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Postdoc: Structure and function of cable bacteria cytochromes

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A 2 two-year postdoctoral position is available at Center for Electromicrobiology, Aarhus University, Denmark, from 1st July 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, (www.CEM.au.dk). The postdoc will work primarily with the structural and functional characterization of cytochrome proteins from cable bacteria. Documented experience with expression, purification and characterization of cytochrome proteins is a prerequisite.

Contact details: 
Thomas Boesen, Cryo-EM Facility Manager
Contact email address: 
thb@mbg.au.dk
Expiration date: 
Sunday, June 2, 2019

Postdoc in Electromicrobiology

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Published8 Mar

Deadline30 Apr

Expected start15 Jun

Biological and Chemical Engineering, HangøvejHangøvej 28200 Aarhus N

PostdocFixed term full-time position15 Jun 2019 - 14 Jun 2021

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The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applicants for a 2-year postdoc position on the Electromicrobiology of homoacetogenic bacteria.
 
The position is available from 15/06/2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
 
Job description
You are expected to investigate the H2 utilization thermodynamics and kinetics of homoacetogenic bacteria and explore if differences in the H2 utilization thermodynamics and kinetics can explain the different capacities of homoacetogenic strains to withdraw electrons from electrodes and zero-valent iron. This work aims to increase the understanding of extracellular electron uptake mechanisms of homoacetogenic bacteria, which is of importance to optimize applications such as microbial electrosynthesis and to develop strategies against biocorrosion.
You will also be involved in educational activities as supervisor of master and bachelor student projects and will have the opportunity to teach in courses related to your expertise.
 
 Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in Microbiology, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, or another relevant discipline. Previous experience with electromicrobiology, bioelectrochemical systems, biocorrosion or the physiology of anaerobic bacteria is required. A theoretical background with microbial thermodynamics and kinetics will be important for this project. Additional requirements are English fluency, excellent reporting skills, being able to work independently and an enthusiastic mentality.
Applicants are encouraged to include a max. 1-page statement on their research ideas on the proposed project and to include the contact information of two references.

About the Microbial Electrosynthesis Research Group
The Microbial Electrosynthesis Research group is a recently started group studying the microbial processes behind microbial electrosynthesis, biocorrosion and gas fermentation with as goal to improve the applications of these processes. The Microbial Electrosynthesis Research Group is part of the growing and highly dynamic section of Biological and Chemical Engineering.
 
About the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section
Biological and Chemical Engineering is a multidisciplinary research area. It includes disease and health, materials, environmental technologies, biorefining, energy technologies and food and ingredient technology. The research at the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section at Department of Engineering is based on both theoretical and experimental methods, and include the design, development, operation, monitoring, control, and optimization of chemical, physical and biological processes.
 
The place of work is at Hangøvej 2, 8200 Aarhus and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. Aarhus University is located in the vibrant city of Aarhus.

Contact details: 
For further information please contact: Assistant Professor Jo Philips, (jo.philips@eng.au.dk)
Contact email address: 
jo.philips@eng.au.dk
Expiration date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The electromicrobiology of homoacetogenic bacteria

Description: 

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Engineering programme. The position is available from 1 August 2019 or later.

Research area and project description:
Homoacetogenic bacteria have the intriguing capacity to use electrodes as electron donor. This capacity can be applied for the development of highly interesting technologies, such as microbial electrosynthesis, in which bacteria are fed with electricity to convert CO2 into biofuels and biochemicals. So far, the mechanisms by which homoacetogenic bacteria take up electrons from electrodes are not yet understood, even though such an understanding is crucial for the development of new technologies.

The PhD candidate is expected to investigate the H2 utilization thermodynamics and kinetics of homoacetogenic bacteria and explore if differences in the H2 utilization thermodynamics and kinetics can explain the different capacities of homoacetogenic strains to withdraw electrons from solid electron donors, such as electrodes.

The PhD candidate will also be involved in educational activities as supervisor of Master’s and Bachelor’s student projects, as well as teaching assistant in courses related to his/her expertise. 

