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Open postdoctoral research position on application of innovative bioelectrochemical systems for water treatment at the University of Girona (Catalonia, Spain)

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The candidate will work on the recently funded European Project Horizon 2020 ELECTRA (Electricity driven Low Energy and Chemical input Technology foR Accelerated bioremediation). ELECTRA is a recently approved 4-year project that involves the participation of 17 universities, research centres and companies in the EC and China. The project aims at improving bioremediation of surface and ground waters, as well as soils, using innovative approaches based on bioelectrochemical technologies, potentially having a low energy and contamination impacts on site. ELECTRA involves the participation of European and Chinese partners in two highly connected consortia, thus bringing to the candidate a good opportunity to interact with multiple institutions among Europe and Asia. The project tackles with basic research at laboratory scale with several bioremediation techniques and contaminants, and envisions the final application of “on-site” tests and application of winner technologies in contaminated sites that have been selected in Europe and China. The participation of the University of Girona in ELECTRA is funnelled through the LEQUIA and gEMM/IEA research groups and brings together expertise in molecular microbiology and bioelectrochemistry. Proposed technologies at the UdG to be tested within ELECTRA include the use of bioelectrochemical systems (BES) for the simultaneous removal of nutrients and metals. Tasks include all steps from selection of microorganisms to tests on site. The candidate will work on the initial steps of strains development and purification together with testing in BES reactors. Emphasis will be put to develop new isolation and enrichment techniques and the implementation of molecular methods for the detection, enumeration and evaluation of candidate microorganisms. Employment Position: Full time postdoctoral researcher. Fixed term appointment is set to initially 1 year, but possibilities for renewal up to 2 years are optional upon evaluation. Place of work: Work will be performed at the group of Molecular Microbial Ecology within the Institute of Aquatic Ecology, and the Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (LEQUIA), University of Girona, Spain. Starting date: 1st March 2019. Gross annual salary: 31.049,52€ including national health insurance. Requirements We look for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in Microbial Ecology/Environmental Engineering, with proven skills and expertise based on previous publications in the fields. Although not mandatory, expertise in bioelectrochemical engineering will be valued.
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Applications must be sent via e-mail with subject line mentioning “ELECTRA PostDoc UdG” to promotor_biosan.biologia@udg.edu not later than December 21st 2018. Application documents: • Motivation Letter • Brief CV, including Educational qualifications and Professional affiliation. Employment history, Current Research Interests, Main Research outcomes (Publications, conferences). • Reference letter/s
Contact email address: 
promotor_biosan.biologia@udg.edu
Expiration date: 
Friday, December 21, 2018

Post-doc position available on: Microscale spatiotemporal investigation of multi-species electroactive biofilms using optical microfluidic platform, Toulouse, France

