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

HyBioSol PhD Studentship, School of Chemistry, NUI Galway

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a PhD studentship within the School of Chemistry/ChemLight group at the National University of Ireland, Galway. We are looking for a talented and highly motivated student with an interest in biotechnology, electrochemistry and photoelectocatalysis to develop a novel hybrid platform for solar energy-driven CO2 reduction to green chemicals. The position is available from 1st September 2021.

The Project:

The aim of the project is to develop and optimize a novel bio-photoelectrochemical technology, consisting of a gas diffusion biocathode and a photoanode divided by an ion exchange membrane, to convert CO2 to green fuels and chemicals using solar light as power source. The candidate will take over three-chamber hybrid cells already in operation in the lab, and will carry out, with the support of the team, a multidisciplinary approach to solve key bottlenecks including:

  • Improve CO2 capture and biological conversion to biofuels by using tailored gas diffusion cathodes, which will be modified in order to increase their specific surface;
  • Evaluate the use of highly conductive electrolytes to reduce energy losses of the cell, and assess their influence on bioelectrochemical CO2 conversion in terms of production rates, coulombic efficiency and microbial community composition and dynamics;
  • Participate in the development of a photoanode capable of delivering enough current density to drive the cathodic bioreaction with minimum external bias;
  • Operate the hybrid bioreactor equipped with the modified GDE cathode and the photoanode developed during the project.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Pau Farràs (ORCID 0000-0003-3859- 2868) and Dr Paolo Dessì (ORCID 0000-0002-9935-3038) to develop a PhD project on the topic “Hybrid bio-solar cells for CO2 conversion to green chemicals”.

Duties:

  • Modify gas diffusion electrodes with carbon-based materials aiming to increase the surface area available for the attachment of microorganisms; characterize and test the developed electrodes in bioelectrochemical cells;
  • Investigate highly conductive electrolytes containing high concentration of Na, K, P and Mg salts to reduce the ohmic resistance of the cell while maintaining the activity of the microorganisms;
  • Participate with the research team on the development of photoanodes for water splitting and/or oxidation of organic pollutants;
  • Develop and operate hybrid cells equipped with the gas diffusion cathode and photoanode and evaluate its performance and energy savings in comparison to bioelectrochemical cells equipped with traditional anode materials;
  • Keep appropriate records as directed and in line with University policy;
  • Contribute to the research project’s dissemination in whatever form – report, papers, chapters, book;
  • Participate and contribute to weekly meeting with the research group, as well as individual meetings with the supervisory team.

Qualifications/Skills required:

The candidate must have a MSc degree or equivalent in Engineering, Biotechnology or related disciplines. He/she must be highly motivated to perform multidisciplinary research and demonstrate excellent written/oral English and team work skills. Previous experience with bioelectrochemical systems is highly appreciated.

Essential Requirements:

  • MSc degree in Engineering, Biotechnology or related disciplines;
  • Evidence of experience in bioreactor operation;
  • Excellent English speaking and writing abilities;
  • Evidence of team working skills;
  • Eligible for enrolment in the Structured PhD in Chemistry programme at NUI Galway.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in bioelectrochemical systems and/or photocatalysis;
  • Experience in bioprocess design;
  • Ability to work in a focused and supportive team and the willingness to maintain the friendly and supportive atmosphere of the group.

Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post Salary range: PhD stipend €18,500 per annum + Academic Fees Start date: Position is available from September 2021.

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

Further information about ChemLight group is available at www.nuigalway.ie/chemlight.

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Doctor Pau FARRÀS e-mail pau.farras@nuigalway.ie

To Apply:

Applications to include a motivation letter, CV, BSc and/or MSc diploma and contact details for two referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Pau Farràs (pau.farras@nuigalway.ie) and Dr Paolo Dessì (paolo.dessi@nuigalway.ie). Please put reference number HyBiosol-PhD- scholarship in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Monday 31st May 2021.

