Postdoc position in Organic Process (Photo)Chemistry
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chemistry field. The department has more than 260 employees and has a turnover
just over 260 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. More information is available on our website.
We now seek a postdoctoral fellow to work jointly in the groups of Henrik
Ottosson (organic photochemistry) and Pia Lindberg, Karin Stensjö and Peter
Lindblad (bioengineering). The Ottosson group pioneers the broad application
of the excited state aromaticity/antiaromaticity concepts within
photochemistry, and is since recently active in research on photochemical
formation of solar fuels. The Lindberg, Stensjö and Lindblad groups are
international leaders in the design of genetically engineered cyanobacteria;
photosynthetic microorganisms that can be used as cell factories for the
direct production of solar fuels, i.e., the fourth generation of biofuels
where CO2 is in Örnsköldsvik and at start-up companies in Gothenburg. The
postdoctoral position is externally funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.
Subject description: Light can be used as an energy source for the
production of chemicals in both biotechnology and organic chemistry. We have
formulated a combined photobiological-photochemical approach for production of
kerosene-type hydrocarbons suitable as sustainable aviation fuels. In this
approach we use CO2 as the sole carbon source and (solar) light as energy
source. The approach is presently at the proof-of-principle stage (TRL2),
yet the ambition is to develop it to a higher TRL. The research tasks of the
postdoc will involve (i) bioprocess engineering, including development of
procedures for condensation and transfer of the volatile hydrocarbons formed
photobiologically to the photochemical reactor, and (ii) scale-up of the
photochemical reactor for oligomerization. Parts of the project will be
carried out at RISE Processum in Örnsköldsvik.
Work duties: The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to
conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of
Detailed description of the work duties, such as:
To develop a method for condensation of the volatile hydrocarbons produced
in the photobioreactors.
To operate and maintain photobioreactors for cultivation of photosynthetic
To design and scale up the photochemical reactors for oligomerization of
the volatile hydrocarbons, and optimize the photochemical oligomerization.
To carry out standard biological, biochemical and chemical analyses.
To participate in the writing of scientific papers and reports.
Assist in the supervision of PhD students and MSc students
Requirements: For employment as postdoc, the applicant should have a PhD
exam or an international equivalent within the field of bioprocess
engineering, chemical engineering, applied organic chemistry or other for the
position relevant fields, within a maximum of three (3) years before the
final application date. During certain circumstances, an earlier PhD can be
acceptable. Certain circumstances include leave due to illness, parental
leave, in trade unions, etc. The assessment of applications is based primarily
on the applicant's ability to conduct independent research based on scientific
skill. Greater importance is attached to the quality of individual scientific
work, than to the amount of publications.
The applicant should have:
Experience in either design and scale-up of processes and reactors for
organic chemical reactions or in bioprocess engineering, especially
Experience of the (bio)chemical engineering unit operations, especially
condensation and gas separation.
Excellent knowledge in English, both spoken and written
A clear desire to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and
independence, and how the applicant's experience and skills complement and
strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to
contribute to its future development.
Experiences in organic photochemistry and/or collaborations with industry
will be additional merits.
Application procedure: The application should be written in English and
include: (i) a Letter of motivation, containing a short description of your
research interests and why you feel you are a good match for the project;
(ii) CV including a description of relevant skills and experiences, as well
as a list of your publications; (iii) a copy of your PhD certificate; and
(iv) names and contact information of three persons who can provide a letter
of reference in support of your application, with a short description of how
these individuals are professionally related to you.
Salary: Individual pay.
Starting date: 2021-07-01 or as soon as possible thereafter (latest on
Type of employment: Temporary position for two years.
Scope of employment: 100 %.
For further information about the position please contact: Henrik
Ottosson +46 18 471 7476 firstname.lastname@example.org, Pia Lindberg +46 18 471
6587 email@example.com, Karin Stensjö +46 18 471 6586
firstname.lastname@example.org, Peter Lindblad +46 18 471 2826
Please submit your application by 30 June 2021, UFV-PA 2021/2492.
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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.
Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory
Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/2492
Last application date: 2021-06-30