PhD Project on the Development of a Bioelectrochemical System for the Enrichment of Syntrophic Microbes


The research group of Environmental Biotechnology at the Center for Applied Geosciences at the University of Tübingen is looking for an excellent PhD candidate to support our international, interdisciplinary, and dynamic team of environmental/biological engineers, electrochemists, microbiologists, biotechnologists, and molecular biologists.

The research in the Environmental Biotechnology Group is focused around the utilization of open, mixed, and pure microbial cultures in engineered systems. Our research topics are the recovery of useful products from waste, the storage of renewable electric power as methane, and the study of extracellular electron transfer and the interactions between microbes and electrodes. We apply methods from bioreactor design and operation (lab- and pilot-scale), genetic engineering, electrochemistry, and systems biology to next generation sequencing, proteomics, and sequence analysis.

We are offering a PhD position for a motivated and driven student with an interest in Microbiology and Bioelectrochemistry. This position provides an opportunity for the candidate to be creative and innovative, and to work on a challenging and multidisciplinary topic in an international environment. In this position, the student will optimize an innovative bioelectrochemical system and use it to enrich and isolate syntrophic microbes from the human gut microbiome to further study their metabolism. The student will have the opportunity to present his/her results in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

The ideal candidate should have a solid background in Engineering, (Electro)Chemistry, and/or Microbiology, besides skills in analytical methods. Requirements include the ability to work independently and in teams, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a high motivation. Very good knowledge of English and fluency in using computer tools are necessary.

The starting date is in October 2019, but can be negotiated. The employment will be arranged by the administration of the University of Tübingen (salary TVL E13, 75%, including health insurance, 3 years contract). Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification.

Applications (in English) including CV, motivation letter, overview of techniques and methods used in the past, transcripts and diplomas, and contact address of three referees should be sent by email to: a=sofia.esquivel-elizondo and with a@b.

Prof. Dr. Largus (Lars) T. Angenent, Environmental Biotechnology, Center for Applied Geosciences, University of Tübingen.

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Prof. Dr. Largus (Lars) T. Angenent, Environmental Biotechnology, Center for Applied Geosciences, University of Tübingen.
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Expiration date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019