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.
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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: email@example.com 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
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