Interviews are planned to be held on week starting on 7th June 2021.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

Postdoc in Sensor Development

We are seeking applicants for a 2-year postdoc in sensor development at the Department of Biology at Aarhus University (Denmark). The applicant will work on a research project funded by the Grundfos Foundation aiming at developing advanced sensing technologies for environmental application.
You are expected to contribute to the development and validation of electrochemical and/or bio-electrochemical sensors for the detection of organic and/or inorganic species of environmental interest. Areas of development include, but are not limited to: amperometric, potentiometric sensors, and biosensors (both whole-cell based and enzymatic), as well as micro-miniaturization of existing technologies for environmental applications. You are also expected to contribute to the use of the developed sensors in various natural and man-made systems such as sediments and wastewater.
Applicants should hold a PhD in Chemistry, Environmental sciences, Biotechnology or alike.
The ideal candidate has a strong background in chemo- or bio-sensor development. Ideally, the candidate can demonstrate experience in developing stand-alone sensor systems including their analytical evaluation. Experience in data analysis and programming will be an advantage. It is expected that the applicant has experience in publishing scientific results in leading journals within the fields of chemistry or environmental science. Additionally, it is important that the candidate can work well within interdisciplinary teams and has a high level of self-motivation. Previous teaching experience will be appreciated but is not necessary. Fluent communication in English both in written and spoken language is essential and is expected by any suitable candidate.

Institution contact information

Sensor Lab – Centre for Water Technology (WATEC; https://watec.au.dk), Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Contact email address

ugomar@bios.au.dk

Deadline

17-05-2021

External link

https://www.au.dk/om/stillinger/job/postdoc-in-sensor-development/

Postdoc for studies of electron transport in cable bacteria

The Center for Electromicrobiology, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position for studies of electron transport in cable bacteria. The position is available with start from 1 June 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter (no later than October 2021).

The postdoc will engage in the question of how internal electric wires of cable bacteria conduct electrons and connect with metabolic processes. The exact focus and approaches will be flexible, depending on the background, ideas, and network of the applicant.

Institution contact information

The Center for Electromicrobiology, CEM (http://cem.au.dk), Aarhus University, Denmark

Contact email address

lpn@bio.au.dk

Deadline

15-03-2021

External link

https://international.au.dk/about/profile/vacant-positions/job/postdoc-for-studies-of-electron-transport-in-cable-bacteri/

PhD Position (m/f/x) on Electrode-driven Biochemical Synthesis using Pseudomonas putida

Balancing microbial redox metabolism using electrode decouples the carbon and electron fluxes for biochemical synthesis, and thus enables the high yield bioproduction process that naturally does not exist. Within the joint DFG SPP2240 project ePseudomonas together with Prof. Wittmann (iSbio, Saarland University, Germany), we aim to develop a universal tunable electro-fermentation platform using metabolically engineered Pseudomonas putida for the biosynthesis of high-value chemicals of industrial interests. To realize this ambitious goal, we are seeking an enthusiastic person to fill a PhD position funded by this project. The student will primarily focus on the fundamental and quantitative understanding of the Pseudomonas putida’s behaviors in the bioelectrochemical system (BES), using e.g. systems biology tools, and then rationally optimize the electro-fermentation process from the aspects of e.g. the process engineering and systems metabolic engineering.

Institution contact information

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig
Dr. Jens Olaf Krömer (jens.kroemer@ufz.de)/Dr. Bin Lai (bin.lai@ufz.de)

Contact email address

jens.kroemer@ufz.de

Deadline

14-02-2021

External link

https://recruitingapp-5128.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/2075/Description/2

