Postdoctor position in Microbial Chemistry

Uppsala University
August 31 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory conducts research and education in chemistry. The Department has over 300 active persons, of which 200 are employees and the rest consists of guest researchers and students doing research at Master level. Annual turnover is just over 180 million SEK. You can find more information here.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the Microbial Chemistry section at Chemistry - Ångström. Research in the Microbial Chemistry group is focused on cyanobacteria, photosynthetic microorganisms with the ability to convert solar energy, carbon dioxide and water into useful compounds. We work on metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria for renewable generation of chemicals and fuels, with the greater goal to contribute to a sustainable future through biotechnology. We employ gene technology to alter the metabolism of cyanobacteria, so that we can harvest the converted solar energy in the form of desired products, and biochemistry to analyse the enzymes and pathways involved.

The Microbial Chemistry group provides a highly creative research environment, and the projects we are working on provide many opportunities for interaction and collaboration. The group currently consists of three senior scientists, several postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students in different stages of their education.

Projects: The postdoctoral researcher will work in a project aiming to generate strains of cyanobacteria with new capabilities in formation of renewable chemicals. You will identify target pathways and enzymes to be incorporated in the cells, make genetic constructs and test them in model organisms, and evaluate the results. The project also involves developing photobioreactors for optimal production. Molecular and biochemical techniques are used to analyse the cells' response to genetic and environmental changes, in terms of productivity, growth, photosynthesis, and other characteristics. The results are used to further develop the design of new, engineered cells, and increase our fundamental understanding of cyanobacterial metabolism and limitations to productivity. The successful candidate will develop and perform research in this area, using molecular biology and biochemical methods for genetic modfication and analysis of cyanobacterial cells and specific enzymes The project is multidisciplinary and there will- at times, be close collaboration with researchers in organic photochemistry.

Qualifications: The applicant must at the appointed starting date have a PhD in molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry or related area, with strong practical experience in molecular biotechnology and biochemistry. Large emphasis will be put on personal qualities; we are looking for a person with good collaboration and communication skills, who is able to work efficiently and independently. Excellent knowledge in English, both written and oral, is a must. For employment as postdoc, the applicant should have a PhD exam or an international equivalent within a maximum of three years before the final application date. During certain circumstances, an earlier PhD can be acceptable.

Application: The application should be written in English and include: Letter of motivation, with a short description of your research interests, and why you feel you are a good match for the project, a CV including a description of relevant skills and experiences, as well as a full publication list, a copy of your degree diploma and any other relevant official transcripts or documents you wish to provide in support of your application, and names and contact information of three persons who can provide a letter of reference in support of your application, with a short description of how these individuals are professionally related to you.

Personal circumstances (for example parental leave) that are important for the validation of merits should also be described in your application.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University's excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Pay: Individual salary

Starting: 2018-01-01 or as otherwise agreed

Type of employment: Temporary position, for two years from the start date

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact

Associate Professor Karin Stensjö, phone: +46 184716586, e-mail:

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-09-30, UFV-PA 2017/2887

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