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PLACE OF WORK: Toulouse, Campus INPT SCIENTIFIC FIELDS: Microbial Engineering / Microfluidic / Bioelectrochemical systems / Bioelectrochemistry KEY WORDS: Electroactive biofilms / Microscopy / Microsystems RECRUITING INSTITUTION: https://lgc.cnrs.fr/ The Laboratory of Chemical Engineering of Toulouse (LGC) is the primary center for fundamental and applied research in chemical and microbial engineering in the Occitanie region. Research at the institute covers a wide variety of subjects, including the biological process engineering, wastewater treatment, bioelectrochemistry, membrane processes, and process intensification. With 24 teams and approximately 300 researchers, the LGC provides a dynamic and interactive scientific environment. Toulouse or the "Ville Rose" as it is called, with around 1.2 million people in its metropolis, is the fourth biggest city in France (behind Paris, Lyon, and Marseille). With its high quality of life, rich tradition in arts and culture, dynamic student population, Toulouse is consistently considered one of the cities in France where it is the most pleasant to live. It has seen France's biggest economic growth in recent years , boasts France's biggest population growth over the past 20 years, and was recently ranked as the second best place in the country to work after Bordeaux. DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION: A post-doc position is available in the biofilm engineering group of Dr. Benjamin Erable at the Laboratory of chemical engineering in Toulouse, France. Our laboratory investigates the fundamentals and applications of electroactive biofilms, whether in energy production or synthesis processes but also in degradation or corrosion processes. We are seeking candidates to participate in a project that explores the mechanisms governing the electroactive biofilms formation on electrodes and also the mechanisms of extracellular electron transfer. This work takes a multidisciplinary approach, combining state-of-the-art methods in bioelectrochemical engineering, live-cell microscopy, electronics, and experimental microfluidic microbiology. Relevant recent references: D Pocaznoi, B Erable, ML Delia, A Bergel. Ultra microelectrodes increase the current density provided by electroactive biofilms by improving their electron transport ability. Energy & Environmental Science 5 (1), 5287-5296 M Rimboud, M Barakat, A Bergel, B Erable. Different methods used to form oxygen reducing biocathodes lead to different biomass quantities, bacterial communities, and electrochemical kinetics. Bioelectrochemistry 116, 24-32 C Santoro, C Arbizzani, B Erable, I Ieropoulos. Microbial fuel cells: from fundamentals to applications. A review. Journal of power sources 356, 225-244 JOB START-UP: Ideally before the end of 2018 (to be discussed) CONTACT: Benjamin Erable / benjamin.erable@ensiacet.fr
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Benjamin Erable / benjamin.erable@ensiacet.fr
Contact email address: 
benjamin.erable@ensiacet.fr
Expiration date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018

Senior/Junior Bioinformatics Researcher, Biological Systems Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

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Working Location: Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan Responsibilities: Bioinformatics Researcher is available in the Biological Systems Unit at the newly established Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) to work on metagenomes data analysis for environmental and antimicrobial applications. Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are devices that can use bacterial metabolism to produce electrical current from a wide range of organic substrates. Research and development has increased in the last few years all over the world. MFCs have started to be used in practice, but for large-scale applications cost reductions and higher power output are required. To further enhance the technology a better understanding of the environmentally-derived microbiological communities as a system is necessary. We also wish to enhance the ability of electrogenic microbial communities to utilise and degrade wastes and toxic chemicals. Our primary R&D focus is on a better understanding of microbial communities in MFCs as a system, together with further optimisation of the MFC technology for different applications The position holder will be responsible for the development and support of bioinformatics pipeline(s), development and implementation of methods and tools for meta-genomic and other omics data analysis. Other responsibilities Collect, process, document and analyze high throughout experimental data. Document experimental and computational procedures and results. Preparation of research publications. Primary R&D focus for the position will be computational methods for a better understanding of metagenomes. Qualifications: (Required) 1) Strong programming skills (R, Unix) 2) MsC in a relevant domain. 3) Fluent in English. 4) Good writing skills. Publications track record in international journals for Sr. Researcher (Preferred) 1) Working knowledge of other programming languages (Java, C++, Python, Perl) 2) Practical experience working with metagenomes and human genomes. 3) Working knowledge of bioinformatics databases, pipelines and tools.
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For informal inquiries please contact Professor Igor Goryanin goryanin@gmail.com
Contact email address: 
goryanin@oist.jp
Expiration date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Post-doc Position available with experience of microbial electrochemistry and/or synthetic microbiology

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The primary focus of our study is to bring innovation through development of bio-hybrid electric devices using electrochemically-active bacteria. Please contact us for further details.
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Dr. Akihiro Okamoto Independent Scientist International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan
Contact email address: 
Okamoto.akihiro@nims.go.jp
Expiration date: 
Monday, August 20, 2018

Postdoc / Senior Scientist (m/f) with experience in molecular ecology or electroorganic chemistry for developing Electrobiorefineries

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Deadline extended. Deatils see post before
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PD Dr. Falk Harnisch Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ Permoserstraße 15 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Contact email address: 
falk.harnisch@ufz.de
Expiration date: 
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Postdoc / Senior Scientist (m/f) with experience in molecular ecology or electroorganic chemistry for developing Electrobiorefineries