SENTRY Client Manager

The SENTRY Client Manager is tasked with interpreting and relaying the value (energy savings, increased performance, etc.) created by SENTRY sensors installed at treatment facilities to the operators of these facilities. SENTRY is a cutting-edge technology providing real time biological information to treatment plant operations for process improvement and increased consistency. We are looking for someone who is personable and client focused. The Client Manager at SENTRY Water Technologies provides technical support to clients associated with the deployment and usage of SENTRY equipment (www.sentrywatertech.com) in the water and wastewater space. This role is critical for the deployment of SENTRY systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Client Manager will work closely with senior technical team members (engineers and scientists) in order to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Weekly interaction with water and wastewater operators. This consists of email communication with clients to collect and understand operations data to combine with SENTRY data. Periodic video conferences and phone calls with the client to explain the functionality and value of SENTRY data. The candidate may be responsible for as many as 50 separate clients.
  • Required to work with primarily wastewater treatment facilities (some water/environmental monitoring). A background or interest in environmental or civil engineering, wastewater treatment, water treatment, microbiology, and/or chemistry is preferred.
  • To understand the client requirements and provide easy to understand, functional reports that improve the performance and operation of wastewater treatment facilities. The candidate will be required to receive large, complex data sets and utilize statistical methods to derive graphical outputs that are used to understand biological activity. Many of these processes are automated using the computer program R, however each situation/client is unique. The candidate will be responsible for preparing and reviewing report documentation that are suitable for dissemination to specific clients and the wider water or wastewater industry.
  • Employees can work from home / remote geographic regions (example Europe or South East Asia) but must have high speed internet.
  • Preference will be given to employees that currently live or have plans to live in Canada (SENTRY can support immigration to Canada).

Experience Required

  •  Past experience or interest in understanding the wastewater treatment process
  • Background or interest in statistics, modelling and/or computer programming is a plus
  • Strong personal communication and management skills is preferred.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Teams is preferred
  • Experience with providing customer-centered service and supporting multiple clients
  • Ability to work in a team environment remotely and in an office setting
  • Maintaining a positive attitude and atmosphere in the workplace is valued.
  • Providing assistance with incoming/outgoing shipments.
  • Experience with Python or R Software or other coding experience required

Qualifications

Degree in engineering or equivalent technical degree.

Institution contact information

Head Office is in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada

Contact email address

rpaterson@islandwatertech.com

Deadline

08-12-2020

External link

https://www.sentrywatertech.com/blog

Bioelectrochemical Engineer

Electro-Active is looking for a Bioelectrochemical Engineer to assist with the scale up of our microbial electrolysis system for sustaining high levels of hydrogen production from food waste. The position will lead and assist in the execution of experiments to optimize reactor operation and performance across different scales and reactor designs. The ideal candidate will have a highly successful academic record, experience in laboratory work related to microbiology/biochemical engineering, high attention to detail, and the capability to undertake independent research tasks. An interest in sustainability and next-generation renewable energy technology as well as desire to work in a dynamic, fast-pace startup environment is a plus.

JOB OVERVIEW

  • Design new experiments to probe reactor systems and test a variety of conditions to optimize hydrogen production
  • Execute research experiments by performing various laboratory protocols and procedures
  • Prepare materials and reports on the results of experiments and progress on milestones
  • Guide and train interns in the maintenance and operation of bioelectrochemical systems
  • Ensure data quality and integrity of assigned experiments

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Background in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemical engineering, with experience working with bioreactor systems preferred
  • Wet lab experience and knowledge of general laboratory and industrial safety and potential hazards including proper protective clothing, chemical containment and biosecurity
  • Previous experience with bioelectrochemical systems including microbial fuel cells or microbial electrolysis cells is required
  • DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience with scale-up of MFCs or MECs
  • Prototyping and hardware development experience

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s or master’s degree in an engineering or science discipline (e.g. Bioprocess Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Engineering,).

Interested candidates please submit a resume and cover letter to aborole@electroactive.tech. Location: Knoxville, TN. Relocation package will be provided. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates with less experience may be considered for internship positions.

