Vacancies at Chalmers University of Technology: Postdoctoral position in microalgal biotechnology

[Sweden] The subgroup for algal biotechnology is part of the division of Industrial biotechnology. The algae group works on both micro- and macroalgae with a focus on marine species, on cultivation conditions for microalgae, and using seaweed and microalgal biomass for biorefining.

The Industrial biotechnology division is a young, dynamic and international group, which was established in 2008 and counts now almost 30 members. The common denominator of the research activities in the group is to optimize the use of renewable raw materials using microorganisms and enzymes for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals also within the main concept of biorefinery. The research performed within the group spans from fundamental research, technology development and lab-scale application: this ensures deep knowledge of the studied systems, leading to rational development and optimization of the respective applications.

Major responsibilities
For displacement of fossil resources in a bio-based society there is a need for carbon-neutral raw material in the production of chemicals for biofuels, bulk, and high-value products. This project aims at using microalgae to provide biomass as substrate for bio-based production of chemicals. Biomass will be obtained by microalgal cultivation using nutrients from waste material, like wastewater and flue gas, allowing for nutrient recycling. The work will e.g. include cultivation of microalgae in both screening and high performance cultivation systems, analyses of physiological response of cells to process conditions and biomass composition, establishment of new protocols for analysis.

Your major responsibility as Postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position may also include supervision of master’s and/or PhD students to a certain extent.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of 18 months.

To qualify for the position as Postdoc, you must have a doctoral degree, generally not older than three years, in biotechnology, phycology, microbiology, marine biology or other related disciplines. University courses or equivalent in marine microbiology, phycology, bioprocessing, and analytical chemistry is qualifying merits.

Experiences of phototrophic cultivation of microalgae or cyanobacteria, analysing biochemical composition in microalgal biomass, and using chromatographic techniques for analyses are required. Furthermore, experience of several types of bioanalytical assays and working with additionally other microorganisms are considered merits.

You are expected to demonstrate good potential within research and education. Important qualities are enthusiasm, to be able to drive and conclude projects independently, take own initiative and discuss/develop own ideas, write well-formulated reports/articles, be creative and have a problem-solving ability, and to be a mature person also realising your own limitations. The project is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with several other research groups and thus good cooperation and social abilities are highly important.

The position requires fluent verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language 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 20160080 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, Surname, reference number)
    − CV, include complete list of publications
    − Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
    − Two references that we can contact.
  2. Personal letter/Qualifications: (Please name the document as: QUALIFICATIONS, family name, ref. number)
    − 1-3 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. Other:
    − 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: 31 March 2016

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor Eva Albers,
Chemical and Biological Engineering,
[email protected],
+46(0)31 772 3844


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