Postdoc in Multi-omics and Genetics of Methanogens: Denmark
A two-year postdoctoral research position is available from 1 May 2022 at the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, in the research team led by Dr A.-E. Rotaru. The team is interdisciplinary, covering aspects of environmental and applied microbiology, microbial physiology, cell biology, and bioelectro-chemistry.
The overarching ai m of the project is to explore (1) the mechanisms of electron uptake in methanogens capable of using a cathode as their electron donor (electromethanogenesis) and (2) genetically manipulate these microorganisms to improve the conversion of waste gas, carbon dioxide (e.g. from biogas) to methane – a fuel we can easily store.
Your primary tasks will be to:
- design and/or develop gene expression vectors
- genetically manipulate cells to overexpress genes of interest using either targeted mutagenesis or directed evolution (cycles of random mutagenesis and selection)
- screen genome-wide for mutations
- analyse gene expression data (meta-transcriptome and/or proteome)
- assist with de novo assembly of microbial genomes
- teach – including training (lab-supervision) of two PhD students, and additional master and bachelor students .
To be considered for this position the applicants should have:
- A PhD degree in molecular, applied, or environmental microbiology, microbial genetics, omics and/or bioinformatics, or closely related fields
- Wet-lab experience in fields like molecular microbiology, microbial genetics, genomics, and expression studies of non-model microorganisms
- Computation experience working with DNA/RNA/protein sequencing data and handling big data
- Creativity, and ability to develop and follow-up on new ideas, coupled with an interest to apply for research funding
- Proficiency in spoken and written English.
- Expertise working with methanogens or bioelectro-chemistry is an asset but not essential. You should be independent, and interested in working in an interdisciplinary, and international environment (18+ nationalities) sharing ideas and collaborating with people from different fields.
1 March 2022