Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers)

Postdoctoral position in systems and synthetic biology

Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers)

Gothenburg, Sweden

Information about the research
We’re currently looking for post-doctoral research fellows to join our team to develop a next generation drug discovery platform. The innovative project is embedded in an interdisciplinary collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology and AstraZeneca. You’ll be working in a stimulating environment, have access to our existing research, and you are encouraged to pursue your own independent research in cutting edge laboratories.

What’s more, you’ll have the support of leading scientists from Chalmers and AstraZeneca, who’ll provide you with the guidance and knowledge you need to develop your career. Utilizing academic research in industrial driven applications is an opportunity to make a real difference to the future of medical science.

About the Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology (Sysbio)
The Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology at the Chalmers University of Technology is one of the world leading research groups in systems and synthetic biology. Our research interests involve a wide range of activities from understanding the fundamental operational principles of metabolism and studies of metabolic diseases, to highly applied research directed towards development of new cell factories, e.g. used as next generation drug discovery and production platforms.

Major responsibilities
The open postdoc position is in the field of synthetic biology. It is a unique opportunity working with global leaders in drug discovery and synthetic biology. You will be able to work seamlessly between two world leading laboratories at Chalmers University and AstraZeneca, co-located in Gothenburg to bring your projects into reality, having access to the very best facilities and experts in the field from both organisations. You will be using cutting edge synthetic biology techniques to engineer yeast into a novel drug discovery platform, including the development of intracellular biosensors, bioinformatic mining, heterologous enzyme expression and conducting high throughput screens. You will be accountable for the day to day running of your own project, but have shared responsibility for delivery of the overall project.

You will have developed excellent synthetic biology skills and now wish to apply them in a new way. You will be a creative problem solver, who sees challenge problems as opportunities to innovate. We also think you have a passion for team-work, and recognise the value of a strong network and working in an international multidisciplinary environment.

Position summary
Full-time employment for 2 years with a potential 1 year extension.

Qualifications
PhD degree in a biological field with a strong background in synthetic biology, the degree should generally not be older than three years. Experience with S. cerevisiae is a must. You should also have extensive skills in molecular biology, metabolic engineering, enzyme engineering, data analysis, statistics. Experience with microfluidics, bioinformatic mining, mashine learning, CRISPR, fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, FACS, HPLC, GC-MS is a bonus.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg.
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190631 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 15th of December – 2019

For questions, please contact:
Assistant Professor, Florian David,
davidfl@chalmers.se

Information about the department
The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering is aiming at bridging cutting edge life science research with biochemical engineering, in order to emerge as the leading innovation center in the region. The research has broad applications in areas of health and industrial production of e.g. fine chemicals, food and energy. An important mission is to drive the development of novel and improved tools to study effects on a cellular level through systems’ biology analysis and modeling tools, metabolic engineering and bioimaging. Powerful experimental platforms are avialable such as well equipped fermenters, analytical instruments and laser based microscopy. The department offers highly qualified education for engineering students within the area of bioengineering. It is furthermore collaborating in broad, interdiciplinary national and international networks within academia and the industry.

  • Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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