Institution contact information

Knoxville TN USA

Contact email address

aborole@electroactive.tech

Deadline

12-31-2020

External link

https://www.electroactive.tech

Postdoctoral Researcher Position @ TU Braunschweig: Energy storage in electrotrophic-electrogenic biofilms.

Microbial electrogenesis, i.e., the production of electricity from organic compounds such as those found in wastes or marine sediments – and microbial electrosynthesis – the electrotrophic storage of electricity into organic energy storage molecules, are two prime application goals for microbial electrochemical technologies. Recent findings illustrate the possibility of combining electrotrophy and electrogenesis in one, switchable electrode-grown biofilm. This opportunity opens new ways to combine bioelectrochemical energy storage and power generation in a single device.
What are the mechanisms of the underlying metabolic processes, and how is the electrotrophic and electrogenic metabolism coupled with the extracellular electron transfer that connects cellular processes with the electrode? Single investigation methods, such as voltammetry or spectroscopy alone, will not allow achieve sufficient information depth. In collaboration with the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC – and by using sophisticated in operando techniques, such as differential electrochemical mass spectrometry – this research project aims to study the mechanisms of such switchable biofilms.

Applications should be sent by e-mail (keyword “ONR-Project”) to Uwe Schröder (uwe.schroeder(at)tu-braunschweig.de), and must contain the following documents.

– Motivation Letter including contact information for two references
– Curriculum Vitae including complete address, phone number, email address, educational background, language skills, and work experience-
– Copies of diploma and transcript of grades in original language and in English or German translation
– Additional documents should be provided on request
– All documents should be in PDF format, preferably in a single file. Personal data and documents relating to the application process will be stored electronically. Please note that application costs cannot be refunded.

The open position is to be filled as soon as possible. The employment will be arranged by the administration of the TU Braunschweig (salary TVL E13, including health insurance, 1.5 years contract).

Institution contact information

Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
Institute of Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry

Contact email address

uwe.schroeder@tu-braunschweig.de

Deadline

20.10.2020

External link

https://www.tu-braunschweig.de/en/oekochemie/job-offers/postdoc

PhD position in bioelectrochemical enrichment of metals

The University of Bremen is offering (under the condition of job release) at the earliest possible date:

Ph.D. position in bioelectrochemical enrichment of metals
Salary group 13 TV-L (75 %), 36 months

in an interdisciplinary project at the interface of microbiology, electrochemistry and material sciences. The motivation of this PhD project is the search for new technological approaches for the extraterrestrial fabrication of metal alloys under tough environmental constraints, in particular the limitation of utilizing mineral and energy resources available in situ on Mars or Moon. More specifically, the project aims at exploring bio-based possibilities to extract iron species from regolith and enrich them as purified iron compounds. These compounds are then used in steel-making processes based on non-conventional metallurgy. In this sub project, microbial electrochemical technologies such as microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) will be used for enhanced production and selective recovery of metal ion species. Microbial communities developing in MFCs will be characterized using state-of-the-art tools such as high-throughput sequencing, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics.

Within the new research initiative in close collaboration with the Hochschule Bremen (HSB), Ph.D. students are supervised by a team of experienced scientists ranging from electrochemistry, material sciences to microbiology and biomimetics. Additional training and support are offered by international graduate Programmes within the MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes, the MarMic Graduate School and the Biomimetic-Innovation-Centre (HSB). These offers include expert as well as skills and methods courses, coaching, networking opportunities, and the opportunity to compete for internal funds. Ph.D. students have the opportunity to acquire expert knowledge in their field and a solid background across many disciplines involved in the interdisciplinary project.