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Based our recent developments on the interfacing of mixed culture microbiology and electrochemistry (e.g. Energy Environ. Sci. 10 (10), 2231 - 2244, or Microb. Biotechnol. 11 (1), 22 - 38) in electrobiorefineries, i.e. the combined microbial and electrochemical process lines for the production of chemicals and energy carriers, (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. doi:10.1002/anie.201711727) we expect integration in the research group and hence significant contributions to its portfolio. For details on the job and application procedure please see the link.
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PD Dr. Falk Harnisch Department of Environmental Microbiology Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Contact email address: 
falk.harnisch@ufz.de
Expiration date: 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Microbial Ecophysiology and Bioinformatics

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Center for Electromicrobiology at Aarhus University is looking for an early career researcher with a strong scientific track record in microbiology research preferentially covering microbial ecophysiology and bioinformatics of both uncultured and cultured prokaryotes. We expect experience with experimental microbial physiology and with microbial (meta)genomics and/or (meta)transcriptomics techniques to link omics data with cell metabolism, microbial interactions and processes in natural environments. We expect the candidate in the application to present a work plan and research strategy for high-impact research within the field of electromicrobiology. The overarching research questions in Center for Electromicrobiology are how cable bacteria conduct electrons, how they handle metabolism based on widely separated oxidation and reduction processes and how they interact with other microorganisms and the environment.
Contact details: 
See external link
Contact email address: 
Lars Peter Nielsen (lpn@bios.au.dk Andreas Schramm: Andreas.Schramm@bios.au.dk
Expiration date: 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Postdoctoral Scientist Position available to study electrochemically active biofilm

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For the project of Advanced Research and Development Programs for Medical Innovation (Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development), titled “Tracking intercellular electrochemical interaction in human bacterial flora by gene expression mapping method”, we invites applications for a 2-year postdoctorial research position. The primary research forcus is on understanding of electrochemical microbial interactions in the human microbial flora. Statistic and quantitative analysis on microscopic image of the biofilm sections, construction of gene-disrupted mutant, NanoSIMS, FISH-staining, biochemistry, and electrochemistry will be used in the project.
Contact details: 
See external link
Contact email address: 
Okamoto.akihiro@nims.go.jp
Expiration date: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

PhD position to study cell metabolism redirected by electricity using systems biology tools

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The Systems Biotechnology group in the department of solar material/UFZ - Leipzig, Germany is looking for a PhD candidate to work on a project studying the fundamental cell metabolism in BES. Omics tools, including proteomics, metabolics and fluxomics, and metabolic engineering strategy will be used to quantify the cell physiology and do strain development to improve the performance. The candidate will be supervised by a diverse team in UFZ and external collaborator at Novo Nordisk Fundation Center for Biosustainability. Deadline for application is Jan 31st, 2018. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview on March.
Contact details: 
Dr. Jens O. Krömer, jens.kroemer@ufz.de; Prof. Dr. Lorenz Adrian, lorenz.adrian@ufz.de
Contact email address: 
jens.kroemer@ufz.de, lorenz.adrian@ufz.de
Expiration date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Six Open Positions at Center for Electromicrobiology

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For the newly established Center of Excellence, Center for Electromicrobiology (CEM), Aarhus University, Denmark, we seek up to 6 outstanding postdocs, PhD students, and technicians with a keen interest and strong skills for one of the following areas of research: - molecular and structural biology of electrically-conductive proteins - functional genomics and microbial physiology of electron-conducting microbes - interactions and processes in electric microbial communities All positions are based at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, in an interdisciplinary setting including the Section for Microbiology, Department of Bioscience, the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, and The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. These departments offer an international working environment with state-of-the-art facilities for molecular and ecological microbiology, next generation sequencing, electrochemistry, and electron microscopy. See www.cem.au.dk for further details on the positions, the center, application dates, and contacts.
Contact details: 
See external link
Contact email address: 
lpn@bios.au.dk
Expiration date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018

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