2 postdocs and 1 laboratory technician positions: Center for Electromicrobiology, Aarhus University, Denmark
The newly established Center of Excellence – the Center for Electromicrobiology (CEM) at Aarhus University, Denmark – seeks 2 outstanding postdocs and 1 laboratory technician with a keen interest and strong skills for one of the following areas of research:
- Molecular and structural biology of electrically-conductive proteins
- Functional genomics and microbial physiology of electron-conducting microbes
- Interactions and processes in electric microbial communities
All positions are based at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, in an interdisciplinary setting including the Section for Microbiology, Department of Bioscience, the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, and The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. These departments offer an international working environment with state-of-the-art facilities for molecular and ecological microbiology, next generation sequencing, electrochemistry, and electron microscopy.
- 2 postdoc positions: 2 year contracts. One postdoc will work primarily with the structural and functional characterization of proteins presumably involved in long-distance electron conductance, while the other will primarily investigate cable bacteria metabolism and associations with other organisms.
- 1 laboratory technician: The position is limited to 5 years with the possibility of a 4-year extension if the Danish National Research Foundation extends the grant to the Center.
We expect the applicants to:
- Have a strong background in microbial ecology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related fields, with an outstanding curriculum
- Be highly dedicated, self-motivated and ambitious
- Have excellent collaborative skills and an interest to work in an interdisciplinary center.
About the Center
The aim of CEM is to establish a novel view on electron flow between living cells by addressing three overarching research questions: how are the electrons transported, how are they exploited by the cells, and how do they shape ecosystems?
The centimeter-long cable bacteria with internal electron conductors connecting thousands of cells will have the main role in CEM’s endeavors: their large-scale separation of biological anode and cathode processes allows detailed experimental studies of the associated conductors and metabolisms, and their apparent electron exchange with many other bacteria will provide exceptional insights into electric ecosystems.
The center applies a combination of microbiological, biogeochemical, molecular biological and electrochemical approaches, including microfluidics, modeling, next generation sequencing, Cryo-EM, and computational biology.