Postdoc position in Molecular Biomimetics

Updated: 25 days ago
Deadline: 01 Jun 2022

Published: 2022-05-19

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E.coli integration with anodes in electrochemical cells is widely applied for the construction of so-called microbial fuel cells, in which currents are sustained via cellular oxidation of organic substrates. An alternative and highly promising approach is to integrate living cells with the cathode of an electrochemical cell. Such systems, often referred to as hybrid biological-inorganic (HBI) systems comprise biocompatible electrodes that transduce electrical energy either directly or indirectly into bioavailable energy, which subsequently is utilized by microorganisms for the production of value-added chemicals. The project aims at developing an electrode-cell interface allowing to drive E. coli metabolism electrochemically.

The applicant will work on an interdisciplinary project that involves electrochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics. The primary role of the postdoc will be to identify and optimize electron transfer pathways on the electrode/cell interface. The main duties of the postdoc is to devote themselves to their research but work duties may also include supervision of degree projects and doctoral students.

PhD degree in physical chemistry, material chemistry or similar, or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for employment. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Due to special circumstances, the degree may have been obtained earlier. The three years can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

Documented experience in electrocatalysis is required.

Additional qualifications
Special consideration will be given to applicants with additional experience in single entity electrochemistry, bioelectrochemistry and/or experimental characterization of materials.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of two years according to central collective agreement. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1st of September 2022 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala, Sweden.

For further information about the position, please contact: Alina Sekretareva (

Please submit your application by 1 June 2022, UFV-PA 2022/1944.

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Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/1944

Last application date: 2022-06-01

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