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Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbial Physiology or Redox Biochemistry

Application closes on

31.7.2020

Place

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Position

Teaching and research positions

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

The Biochemistry group develops energy-relevant biochemical transformations, in particular the interconversion of electricity to fuels. For a project funded by the Academy of Finland, we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher with strong knowledge in Microbial Physiology, Metabolic Regulation or Redox Biochemistry

The goal is to study the reversible interconversion of methane to CO2 and single electrons and potentially to cultivate methanogens and methanotrophs on electrodes or artificial electron carriers.

The project involves direct electron transfer via multi-heme cytochromes to reversibly interconvert alkanes to electricity, a process that mimics the anode of a methane fuel cell at cold temperatures.

Research is carried out at our excellent facilities at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering (http://www.bioeconomyinfra.fi/). The laboratories are situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi (short metro-ride from Helsinki) within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.

Research description

The project may be adjusted according to the talents and preferences of the applicants. Most experiments will be performed in anaerobic chambers or custom-made vessels. It involves growth of genetically modified methanogens or methanotrophs on electrodes in custom-made systems. Possible task areas are:

  • Understanding of redox-biochemistry and metabolic regulation in methanogens
  • Understanding redox-sensing and substrate switch in methanogens
  • Development/synthesis of soluble electron donors and acceptors
  • Cultivation of methanogens or methanotrophs in bioelectric systems

Requirements

  • PhD in a suitable field, such as Microbial physiology, Biophysics or Redox biochemistry or Electromicrobiology
  • Be highly committed to science and strive for excellence
  • Develop own smart ideas and think independently
  • Be able to focus on solving tough scientific problems

Skills, knowledge or interest in some of the following areas are highly appreciated:

  • Microbial physiology and regulation
  • Electro(bio)chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic chemistry for synthesis of redox active compounds

We offer

  • High-end laboratory infrastructure and friendly colleagues
  • Opportunity to work in a newly established research group
  • Freedom to bring in own ideas
  • Funding for 2 years

For more information

For additional scientific information, please contact Prof. Silvan Scheller, in matters related to the recruitment process contact HR Coordinator Tiina Torvinen, e-mails: (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi).

How to apply (deadline July 31st 2020)

Follow the instructions below, submit only pdf files:

  • Cover letter (start as follows: “I am interested in this position because… “)
  • CV, incl. list of publications
  • Research interest description (focus on future research, mention tasks you are particularly interested to perform)
  • Names and contact details of references

All materials should be provided in English through the online recruitment system (link below).

University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period. Interested?

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply now!

Post expires on Friday July 31st, 2020

Postdoctoral Researchers in Enzyme Engineering or Biochemistry

Application closes on

31.7.2020

Place

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Position

Teaching and research positions

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

For “ExtremoForm”, a joint Academy of Finland project at Aalto University and at VTT- Technical Research Centre of Finland, we are looking for a:

Postdoctoral Researchers in Enzyme Engineering or Biochemistry

Formic acid is discussed as an alternative form of hydrogen storage. Our concept is to convert CO2 + H2 directly to formic acid via next generation formate dehydrogenases. Our overall goal is to find, express and engineer formate dehydrogenases to become extremely acid-tolerant. To achieve our goal, we established a consortium involving:  

  • Biochemistry (postdoc with Prof. Silvan Scheller, Aalto)
  • Catalysis (postdoc with Prof. Jan Deska, Aalto):
  • Environmental genomics (with Dr. Malin Bomberg, VTT)

Research is carried out at our excellent facilities at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering (http://www.bioeconomyinfra.fi/). The laboratories are situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi (short metro-ride from Helsinki). One position is in the Scheller group within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems; the other position is in the Deska group within the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science.  

Research description

The postdoc works on the interface towards environmental genomics, with the goal of bringing extremophilic enzymes alive. Key tasks include expression of extremely acid-tolerant formate dehydrogenases, assessment of enzyme parameters in vitro, and to control function via enzyme engineering to push the limit of acid tolerance.

Requirements

To be eligible, you need to:

  • have a PhD in a suitable field, such as Enzyme engineering, biochemistry, catalysis, organic chemistry
  • be highly committed to science and strive for excellence
  • develop own smart ideas and think independently
  • be able to focus on solving tough scientific problems

Skills, knowledge or interest in some of the following areas are highly appreciated:

  • Enzymology, protein purification
  • Directed evolution
  • Anaerobic biochemistry
  • Spectroscopic methods (X-ray crystallography, NMR, EPR, Electrochemistry)
  • Organic chemistry/synthesis

We offer

  • High-end laboratory infrastructure and friendly colleagues
  • Opportunity to work in a newly established research group
  • Freedom to bring in own ideas
  • Funding for 2 years with option of continuation

For more information

For additional scientific information, please contact Prof. Silvan Scheller, in matters related to the recruitment process contact HR Coordinator Tiina Torvinen, e-mails: (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi).

