PhD position within bioelectrochemical systems for wastewater treatment and resource recovery

Description

The Resource Recovery Research Group at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) seeks candidates for a PhD in the field of Microbial Fuel Cells/Microbial Electrolysis Cells for wastewater treatment and resource recovery.
The PhD project will focus on the design of a concept that will allow for a combined biogas upgrading and nutrient recovery using sustainable and low-cost electrode materials such as biochar in bioelectrochemical systems. The project will investigate bioelectrochemical approaches aiming at 1) carbon dioxide utilization for biogas upgrading 2) nitrogen and phoshorus recovery in the form of a biobased fertilizer.

The university (NMBU) fully funds the PhD position. The PhD candidate will work as a part of Resource Recovery research group. The research activities in this PhD project will be carried out as a part of the research center Bio4Fuels, a national center of excellence focusing on research on biofuels and value- added products from biomass. The project will be co-supervised by an interdisciplinary team including Assoc. Prof. Pelin Kocatürk Schumacher, Prof. Sven Kerzenmacher, Prof. Svein Jarle Horn.

The project is expected to start in Autumn 2022.

Institution contact information

The Faculty of Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Campus Ås, Norway
For more info on the Resource Recovery Research Group:
https://www.nmbu.no/en/faculty/realtek/research/groups/resource-recovery

Contact email address

pelin.kocaturk.schumacher@nmbu.no

Deadline

31-08-2022

External link

https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/229265/phd-position-within-bioelectrochemical-systems-for-wastewater-treatment-and-resource-recovery

Postdoc position (m/f/x) on engineering the membrane electron transport pathway in Synechocystis

Description

The new BMBF-funded Nachwuchsgruppe at UFZ is looking for an experienced synthetic biologist for a 4-year (1+3) full time postdoc position. The main task of this position is to engineer the membrane electron transfer pathways of cyanobacteria in a biophotovoltaics system using synthetic biology tools, in order to facilitate the electron transfer rate from the oxygenic photosystem to the external electron sink. The successfully candidate will have the support to establish and lead the synthetic biology platform in the group, and will be strongly supported to develop his/her research profile for the next scientific career move, including but not limited to further training, international conference and networking. This project has an international mentor team including Prof. Victor de Lorenzo, Prof. Peter Lindblad and Prof. Falk Harnisch, and the successful candidate will work closely with the team to drive the project progress.
The position is expected to start from January, 2023, but can be negotiated upon individual cases.

Institution contact information

Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

Contact email address

bin.lai@ufz.de

Deadline

02-10-2022

External link

https://recruitingapp-5128.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/2500/Description/2

Need of amendment of our (legal) foundation to let ISMET going global!

Dear ISMET members,

I am writing to you in troubled times, but spring is coming. I hope that you and your families and loved ones as well as scientific families and partners are safe and healthy.
Although the last years and months may have brought us physically more apart, I am more confident than ever that the pursuit to happiness can only be based on global understanding and cooperation based on equality. Therefore, also ISMET has to become a true global society.

Here the both Ambassadors of ISMET communicated very clearly the priority of their communities that new Chapters are needed. Establishing these required changing the bylaws that are the legally binding document setting the foundation of ISMET.

On this pathway, the Board of Directors revised and updated our bylaws that you can see also here.

With accepting the bylaws the most important changes being:

  • ISMET will have five Chapters (A-Africa, AP-Asia Pacific, EU-Europe, LA-Latin America, NA-Northern America) instead of three Chapters that will send equal representatives to the Board of Directors
  • Two representatives per Chapter will be sent as the members to the Board of Directors that each serves for 4 years.
  • Elections will take place for all Chapters (at the same time) every 2 years, all members of ISMET will vote for one Chapter, only. Here a transition period will be in place, for which in 2022 no elections would take place.
  • The President stays outside of the regional representation and will be elected from the members of the Board of Directors, to serve 2 years as a President (meaning a maximum of 6 years in the Board) meaning the Board will have 10 members + 1 President
  • The ISMET committees will be re-structured, the website and newsletter committee will be merged into Public engagement and outreach Committee.
  • A code of conduct is introduced.
  • ISMET Fellows are introduced.

Further, the Board of Directors has decided, given that the new bylaws are approved, that until 2028 the global ISMET meeting would be every three years from now on to allow sufficient time for the meetings of the regional chapters to take place.

This is why we need you taking action now! Approve the new bylaws here (logged-in, paying subscribers only).

In case of questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or any other member of the ISMET Board of Directors.

Yours,
Falk (Harnisch)
 – President of ISMET –

Public Engagement Day

Join the 1st International ISMET Public Engagement Day.

How? Submit your entry on the 20th June 2022 to participate to the contest! The top three entries will receive a prize that will be given during the global ISMET 8 conference held in 19-23rd September 2022 in Chania, Greece.

