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Postdoctoral fellowship (2 years) within microbial production of arginine from forest-industrial residual streams

Published 2021-06-21

The Department of Chemistry is looking for a postdoctoral fellow for the project "High-throughput development of improved microbial production of arginine from forest-industrial residual streams". The fellowship is full-time for two years. Welcome with your application no later than September 30, 2021.

Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry at Umeå University is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology and has about 200 employees, of which about 40 are doctoral students, and a strong and expanding research. Three major research areas, Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry and Technical Chemistry bring together the research of the department and the education in chemistry. We are also a strong partner within KBC Chemical-Biological Center in Umeå. KBC Chemical-Biological Center offers an exciting research environment with excellent resources with regard to research infrastructure.

Project description
The project "High-throughput development of improved microbial production of arginine from forest-industrial residual streams" will be carried out as a collaboration between Umeå University, RISE Processum and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The amino acid arginine has been shown to have several good properties as a biofertilizer for forest plants. The project concept is based on the use of forest-industrial residual streams as production medium for arginine-producing microbial strains, which will be developed with respect to increased arginine production through advanced molecular mutagenesis and selection.

The project will benefit from new investments in research infrastructure that RISE is making in Örnsköldsvik within the framework of the High Coast Innovation Park. The research groups behind the project are linked to the Strategic Research Environment Bio4Energy, which is dedicated to high-quality research and education in the biorefinery area.

Participation in the project will provide further merits in areas such as development and selection of microbial strains, molecular and physiological characterization of microorganisms, chemical analysis of fermentation products, and biorefinery processes based on the use of forest-industrial residual streams. The postdoctoral studies will include both experimental microbiological and biochemical methods as well as training in written and oral communication of research results.

The fellowship covers full-time studies for two years starting on January 1, 2022, or by agreement. Place of study is Örnsköldsvik. The fellowship amount is SEK 300,000 per year and the project is financed by the Kempe Foundations.

Eligibility requires a doctoral degree or a foreign degree that is deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree with focus on biochemistry, chemical engineering, biotechnology or equivalent. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this may be considered if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical practice, appointments of trust in trade unions, or similar circumstances.

Other requirements include good co-operation skills and good knowledge of oral and written English. Documented theoretical and laboratory skills in biochemistry and microbiology, or equivalent areas, are required.

Practical knowledge of the analysis of metabolites by liquid chromatography (e.g. HPLC and HPAEC) is desirable. It is further meritorious with theoretical and laboratory experience of development and selection of microorganisms, of molecular analysis of microorganisms, of big data analysis and statistical methods, of high-throughput systems, and of biochemical separation processes. Knowledge of biorefinery processes, including forest-industrial processes, is also an advantage.

A full application should include:
  • Personal letter that summarizes qualifications, research interests, and the reasons for applying for the fellowship,
  • Curriculum vitae with publication list,
  • Certified copy of doctoral degree certificate,
  • Certified copies of other diplomas, list of completed academic courses and grades,
  • Contact information for at least two reference persons
Submit your application as a PDF marked with the reference number FS 2.1.7-1414-21, both in the file name and in the subject field of the email, to medel@diarie.umu.se. The application can be written in English (preferably) or Swedish. Application deadline is September 30, 2021.

Further information
For more information, please contact Professor Leif Jönsson, phone: +46-(0)90-786 6811, e-mail: leif.jonsson@umu.se

Welcome with your application!