Postdoc in Electrochemically Assisted Microbial CO2 Reduction

Aalborg University


July 10, 2021


Postdoc in Electrochemically Assisted Microbial CO2 Reduction


At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, a position as Postdoc to investigate electrochemical induced carbon capture in microorganisms, is open for appointment from 01.09.2021 – 30.09.2023 or soon hereafter. The position is located within the Section of Biotechnology with working place in Aalborg.

Job description

The Post Doc project is an interdisciplinary high-risk high-gain project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. It is related to development and proof- of-concept demonstration of a highly efficient combined electrochemical/microbial CO2 reduction that follows a completely new concept. Through the application of advanced molecular techniques it is the aim to study how electrochemical stimulation of the enzymatic pathways related to carbon capture. The research group collaborates with external partners in a mission driven development of new energy technology for the green transition.

The candidate will be applying combinations of metagenomics and proteomics in combinations with isotopes (C13-labelled substrates) for the study of induced carbon capture activity in complex microbial samples with the aim to study the involved enzymology.

You are expected to have practical experience with microbial processes and advanced molecular biology (combining metagenomics and metaproteomics) and work with isotopes. Experiences with analytical methods for the degradation of recalcitrant compounds and good skills in scientific dissemination of results are an advantage.

Limited teaching within the area can be expected.

The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience consists of five sections of which three are situated in Aalborg with research and teaching in Biotechnology, Applied Chemistry and Biology & Environmental Science. Moreover, one section is located in Copenhagen on Sustainable Biotechnology and one section is situated in Esbjerg on Chemical Engineering. You will be collaborating with other members of the Functional Ecology group under the supervision by Professor Jeppe Lund Nielsen.

Competences of the successful applicant:

  • Hold an outstanding Master degree in Biotechnology, Bioprocess Engineering or in a relevant program
  • Research experience in microbial processes
  • Experience with genomics and proteomics
  • Complex problem solving skills and critical thinking
  • Ability to work in an international team
  • Inter- and multidisciplinary thinking
  • Highly motivated
  • Ability to conduct work in a structured and systematic manner and with a sufficient degree of independence
  • An integrative and cooperative personality with excellent communication and social skills
  • Fluency in English – written and oral
  • You may obtain further information about the project from Prof. Jeppe Lund Nielsen by e-mail:

    Qualification requirements:

    Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

    The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.
  • The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

    Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

    AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

    For further information concerning the application procedure please contact HR-Partner Lone Lund by mail or phone (+45) 9940 3494.

    Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here


    Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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