Qualifications and specific competences:
We are looking for talented and enthusiastic applicants with a Master’s degree in Microbiology, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, or another discipline with a relevant specialisation. Practical experience within electromicrobiology, bioelectrochemical systems, biocorrosion, anaerobic cultivation, etc. will be seen as a plus. A theoretical background with microbial thermodynamics and kinetics will be important for this project. Analytical and critical thinking are essential to pursue a PhD. Further requirements are English fluency, good reporting skills and being able to work independently.

Applicants are encouraged to include a max. 1-page statement on their research ideas for the proposed project.

Place of employment and Place of work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University and the place of work is with the Microbial Electrosynthesis Research Group at the Department of Engineering, Hangøvej 2, 8200 Aarhus. Aarhus University is located in the vibrant city of Aarhus.

About the Microbial Electrosynthesis Research Group  
The Microbial Electrosynthesis Research group is a recently started group studying the microbial processes behind microbial electrosynthesis, biocorrosion and gas fermentation with as goal to improve the applications of these processes. The Microbial Electrosynthesis Research Group is part of the growing and highly dynamic section of Biological and Chemical Engineering. 

About the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section
Biological and Chemical Engineering is a multidisciplinary research area. It includes disease and health, materials, environmental technologies, biorefining, energy technologies and food and ingredient technology. The research at the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section at Department of Engineering is based on both theoretical and experimental methods, and include the design, development, operation, monitoring, control, and optimization of chemical, physical and biological processes.

Contact details: 
The project will be supervised by Assistant Professor Jo Philips and Associate Professor Alberto Scoma from Department of Engineering. Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Assistant Professor Jo Philips (jo.philips@eng.au.dk) or Associate Professor Alberto Scoma (as@eng.au.dk).
Contact email address: 
jo.philips@eng.au.dk
Expiration date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

PhD position in bioelectrochemical synthesis

Description: 

The Laboratory of Microbial Electrochemical Systems is seeking for a creative and motivated candidate to fill the PhD student position within the microbial bioelectrosynthesis project. The project will focus on employing emerging microbial fuel cell technology for the synthesis of valuable bioproducts.

Microbial fuel cell is a device which converts organic waste into electricity with the use of bacteria. In the project the student will optimise production of electricity and bioproducts and optimise the process using simple and complex compounds as a fuel.

What we offer:
The successful candidate will be offered with a 3-years contract and attractive salary on full time-basis (4000-5400 PLN gross salary – approximately 1250 EUR, depending on experience). He/she will work independently and with colleagues in Polish and international environment. The contract will start in April 2019. The project and PhD position are sponsored by Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.

Requirements:

The candidate should possess master’s degree or gain it not later than 6 months after starting the contract.
• very good knowledge of English, spoken and written;
• skills in engineering;
• skills in basic analytical methods;
• fluency in using computer tools;
• Additional knowledge on microbiology and fluid mechanics and will be a value, similarly as the previous documented involvement in research projects.

Application deadline: 14/03/2019. Interviews: 18-22/03/2019. Contract: 1/04/2019.

Contact details: 
Dr inz. Grzegorz Pasternak Assistant Professor Laboratory of Microbial Electrochemical Systems
Contact email address: 
grzegorz.pasternak@pwr.edu.pl
Expiration date: 
Thursday, March 14, 2019

PostDoc position: Microbial electrodes for cathodic electrosynthesis

Description: 

Starting from April 2019, the Department of Environmental Process Engineering at the University of Bremen (Germany) seeks candidates for a 2-year PostDoc position in the field of microbial electrodes for cathodic electrosynthesis. Candidates should hold a PhD in

Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Biotechnology, Microbiology
(or related fields)

Your task
In close collaboration with project partners from chemistry, microbiology, and industry you will be performing research on novel microbial electrodes for cathodic electrosynthesis. Initially, You will study the influence of electrode characteristics (suface chemistry, nano- and microstructure, …) on microbe-electrode interaction and overall productivity. Later on, these electrodes will be characterized and optimized for application in lab-scale microbial electrolysis cells operating on real industrial effluents. While your research will be focussed on the microbial electrosynthesis of methane and poly-hydroxybutyrate, also further processes could be studied.

