EU-funded Postdoc position in Synthetic Biology for Gas Fermentation

University of Tartu (UT)

Tartu, Estonia


The ERA Chair in Gas Fermentation Technologies (GasFermTEC) was established at the University of Tartu (UT), Estonia with EU-funds (~2.5m Euro) in 2019 with the aim to address global challenges of biosustainability through integration of gas fermentation technologies with systems and synthetic biology. This project builds upon the recently developed cutting-edge systems biology platform (Valgepea et al. 2017, Cell Systems; Valgepea et al. 2017, Metabolic Engineering; Valgepea et al. 2018, Biotechnology for Biofuels; Lemgruber, Valgepea et al. 2019 Metabolic Engineering; Lemgruber, Valgepea et al. 2019, Frontiers in Microbiology) and state-of-the art gas fermentation facility at GasFermTEC enabling rational metabolic engineering of gas-fermenting acetogens. GasFermTEC also collaborates with the biotechnology industry leader in gas fermentation LanzaTech for developing sustainable waste-to-chemical bioprocesses.

UT is seeking for a Postdoc to lead engineering of acetogen cell factories for gas fermentation using synthetic biology. Duration of position is 3 years and position reports to Dr Kaspar Valgepea, Group Leader at GasFermTEC.


The Postdoc will establish synthetic biology tools for acetogens to perform systems biology-guided engineering of acetogen cell factories for chemical production in gas fermentation.


UT is seeking for a highly motivated, creative, and ambitious researcher with experience in microbiology and synthetic biology. Experience with anaerobic techniques is a plus. A PhD degree or near-completion of PhD studies in Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, or in a related field is required.


- Culturing microbes – Application of synthetic biology tools – Good knowledge in microbial physiology


- 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


- Exciting project in the field of gas fermentation

- International working environment and collaboration network

- Salary between 1500-3000 Euro/month (before tax) depending on qualifications and experience

To apply for this position, send a letter describing your motivation and skills, a CV, and contact details of two referees to by June 30th, 2020. Position starts preferably from August-September 2020. Work will be carried out at GasFermTEC, Institute of Technology, UT. Further information regarding the positions from Group Leader Dr. Kaspar Valgepea (e-mail:

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EU-funded Postdoc position in Synthetic Biology for Gas Fermentation