Aalto University Finland Microbial Physiology PhD Opening

Doctoral Candidate in Microbial Physiology

Application closes on 30.11.2019 

Place Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems 

Position Doctoral Candidate Positions 

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland. 

The Biochemistry group develops energy-relevant biochemical transformations. 

We are looking for a PhD Candidate that is keen to advance research in the field of: Microbial physiology, Metabolic engineering, Genetics or Electromicrobiology 

We design microbial pathways to convert CO2 to fuels via the archaeal reductive acetyl-CoA pathway. 

 One project involves genetic engineering and regulation to convert CO2 and hydrogen into short-chain alkanes. The second project involves direct electron transfer via multi-heme cytochromes to reversibly interconvert alkanes to electricity, a process that mimics the anode of a methane fuel cell at cold temperatures. 

Research is carried out at our excellent facilities at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering (http://www.bioeconomyinfra.fi/). The laboratories are situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi (short metro-ride from Helsinki) within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems. 

Job description The project may be adjusted according to the talents and preferences of the applicants. Most experiments will be performed in anaerobic chambers or custom-made vessels. It involves pathway engineering in the genetically tractable methanogens Methanococcus maripaludis and Methanosarcina. Tasks areas are: 

Implementation of pathway-parts from acetogens into methanogens 
Development of methods to regulate NAD+ vs. NADP+ levels in methanogens 
Expression of electron-bifurcating hydrogenases Understanding of regulation in methanogens 
Development of new ways of energy conservation in model methanogens 
Cultivation of methanogens and methanotrophs in bioelectric systems 


MSc in a suitable field, such as microbial physiology, metabolic engineering, genetics, systems biology, biophysics or biochemistry 
Be highly committed to science and strive for excellence 
Develop own smart ideas and think independently 
Be able to focus on solving tough scientific problems 
Have good written and oral communication skills in English 

Skills, knowledge or interest in some of the following areas are highly appreciated: 

Microbial pathway engineering and regulation 
Metabolic modelling and thermodynamics 
Quantification of intracellular metabolites 
Bioinformatics and genetics 

In this position, you will apply the study right for doctoral studies in Aalto University. Thus, please check the student information and application criteria. In particular, please pay attention to mandatory skill level in English. 

We offer 

High-end laboratory infrastructure and friendly colleagues 
Opportunity to work in a newly established research group 
Freedom to bring in own ideas Funding for 4 years 
The salary is defined according to the salary system of Finnish Universities. 

The expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2400€/month and will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health benefits. 

For more information 

For additional scientific information, please contact Prof. Silvan Scheller (silvan.scheller@aalto.fi), in matters related to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Sanni Mero (sanni.mero@aalto.fi). 

How to apply (deadline Nov. 30th 2019) 

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