Postdoc in Electromicrobiology

The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applicants for a 2-year postdoc position on the Electromicrobiology of homoacetogenic bacteria.

The position is available from 15/06/2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
You are expected to investigate the H2 utilization thermodynamics and kinetics of homoacetogenic bacteria and explore if differences in the H2 utilization thermodynamics and kinetics can explain the different capacities of homoacetogenic strains to withdraw electrons from electrodes and zero-valent iron. This work aims to increase the understanding of extracellular electron uptake mechanisms of homoacetogenic bacteria, which is of importance to optimize applications such as microbial electrosynthesis and to develop strategies against biocorrosion.

You will also be involved in educational activities as supervisor of master and bachelor student projects and will have the opportunity to teach in courses related to your expertise.

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in Microbiology, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, or another relevant discipline. Previous experience with electromicrobiology, bioelectrochemical systems, biocorrosion or the physiology of anaerobic bacteria is required. A theoretical background with microbial thermodynamics and kinetics will be important for this project. Additional requirements are English fluency, excellent reporting skills, being able to work independently and an enthusiastic mentality.

Applicants are encouraged to include a max. 1-page statement on their research ideas on the proposed project and to include the contact information of two references.

About the Microbial Electrosynthesis Research Group
The Microbial Electrosynthesis Research group is a recently started group studying the microbial processes behind microbial electrosynthesis, biocorrosion and gas fermentation with as goal to improve the applications of these processes. The Microbial Electrosynthesis Research Group is part of the growing and highly dynamic section of Biological and Chemical Engineering.

About the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section
Biological and Chemical Engineering is a multidisciplinary research area. It includes disease and health, materials, environmental technologies, biorefining, energy technologies and food and ingredient technology. The research at the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section at Department of Engineering is based on both theoretical and experimental methods, and include the design, development, operation, monitoring, control, and optimization of chemical, physical and biological processes.

The place of work is at Hangøvej 2, 8200 Aarhus and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. Aarhus University is located in the vibrant city of Aarhus.

For further information please contact: Assistant Professor Jo Philips, (

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

Deadline 30 Apr

Expected start 15 Jun

  • Department of Engineering – Biological and Chemical Engineering, Hangøvej Hangøvej 2, 8200 Aarhus N
  • Fixed term full-time position 15 Jun 2019 – 14 Jun 2021 ID: 632


Read the job description at the university homepage

Post expires on Tuesday April 30th, 2019