WISMET seminar 10/12

Day: 10th December (8 am Pacific Standard Time, 5 pm Central Europe Time)

Speaker: Sara Tejedor Sanz

Affiliation: Senior Scientific Engineer Associate at the Advanced Biofuels Process Development Unit, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA

Title: Extracellular electron transfer in lactic acid bacteria: squeezing fermentation using electrodes as redox sink

Abstract: The strategy that microorganisms use to extract energy dictates their environmental niche and their interactions with other organisms. Recently, we identified a widespread electron transfer pathway in lactic acid bacteria that allows these microorganisms to reduce extracellular electron acceptors. These species play a major, beneficial role in food fermentation and maintenance of a healthy gut microbiome. The presence of this extracellular electron transfer pathway in lactic acid bacteria was extremely surprising because they are believed to have abandoned electron transfer chains and conserve energy almost exclusively via fermentation. Our research now shows that lactic acid bacteria induce extracellular electron transfer genes and use an anode as electron acceptor to conserve energy and accelerate fermentation under laboratory conditions. Thus, the use of extracellular electron transfer could give lactic acid bacteria a fitness advantage in outcompeting other microorganisms in an ecological context. Additionally, we have investigated whether this metabolism could provide a biotechnological application by changing the flavor and texture of fermented foods.

Registration link:https://forms.gle/fuJwBMmquDiUCt6m7

More information on WISMET seminars

Postdoc for sea bed methane cycling by reversible EET

Description

A new source of methane was recently discovered in a subsurface zone of the seabed, where the production and oxidation of methane occur concurrently. Preliminary work indicates that archaea and bacteria may here exchange electrons in the sediment through minerals that function as electrical conductors and capacitors. The working hypothesis is that the archaea are able to reverse the direction of their energy metabolism depending on whether they interact with electron accepting or electron donating bacteria. The specific objective is to unravel the processes using sensitive radiotracer experiments and to identify the microbial physiology of archaea involved in this cryptic methane cycling. The results will be of general importance for the understanding of methane biogeochemistry.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Southern Denmark and Aarhus University, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team covering molecular microbiology, electromicrobiology, microbial physiology and biogeochemistry. We seek a highly motivated candidate with an academic background and documented experience in aquatic microbiology and microbial process studies.

Institution contact information

Aarhus University, Denmark

Contact email address

nat-tech.hr.emply@au.dk

Deadline

01-10-2021

External link

https://international.au.dk/about/profile/vacant-positions/job/postdoctoral-position-on-seabed-methane-cycling-at-the-section-for-microbiology-at-aarhus-university-denmark

Postdoctoral position on electromicrobiological oxygen production in sediment

Description

Cable bacteria are filamentous microorganisms that transfer electrons across centimetre-scale distances, coupling distant oxidation and reduction reactions in aquatic sediment. Cable bacteria conserve energy by coupling the oxidation of hydrogen sulfide produced in deeper sediment layers to the reduction of oxygen diffusing into sediment from the overlying water. There is some evidence that under certain circumstances cable bacteria can reverse their oxygen reduction reaction in deep sediment, producing trace amounts of molecular oxygen from water. This oxygen then becomes available for respiration by aerobic bacteria in the surrounding sediment. This phenomenon has the potential to turn our concept of what “anoxic” sediment is upside-down. The successful candidate will investigate this process using a diverse suite of methods, including planar optodes, microsensors, stable isotope labeling, and metatranscriptomics.

This position is financed by the Villum Foundation. The successful candidate will work closely with researchers, technicians and students in the Center for Electromicrobiology (http://cem.au.dk), funded by the Danish National Research Foundation, to achieve the project goals. We seek a highly motivated candidate with a background in microbiology, microbial ecology, microbial biogeochemistry, environmental chemistry, environmental science, soil science, marine science, or other related fields.

Institution contact information

Aarhus University, Denmark

Contact email address

nat-tech.hr.emply@au.dk

Deadline

01-11-2021

External link

https://www.au.dk/om/stillinger/job/postdoctoral-position-on-electromicrobiological-oxygen-production-in-sediment/

NA-ISMET 2021 abstract submission

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the North American Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (NA-ISMET) will be hosted by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California on November 17-19, 2021. The meeting is supported by the United States Department of Energy, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and ISMET members. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we anticipate that registration fees will be kept to a minimum, particularly for students and other junior scientists who are ISMET members.

An informational flyer is attached. Abstracts are due July 15, 2021. Please visit the meeting website at naismet2021.usc.edu (the website will be updated with more details in the coming weeks). Please contact naismet2021@gmail.com with any questions.

The naismet2021 team

Bioelectrochemical Researcher

We are looking for a person with a master or doctorate in electrochemistry or material science, preferably with experience in bioelectrochemical systems and/or H2 electrolysers and fuels cells.

The researcher will complement the capabilities of the current team, increasing the quality of project execution. He/she will execute projects in BES technologies, carrying out the following tasks:

  • Electrochemical characterization of electrodes and membranes,
  • Design and assembly bioelectrochemical labscale reactors (MFC, MDC, MEC).
  • Upscaling activities
  • Operation, monitoring and (bio)electrochemical characterization of BES reactors.
  • Data analysis, development of scientific publications, and new project ideas.
  • Required qualifications:
  • Master and/or PhD in electrochemistry
  • Experience in Bioelectrochemistry and electrosynthesis or fuel cells
  • Experience on electrodes and/or membrane characterization
  • Immediate incorporation
  • Location: Terrassa (Spain)
  • Institution contact information: LETAT technological Center https://www.leitat.org/en/
  • Deadline: 25/06/2021
  • HR Contact: Gemma Escursell (seleccion@leitat.org )

More information at https://www.leitat.org/RRHH/LeitatJobs-INVESTIGADOR_BIOELECTROQUIM.html