Your profile
We are looking for a highly motivated individual with excellent scientific record. Successful candidates must be good experimentators and possess strong com-munication skills. Ideally, the candidates are adept to scientific publication and have previous experience in microbiology and bio-electrochemistry.

What we offer
The University of Bremen and its Center for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology offer an excellent scientific environment for interdisciplinary research. The full-time position is affiliated to the Department of Environmental Process Engineering. Our interdisciplinary research is focused on fundamentals, materials, and processes for sustainable environmental engineering and biotechnology.

Contact details: 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Sven Kerzenmacher kerzenmacher@uni-bremen.de www.uvt.uni-bremen.de
Contact email address: 
kerzenmacher@uni-bremen.de
Expiration date: 
Friday, May 31, 2019

PhD position Aarhus University: Understanding the interactions of bacteria with electrodes and metals

Description: 

Research area and project description:
Some bacteria have the remarkable capacity to interact with electrodes and metals. These interactions can be applied for the development of highly interesting technologies, such as microbial electrosynthesis, in which bacteria are fed with electricity to convert CO2 into biofuels and biochemicals. On the other hand, such interactions can cause material degradation by biocorrosion. So far, the interactions of bacteria with electrodes and metals are not yet well understood, even though such an understanding is crucial for the development of new technologies and to prevent biocorrosion.

The PhD candidate will investigate the H2 utilization thermodynamics and kinetics of different anaerobic bacteria and explore their possible correlation with the rates of the microbial electrosynthesis and biocorrosion. The PhD candidate will also be involved in educational activities as supervisor for Master’s and Bachelor’s student projects, as well as teaching assistant in courses related to his/her expertise.
 

Qualifications and specific competences:
We are looking for talented and enthusiastic applicants with a Master’s degree in Microbiology, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, or another discipline with a relevant specialisation. Practical experience within electromicrobiology, biocorrosion, anaerobic cultivation, etc. will be seen as a plus. A theoretical background with microbial thermodynamics and kinetics will be important for this project. Analytical and critical thinking is essential to pursuing a PhD. Further requirements are English fluency, good reporting skills and being able to work independently.
 

Place of employment and place of work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work will be in the Research Group on Microbial Electrosynthesis, Section of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Department of Engineering, Hangøvej 2, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark. The Research group on Microbial Electrosynthesis is a recently started group within the strongly growing and highly dynamic section of Biological and Chemical Engineering, located in the vibrant student-city of Aarhus.

Contact details: 
The project will be supervised by Assistant Professor Jo Philips and Associate Professor Alberto Scoma from Department of Engineering. Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Assistant Professor Jo Philips (jo.philips@eng.au.dk) or Associate Professor Alberto Scoma (as@eng.au.dk).
Contact email address: 
jo.philips@eng.au.dk
Expiration date: 
Friday, February 1, 2019

PhD student position on the microbial ecology of bioelectrodes at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Description: 

In this PhD project, you will focus on microbial communities that oxidize organic compounds and generate electrical current at bioanodes. You will investigate how the microbial communities assemble and develop over time, and how various factors affect their composition and performance. You will build, operate and analyze the performance of bioelectrochemical systems and you will use various molecular tools and computational methods to study the microbial communities.
The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research studies. As a PhD student you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in written form. In addition, the position may include up to 20% departmental work, mostly teaching duties in the Master program ”Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering” and the undergraduate program in Civil Engineering.

The employment is expected begin in the spring of 2019 and is limited to four years plus the time spent on departmental work (a maximum of five years in total).
Please go to the external link (which can also be found under “Vacancies” at www.chalmers.se) for information on how to apply.

Contact details: 
Oskar Modin
Contact email address: 
oskar.modin@chalmers.se
Expiration date: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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

Description: 

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.

Contact details: 
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

Description: 

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

Contact details: 
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

Description: 

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.

Contact details: 
For informal inquiries please contact Professor Igor Goryanin goryanin@gmail.com
Contact email address: 
goryanin@oist.jp
Expiration date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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