Specific tasks will include:
1. Setting up and running novel microbial electrochemical enrichments
2. Characterization of metal ions and solid metal compounds by chemical and spectroscopic methods
3. Extraction and analysis of nucleic acids from bioreactor samples
4. Investigation and optimization of conversion efficiency and energy demands
5. Bioinformatic and statistical analysis of data
6. Opportunity for scientific qualification in the context of a PhD degree

Your profile:
• A completed MSc or diploma degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Material Sciences or a comparable program
• Interest in interdisciplinary research
• Interest in developing new methods for microbial fuel cell technology
• Skills in (bio)informatics would be advantageous
• Working in teams, visiting collaboration partners

The goal of the MAPEX is the system-oriented research and development of materials and processes for sustainable transport and energy applications. The centre merges the know-how of more than 1000 scientific and technical staff, 480 of which are doctoral candidates, active in the fields of natural and engineering sciences as well as mathematics and aiming at a thorough understanding of the process-properties-performance relationships in materials.
MarMic is the International Max-Planck-Research School (IMPRS) with a focus on marine microbiology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology. Since its foundation in 2005 the Biomimetics-Innovation-Centre at the Hochschule Bremen has been coordinating research activities in the fields of fundamental interdisciplinary research and development.

The University of Bremen follows a diversity strategy. It strives to increase the number of women in the academy and strongly encourages applications from suitably qualified female candidates. International applications and applications of academics with a migration background are explicitly welcome. Disabled persons with the same professional and personal qualifications will be given preference. The employment is fixed-term and governed by the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract, §2 I (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). Therefore, candidates may only be considered for appointment if they still have the respective qualification periods available in accordance with § 2 (1) WissZeitVG.

We look forward to receiving your e-mail application in English including CV, letter of motivation, and reference contacts!

Institution contact information

Information regarding the open PhD position can be obtained by contacting

Sven Kerzenmacher (Bioelectrochemistry; Kerzenmacher@uvt.uni-bremen.de)
Michael Friedrich (Microbiology; Michael.friedrich@uni-bremen.de)
Jan-Henning Dirks (Biomimetics; jan-henning.dirks@hs-bremen.de)

Contact email address

kerzenmacher@uni-bremen.de

Deadline

15-09-2020

External link

https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/uvt/jobs

Electrobioremediation of sediments contaminated by aromatic halogenated compounds and enrichment of dehalogenating microbial cultures

The research activities of this fellowship will be carried out in the frame of the H2020 research project Electra “Electricity driven Low Energy and Chemical input Technology foR Accelerated bioremediation”.

The research project aims at the development of an innovative process for the electrobioremediation of sediments contaminated by polyhalogenated organic pollutants. The process is based on the use of polarized electrodes deployed in the sediment able to promote the establishment of reducing and oxidative redox conditions and to provide the anaerobic and aerobic dechlorinating microorganisms with electron donors and acceptors, either directly or indirectly through water electrolysis. This approach can represent a clean and efficient method to stimulate and control the activity of dechlorinating bacteria in contaminated environments, as it avoids the supplementation of chemicals to the contaminated matrix, and may allow to increase the selectivity and control of the process. In particular, the research activity will aim at the development of a bioelectrochemical process in which the reductive dehalogenation and oxidative degradation processes will be stimulated sequentially within the matrix in order to promote the complete degradation of the pollutant.

Research plan

The research activity will consist in:

  • the set-up of H-type bioelectrochemical cells with contaminated sediment and the conduction of the process under varying operational conditions;
  • the evaluation of the system performances through: (i) the monitoring of target pollutants and their dechlorination/biodegradation products, (ii) the monitoring of the physico-chemical parameters of the matrix, (iii) mass and energy balances, (iv) the monitoring of the composition and dynamics of the microbial community;
  • the enrichment and isolation from the contaminated sediment of dehalogenating microbial communities and their characterization in terms of composition and biodegradative abilities towards different organohalogenated pollutants;
  • the selection of the best operational parameters and the validation of the process at mesocosm scale.

As regards the training aspects, the research fellow will have the opportunity to interact, in a highly interdisciplinary environment, with researchers from different disciplines who will offer the opportunity to expand their scientific and cultural background.

Application details

For more information and the application form, see this website.