Post Doctoral Research Fellow – Microbial Electrochemical Technology for metal recovery

Position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Project: BioElectrochemical Lithium rEcoVEry (BELIEVE)
Start date: February 15, 2023
Duration: 18 months
Department of Microbial Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Project Supervisors: Professor Claudio Avignone Rossa, Professor Jhuma Sadhukhan, Dr Siddharth Gadkari

There is currently a high demand for Li, a high-tech metal found only in a few locations worldwide. Li production is costly, energy-demanding, and environmentally damaging: It is essential to design and optimise methods for recovering Li from spent LiB.

This project will focus on designing and optimising a bioelectrochemical system (BES) to recover high purity Li. We will design a microbial electrochemical system to recover Li from LiB waste, focusing on the main aspects affecting the process: microorganisms, reactor configuration, electrodes, metal concentration, substrates, etc. We will screen diverse microbial species and communities for their capability to remove Li from the waste and test them in different reactor designs (microbial fuel, electrochemical and desalination cells, and tubular reactors). This will provide qualitative and quantitative correlations between metal removal, microbial community composition, electrochemical performance, and the characterisation of different designs of microbial electrochemical reactors for efficient processing of LiB waste.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher preferably with a background in microbial biotechnology and expertise in microbial electrochemical systems, ideally with hands-on experience in metal recovery from wastewaters.

Full details of the project and the application procedure will be posted in the University of Surrey’s pages ( PLEASE NOTE: If the link is not active, please use the contact details below.

Potential candidates interested in discussing details of the project should contact Professor Claudio Avignone Rossa (, Professor Jhuma Sadhukhan ( or Dr Siddharth Gadkari (

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Professor Claudio Avignone Rossa FRSB
Professor of Systems Microbiology
Department of Microbial Sciences
School of Biosciences
University of Surrey
Guildford GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

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