Postdoctoral position in Systems Biology of Gas Fermentation

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 17 Feb 2019

University of Tartu, Estonia and a leading biotechnology company LanzaTech, USA are collaborating for large-scale systems-level quantification of gas-fermenting acetogen genotype-phenotype relationships.


University of Tartu (UT) is ranked in the top 2% of universities of the world and 5th in the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia. Institute of Technology, UT is establishing a group in gas fermentation research focusing on systems metabolic engineering. LanzaTech is the biotechnology industry leader in gas fermentation developing sustainable waste-to-chemical bioprocesses.

UT is seeking for a postdoc to lead large-scale systems-level quantification of gas-fermenting acetogen genotype-phenotype relationships. Duration of project is 4 years. Position reports to PI Dr Kaspar Valgepea.


The postdoc will be screening a large-scale strain library followed by detailed phenotype characterisation of selected genotypes in bioreactor cultures using systems biology tools.


UT is seeking for a highly motivated, ambitious, and critical postdoc with experience in microbiology and systems biology. Experience in operating bioreactors is a plus. A PhD in Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, or in a related field is required* (see below for details).


• Culturing microbes (preferably anaerobes) • Application of systems biology tools (e.g. –omics)

• Extensive knowledge in microbial physiology and quantitative analysis


• Ability to work independently and in a team • Excellent organisational and record keeping skills

• Strong motivation for personal development • Good communication and English language skills


• Pioneering project in the field of gas fermentation • Collaboration with a leading biotech company

• International working environment and collaboration network • Competitive salary

To apply for this position, send a letter describing your motivation and skills, a CV, and contact details of two referees to by February 17th , 2019 . Position start preferably from April 2019. Work will be carried out at the Institute of Technology, UT. Further information regarding the position from Dr. Kaspar Valgepea (e-mail: ).

*A copy of a document (including its annexes) is required which shows the candidate to hold the required qualification (authorized translation into Estonian or English if the credential is not in one of these languages). A candidate can be required to submit the original or a certified copy of the document (including its annexes) showing the candidate to hold the required qualification. If the candidate has acquired the higher education in question abroad, he or she may be required to submit an assessment issued by the Academic Recognition Information Centre (the Estonian ENIC/NARIC) of his or her qualification in respect of the qualification requirements for the position

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