PhD in Chemistry with Specialization in Microbial Chemistry

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in chemistry at Uppsala University. Applicants should apply before January 27, 2019.

The Department of Chemistry – ngstrm conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 200 employees and has a turnover of 200 million SEK. At the department’s six programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. We have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation and we see continued good growth in our subject area. The department has education assignments in engineering and civil engineering programs and master’s programs.

Subject description/research project:As a graduate student in Microbial Chemistry, you will be part of a research group that has the long-term goal of using advanced genetic engineering to develop photosynthetic microorganisms converting solar energy and atmospheric carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels in direct processes. The model system is cyanobacteria. In this externally funded research project, Sustainable production of solar fuels, the focus is on developing cyanobacterial cells with increased carbon dioxide fixation in combination with an efficient alcohol (ethanol and butanol) production. Obtained engineered cells will be used to demonstrate sustainable solar fuels production in small scale photobioreactors.

Work duties:Independently and in cooperation with both other members of the Microbial chemistry research group and international partners engineer cyanobacteria to fix more carbon dioxide and to, in direct processes, produce solar fuels (ethanol and butanol). Analyze obtained cells for carbon dioxide fixation and solar fuel production when grown under different conditions. Use the best performing strains in small scale photobioreactors to demonstrate a sustainable solar fuels production.


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