How to apply (deadline 31st of July 2020)

The application should include the following:

  • Cover letter (start as follows: “I am interested in this position because… “)
  • CV, incl. list of publications
  • Research interest description
  • Names and contact details of references

All materials should be provided in English as pdf files through the online recruitment system.

Review of applications starts on July 1st. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period. Interested?

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply now!

Post expires on Friday July 31st, 2020

PhD student to develop new environmental measurement technology

Application closes on

29.11.2019

Place

Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics

Position

Doctoral Candidate Positions

The Metrology Research Institute at Aalto University, Finland, is searching for a PhD student to develop new environmental measurement technology targeting real-time characterization of microplastic particles in lakes, rivers and oceans. Such new measurement technology is acutely needed to study the impact of plastic littering and the subsequent formation of microplastics under environmental conditions on wildlife, marine fish stock and human population.

We expect the applicant to have a solid academic background in at least one of the following fields: optics and photonics, measurement science and technology, engineering physics or electronics.

We offer exposure to international research collaboration with established academic and research institutions.

The deadline for applications is 29 November 2019. The applicants are kindly requested to submit the Cover Letter, CV and the Transcript of Academic Record directly by email to Dr. Toni Laurila.

Further information and applications: Toni Laurila, email: toni.k.laurila@aalto.fi, tel. +358 50 358 3097, web: http://spa.aalto.fi/en/research/research_groups/metrology/

Interested?
Apply now!

Read the job description at the university homepage

Post expires on Friday November 29th, 2019

Postdoc or Ph.D. student in the area of interledger DLT technologies

Application closes on

16.8.2019

Place

Department of Communications and Networking

Position

Teaching and research positions

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.


We are now looking for a Postdoc or Ph.D. student in the area of interledger DLT technologies

Are you a DLT (blockchain) expert, with a security and semantics background, with an urge to work with completely new technologies that are likely to have wide societal impact?


We are now looking for a postdoc or Ph.D. student to conduct research in the context of the forthcoming EU H2020 project PHOENIX, which involves shielding the grid against complex incidents and extensive cyber and privacy attacks. In addition to conducting research (and studies towards the Ph.D.,) the selected candidate will also act as the task leader for two tasks within the project, collaborating closely with a number of project partners over the Europe.

With the introduction of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs, aka blockchains), it has become possible to create new fully decentralised governance models.  When implementing such new governance models, especially for systems that involve IoT, the questions of data sovereignty, semantic interoperability, and federation become crucial.  In this research, these will be considered in a dynamic and distributed setting involving multiple interconnected blockchains, i.e., in an interledger technology setting. The research will also involve implementation of the needed software components, requiring strong software development skills.

Your role and goals
Your role and main goal in this work is to design, study, and implement interledger systems in the PHOENIX project context, preferably resulting in high quality publications. In addition to that, the prospective candidate must be able to care of the following tasks:

  1. Acting as the task leader for two tasks within the EU project: data sovereignty and semantic interoperability, and federated cloud/inter-ledger transactions platform
  2. Collaborating closely with a number of the 25 project partner organisations, all over the Europe.


Your network and team

The research will mainly take place in prof. (PoP) Pekka Nikander’s group, at the Department of Communications and Networking, with collaboration with other researchers in the Network Security and Trust group in the department, and with prof. Matti Lehtonen’s group at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation.  In the EU project PHOENIX, there will be altogether 25 organisations, but only two universities: Aalto and RWTH Aachen. In Pekka’s group there are currently one postdoc and four Ph.D. students, with quite diverse backgrounds of software architecture, security, business design, and mathematics. The less than two years old group is among the very few academic research groups that are both able to implement practical DLT based systems and to study their societal implications.

Your experience and ambitions
For this demanding position, we are primarily looking for a recent Ph.D. as a postdoc or a Ph.D. student with some prior EU project and/or industry competence. Your background should be in computer communications security, with good understanding of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs).  You must have enough of leadership or project management experience in order to successfully lead the two EU project tasks that are at Aalto’s responsibility.

Due to the regulations set by the PHOENIX project, the prospective candidate must be a citizen of a European Union country and eligible for receiving a security clearance.

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by using “Apply now!” link below. The call is open until August 16, 2019, but we will start reviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

To apply, please share the following application materials with us in English:

  • Motivation letter 
  • CV 
  • Degree certificate / Transcripts of studies
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • List of publications
  • Research statement
  • Recommendation letter(s) from previous supervisors or employers

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Professor of Practice Pekka Nikander pekka.nikander@aalto.fi (research related information) and HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi katja.korpinurmi@aalto.fi (application process, practical arrangements)

More information about Finland
As a living and working environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland: https://www.aalto.fi/aalto-university/international-staff-guide

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Post expires on Friday August 16th, 2019