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Postdoctoral fellowship in Microbial Chemistry

Postdoctoral fellowship in Microbial Chemistry, Department of chemistry – Ångström, Uppsala University

Project description: We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow 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 synthetic biology and biochemistry to modify and analyze the enzymes and biosynthetic 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. 

Projects: The postdoctoral fellow will join in a project aiming to generate strains of cyanobacteria with new capabilities in formation of renewable chemicals. Rational- as well as computer-aided-design are strategies we use to predict targets for metabolic engineering. 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 protein engineering and developing photobioreactor system for optimal production and harvesting of product. Molecular and biochemical techniques are used to analyze the cells’ response to genetic and environmental changes, in terms of productivity, growth, photosynthesis, and other characteristics. The successful candidate will develop and perform research in this area. The project is multidisciplinary and could be tailor-made to the post doc candidate.

Qualifications: The applicant must at the appointed starting date have a PhD in molecular biology, molecular biotechnology, biochemistry or related area, with strong practical experience in molecular biotechnology, biochemistry and/or systems biology and synthetic biology. 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.

As a postdoctoral fellow in this project, you will receive a scholarship for 1+1 year. Starting: 2021. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For further information about the fellowship please contact: Associate Professor Karin Stensjö, phone: +46 184716586, e-mail: 

Read more on what is going on in the Stensjö lab and here

Please submit your application to: , with the subject: Postdoc application “your name” 2021.