness should also be included in the research. The research are expected to use competences including molecular biology, metabolic engineering, fermentation technology, cellular physiology and conversion of biorefinery streams. The aim of the work should be to address how industrial fermentations processes, in the perspective of a biobased economy, can be made more efficient by developing the biocatalyst (microorganism). The applicant should have an interest in developing interdisciplinary research and collaborate with groups carrying competences broadly in the area of biochemical conversion in biorefineries. This is a strategic recruitment and we expect the candidate will contribute shaping the long-term research agenda in the Industrial Biotechnology division and has an interest to contribute to the realisation of bioeconomy solutions.

Your primary duty as tenured assistant professor is to perform your own research, generally as a member of a research group. The position also includes teaching for about 20 per cent of your working hours, primarily on undergraduate and master's levels, as well as supervising PhD students to a certain extent. 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 for a maximum of four years. Progress will be assessed after two years. You are expected to achieve associate professor expertise within four years.

Doctoral degree in Biotechnology/Bioengineering, Microbiology, or other related disciplines. The candidate should have experiences in metabolic engineering, The candidate should have experience from a post doc in another lab than the one where the candidate recieved its doctoral degree. The candidate should have some experience in working with yeast and molecular biology, metabolic engineering, fermentation technology, cellular physiology. It will be considered a merit to have experience in interest in cell factory design i biorefinery context.It will be considered a merit to have experience in supervision and grant application writing.

To qualify for the position of tenured assistant professor, you must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field; the degree should generally not be older than five years. You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education. Experience from a postdoc position or qualified research and development in industry/the public sector is meritorious.

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 20160104 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

  1. Application: (Please name the document in the e-recruitment system as: APPLICATION, Family name, reference number).
    − CV, include complete list of publications,
    − Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences 
    − Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
    − Two references that we can contact.
    [− Letters of recommendation from previous employers or research groups (not mandatory)].
  2. Personal letter/Qualifications 2-3 pages where you introduce yourself present your qualifications and describe your future research plans. 
    − 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?
  3. Publications:
    − Copies of your most relevant publications in full format (maximum of five publications). It is a good idea to attach the files as a PDF or compress them into a Zip file.
    − Copies of a maximum of five other publications that substantiate your other qualifications (for example, educational publications and popular science articles).

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

Application deadline: 22 May 2016

For questions, please contact:
Prof. Lisbeth Olsson,, +46 31-772 3805
Head of Department, Prof. Stefan Hohmann,, +45 31-360 8488

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