Postdoc Position in Multi-omics and Genetics of Methanogens

University of Southern Denmark


March 1, 2022


Postdoc Position in Multi-omics and Genetics of Methanogens

A two-year postdoctoral research position is available from 1 May 2022 at the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, in the research team led by Dr A.-E. Rotaru. The team is interdisciplinary, covering aspects of environmental and applied microbiology, microbial physiology, cell biology, and bioelectro-chemistry. Application deadline: 1 March 2022.

The overarching aim of the project is to explore (1) the mechanisms of electron uptake in methanogens capable of using a cathode as their electron donor (electro-methanogenesis) and (2) genetically manipulate these microorganisms to improve the conversion of waste gas, carbon dioxide (e.g. from biogas) to methane – a fuel we can easily store.

Responsibilities Your primary tasks will be to:

  • design and/or develop gene expression vectors
  • genetically manipulate cells to overexpress genes of interest using either targeted mutagenesis or directed evolution (cycles of random mutagenesis and selection)
  • screen genome-wide for mutations
  • analyse gene expression data (meta-transcriptome and/or proteome)
  • assist with de novo assembly of microbial genomes
  • teach - including training (lab-supervision) of two PhD students, and additional master and bachelor students.
  • Qualifications To be considered for this position the applicants should have:

  • A PhD degree in molecular, applied, or environmental microbiology, microbial genetics, omics and/or bioinformatics, or closely related fields
  • Wet-lab experience in fields like molecular microbiology, microbial genetics, genomics, and expression studies of non-model microorganisms
  • Computation experience working with DNA/RNA/protein sequencing data and handling big data
  • Creativity, and ability to develop and follow-up on new ideas, coupled with an interest to apply for research funding
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Expertise working with methanogens or bioelectro-chemistry is an asset, but not essential. You should be independent, and interested in working in an interdisciplinary, and international environment (18+ nationalities) sharing ideas and collaborating with people from different fields.

    For further information, please contact: Associate Professor Amelia-Elena Rotaru, e-mail:, Phone: +45 81920352.

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    Application, salary etc. The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

    The application must include the following: 1. A motivation letter (max. one page) 2. A curriculum vitae (max. two pages) including information on skills 3. A synopsis (max. one page) of the applicant's most important research discoveries and how this expertise matches the position advertised 4. A full list of publications stating the scientific publications on which the applicant wishes to rely. 5. Two letters of recommendation. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

    Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

    Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

    To qualify you must have passed a PhD or equivalent. Applications will be assessed by an expert assessor/committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the university.

    The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

    Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

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    Campus: Odense

    Application deadline: 01/03/2022