PhD position Aarhus University: Understanding the interactions of bacteria with electrodes and metals


Research area and project description:
Some bacteria have the remarkable capacity to interact with electrodes and metals. These interactions can be applied for the development of highly interesting technologies, such as microbial electrosynthesis, in which bacteria are fed with electricity to convert CO2 into biofuels and biochemicals. On the other hand, such interactions can cause material degradation by biocorrosion. So far, the interactions of bacteria with electrodes and metals are not yet well understood, even though such an understanding is crucial for the development of new technologies and to prevent biocorrosion.

The PhD candidate will investigate the H2 utilization thermodynamics and kinetics of different anaerobic bacteria and explore their possible correlation with the rates of the microbial electrosynthesis and biocorrosion. The PhD candidate will also be involved in educational activities as supervisor for Master’s and Bachelor’s student projects, as well as teaching assistant in courses related to his/her expertise.

Qualifications and specific competences:
We are looking for talented and enthusiastic applicants with a Master’s degree in Microbiology, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, or another discipline with a relevant specialisation. Practical experience within electromicrobiology, biocorrosion, anaerobic cultivation, etc. will be seen as a plus. A theoretical background with microbial thermodynamics and kinetics will be important for this project. Analytical and critical thinking is essential to pursuing a PhD. Further requirements are English fluency, good reporting skills and being able to work independently.

Place of employment and place of work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the place of work will be in the Research Group on Microbial Electrosynthesis, Section of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Department of Engineering, Hangøvej 2, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark. The Research group on Microbial Electrosynthesis is a recently started group within the strongly growing and highly dynamic section of Biological and Chemical Engineering, located in the vibrant student-city of Aarhus.

Contact details: 
The project will be supervised by Assistant Professor Jo Philips and Associate Professor Alberto Scoma from Department of Engineering. Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Assistant Professor Jo Philips ( or Associate Professor Alberto Scoma (
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Expiration date: 
Friday, February 1, 2019