Postdoc in Systems and Synthetic Biology at Chalmers University of Technology

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral scholar position in nanotechnology to join Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. This fellowship is last for two years and posible to extend. The deadline for applying is December 08, 2018.

The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering was founded January 1 2015, and started off with high ambitions. The aim was to grow and become a leading center of innovation by combining the latest research in life sciences with biochemistry. And the department got off to flying start. In its first year, the numbers for publication, citation and external funding have been excellent.

The department consists of four divisions, each conducting outstanding research in the areas of industrial biotechnology, systems biology, chemical biology and food science. The overall goal is to help build a sustainable society and improve human health. Nearly 200 people from 20 countries are currently working at the department. The working environment is characterized by respect, cooperation, responsibility, creativity and job satisfaction. The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering has summarized its mission in four points: - To be an attractive environment for top-level researchers in biological engineering - To deliver top-level research results and innovative solutions for use in a sustainable society - To offer excellent education that develops creative engineers and scientists - To be a major contributor to international visibility of Chalmers Information about the research

The Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology at the Chalmers University of Technology is one of the world leading research groups within systems biology of metabolism. Our research interests involve a wide range of activities from the fundamental understanding of metabolism operation principles, combined with a highly applied research directed towards the development of new cell factories for the production of valuable chemicals and up to the studies of metabolic-related diseases.

Single celled fungi have shown promise in production of high value chemicals for personal and industrial use. However, these microbes have yet to reach their full potential at industrial scale. The first part of this project seeks to characterize S. cerevisiae alongside other fungi to further the understanding of fungal stress, via analysis of transcripts, proteins, and metabolites exposed to various stress conditions.

The second part of this project seeks to increase precursor production in diverse fungi. The approach is to create novel biosensors to molecules of interest, followed by screening libraries for increased production. These sensors and screens will be run in various fungal systems.

Major responsibilities

We are seeking a motivated, creative post-doctoral candidate interested in studying diverse fungi for use in biotechnology. The major responsibilities are to develop scientific concepts and communicate the results of your finds to the SYSBIO team. This first part of this work will involve extensive analysis of RNAseq, quantitative proteomics, and metabolomics datasets. The second part will involve creation of novel biosensors (DNA manipulation), followed by cultivation, transformation, and beta-testing in S. cerevisiae.

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master’s levels as well as supervising master’s and/or PhD students to a certain extent. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Full-time temporary employment for one year.


The candidate should have a PhD degree in biology, with extensive synthetic biology experience. The candidate should be comfortable with data analysis and figure creation in R, and should also have familiarity using Python and Matlab. Experience cultivating, imaging, and modifying diverse fungi is a bonus. Experience running and analysing data from chemostats is also a bonus.

You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish on undergraduate level after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

Read more aboutworking at Chalmersand ourbenefitsfor employees.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180627 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref.

CV, include complete list of publications

Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref.

1-3 pages where you introduce yourselfand present your qualifications.

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?

Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Application deadline: 8 December 2018

Verena Siewers


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