Postdoctoral Position in Industrial Biotechnology on Xylanolytic Yeasts

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden has an opening postdoctoral scholar position in molecular biology. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for three years in Sweden. The deadline for applying is August 31, 2019.

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 division

The Division of Industrial Biotechnology ( is a highly international group, which since it’s establisment in 2008 has been very successful and now counts ~40 members. Research activities at the division focus on utilization of renewable raw materials for a sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. The research performed within the group spans from fundamental research to technology development and lab-scale applications, and includes enzymology and enzyme discovery, fermentation technology, metabolic engineering, bioelectrochemistry, and algal biotechnology. The division has an extensive instrument platform for analytics, molecular biology, fermentation and protein production and purification, which are all available for the project. In addition, core facilities with advanced equipment are available within both the Department and at the University campus.

Information about the project

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral candidate for a project where the overall aim is to deepen our understanding of which yeast species can break down the xylan part of lignocellulosic biomass, and to identify and characterize new xylanolytic enzymes with unique properties that can be used in the industry for the production of biofuels and biochemicals. Bioinformatic data-mining, yeast and enzyme characterization and genomics and proteomics methods will be used to reached the project objectives. The project is funded by Carl Trygger foundation, and the successful candidate will be employed on a two year postdoc stipend.

Major responsibilities

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. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).


The candidate must hold a doctoral degree, generally not older than three years, in Biotechnology/Bioengineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or other related disciplines. Experience in Eukaryotic microbiology, Enzymology and Molecular biology techniques is required. Know-how of plant cell wall biotechnology, heterologous protein expression and secretion in yeast, omics and analytical techniques are highly qualifying merits.

The successful candidate has an outstanding academic track record and has published as first author in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. Important qualities are enthusiasm, to be able to drive and conclude projects independently, take own initiatives and discuss/develop own ideas, be creative and have a problem-solving ability. Excellent cooperation and social abilities are important, and the candidare must also be highly proficient in spoken and written English.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190385 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. number)

- Introduce yourself

- Describe your previous research fields and main research results

- Describe your future goals and future research focus

Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Application deadline: 31 August 2019

Dr. Cecilia Geijer, Biology and Biological Engineering,, +46(0)31 772 3852

Deadline: August 31, 2019
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