The research group of Environmental Biotechnology in the Center for Applied Geosciences at the University of Tübingen ( http://envbiotech.de/
) is looking for an excellent postdoctoral researcher
to support our international, interdisciplinary, and dynamic team of environmental/biological engineers, microbiologists, biotechnologists, and molecular biologists.
The research in the Environmental Biotechnology group focuses on the recovery of carbon from diverse waste streams by open, defined-mixed, and pure microbial cultures. Examples of utilized platforms are: 1) syngas fermentation or power-to-x to recover carbon from industrial waste gases as chemicals; 2) chain elongation of ethanol and acetate or lactate to extractable medium-chain carboxylic acids; 3) storage of electric power via power-to-gas with microbial systems, such as with methanogenic archaea; and 4) single-cell protein production from carbon dioxide and hydrogen and oxygen gases, which we refer to as power-to-protein. We apply methods from bioreactor design and operation (lab- and pilot-scale), genetic engineering, and systems biology.
The project will focus on a biotechnological approach to radically change the way our societies produce chemicals. Current chemical production relies on fossil resources and this must be fundamentally changed. Our societies emit too much carbon dioxide. This emission can be lowered by using carbon dioxide as a feedstock to produce methane, protein, and chemicals, as part of the power-to-gas, power-to-protein, and power-to-chemicals (power-to-x) transformation. Renewable power is first utilized to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas, which can, for example, be used as electron donor and acceptor, respectively, in our 2-stage bioprocess system. This system reduces carbon dioxide into acetate with hydrogen in the first bioreactor and then oxidizes acetate with oxygen in the second bioreactor. We are looking for a post-doctoral research associate that can build and operate anaerobic gas fermentation bioreactors at the liter scale to optimize the carbon dioxide reduction bioprocess.
Qualified candidates would ideally have a doctoral degree in (micro)biology, biotechnology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, or related fields. The available position is part of a larger project that is funded from the Humboldt Professorship grant. This project includes close collaborations with research groups from other German research institutions.
The successful candidate is expected to be involved in managing the project, which includes the supervision of bachelor and master students. Furthermore, she/he will closely interact with collaboration partners. Therefore, very good English language skills are necessary. Other requirements include the ability to work independently and in teams, have excellent management and communication skills, and be self-motivated. The candidate will have the opportunity to present her/his results in international journals and conferences.
The position is intended to be filled as soon as possible. The contract is for 2 years and the employment will be arranged by the administration of the University of Tübingen (salary TVL E13, 100%). The adjustment takes place via the ZV. The University of Tübingen is seeking to increase the proportion of women in science and teaching, and therefore we are especially asking qualified women to apply. Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification.
Applications (in English), as one pdf document, including cover letter, CV, overview of techniques and methods used in the past, transcripts and diplomas, and contact address of at least two referees should be sent by firstname.lastname@example.org
. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Prof. Lars Angenent
Environmental Biotechnology Group, Center for Applied Geosciences, University of Tübingen.