Post-doc position available on: Microscale spatiotemporal investigation of multi-species electroactive biofilms using optical microfluidic platform, Toulouse, France


PLACE OF WORK: Toulouse, Campus INPT

SCIENTIFIC FIELDS: Microbial Engineering / Microfluidic / Bioelectrochemical systems /

KEY WORDS: Electroactive biofilms / Microscopy / Microsystems


The Laboratory of Chemical Engineering of Toulouse (LGC) is the primary center for
fundamental and applied research in chemical and microbial engineering in the Occitanie
region. Research at the institute covers a wide variety of subjects, including the biological
process engineering, wastewater treatment, bioelectrochemistry, membrane processes, and
process intensification. With 24 teams and approximately 300 researchers, the LGC provides
a dynamic and interactive scientific environment.
Toulouse or the "Ville Rose" as it is called, with around 1.2 million people in its metropolis,
is the fourth biggest city in France (behind Paris, Lyon, and Marseille). With its high quality of
life, rich tradition in arts and culture, dynamic student population, Toulouse is consistently
considered one of the cities in France where it is the most pleasant to live. It has seen
France's biggest economic growth in recent years , boasts France's biggest population growth
over the past 20 years, and was recently ranked as the second best place in the country to
work after Bordeaux.

DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION: A post-doc position is available in the biofilm
engineering group of Dr. Benjamin Erable at the Laboratory of chemical engineering in
Toulouse, France. Our laboratory investigates the fundamentals and applications of
electroactive biofilms, whether in energy production or synthesis processes but also in
degradation or corrosion processes. We are seeking candidates to participate in a project that
explores the mechanisms governing the electroactive biofilms formation on electrodes and
also the mechanisms of extracellular electron transfer. This work takes a multidisciplinary
approach, combining state-of-the-art methods in bioelectrochemical engineering, live-cell
microscopy, electronics, and experimental microfluidic microbiology.

Relevant recent references:
D Pocaznoi, B Erable, ML Delia, A Bergel. Ultra microelectrodes increase the current density provided
by electroactive biofilms by improving their electron transport ability. Energy & Environmental Science
5 (1), 5287-5296
M Rimboud, M Barakat, A Bergel, B Erable. Different methods used to form oxygen reducing
biocathodes lead to different biomass quantities, bacterial communities, and electrochemical kinetics.
Bioelectrochemistry 116, 24-32
C Santoro, C Arbizzani, B Erable, I Ieropoulos. Microbial fuel cells: from fundamentals to applications.
A review. Journal of power sources 356, 225-244
JOB START-UP: Ideally before the end of 2018 (to be discussed)
CONTACT: Benjamin Erable /

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Benjamin Erable /
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Expiration date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018

Senior/Junior Bioinformatics Researcher, Biological Systems Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology


Working Location:
Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan
Bioinformatics Researcher is available in the Biological Systems Unit at the newly established Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) to work on metagenomes data analysis for environmental and antimicrobial applications.
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are devices that can use bacterial metabolism to produce electrical current from a wide range of organic substrates. Research and development has increased in the last few years all over the world. MFCs have started to be used in practice, but for large-scale applications cost reductions and higher power output are required. To further enhance the technology a better understanding of the environmentally-derived microbiological communities as a system is necessary. We also wish to enhance the ability of electrogenic microbial communities to utilise and degrade wastes and toxic chemicals. Our primary R&D focus is on a better understanding of microbial communities in MFCs as a system, together with further optimisation of the MFC technology for different applications
The position holder will be responsible for the development and support of bioinformatics pipeline(s), development and implementation of methods and tools for meta-genomic and other omics data analysis.

Other responsibilities
Collect, process, document and analyze high throughout experimental data. Document experimental and computational procedures and results.
Preparation of research publications.
Primary R&D focus for the position will be computational methods for a better understanding of metagenomes.
1) Strong programming skills (R, Unix)
2) MsC in a relevant domain.
3) Fluent in English.
4) Good writing skills. Publications track record in international journals for Sr. Researcher

1) Working knowledge of other programming languages (Java, C++, Python, Perl)
2) Practical experience working with metagenomes and human genomes.
3) Working knowledge of bioinformatics databases, pipelines and tools.

Contact details: 
For informal inquiries please contact Professor Igor Goryanin
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Expiration date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Post-doc Position available with experience of microbial electrochemistry and/or synthetic microbiology


The primary focus of our study is to bring innovation through development of bio-hybrid electric devices using electrochemically-active bacteria. Please contact us for further details.

Contact details: 
Dr. Akihiro Okamoto Independent Scientist International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan
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Expiration date: 
Monday, August 20, 2018

Postdoc / Senior Scientist (m/f) with experience in molecular ecology or electroorganic chemistry for developing Electrobiorefineries


Deadline extended.
Deatils see post before

Contact details: 
PD Dr. Falk Harnisch Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ Permoserstraße 15 04318 Leipzig, Germany
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Expiration date: 
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Postdoc / Senior Scientist (m/f) with experience in molecular ecology or electroorganic chemistry for developing Electrobiorefineries


Based our recent developments on the interfacing of mixed culture microbiology and electrochemistry (e.g. Energy Environ. Sci. 10 (10), 2231 - 2244, or Microb. Biotechnol. 11 (1), 22 - 38) in electrobiorefineries, i.e. the combined microbial and electrochemical process lines for the production of chemicals and energy carriers, (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. doi:10.1002/anie.201711727) we expect integration in the research group and hence significant contributions to its portfolio.

For details on the job and application procedure please see the link.

Contact details: 
PD Dr. Falk Harnisch Department of Environmental Microbiology Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
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Expiration date: 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Microbial Ecophysiology and Bioinformatics


Center for Electromicrobiology at Aarhus University is looking for an early career researcher with a strong scientific track record in microbiology research preferentially covering microbial ecophysiology and bioinformatics of both uncultured and cultured prokaryotes. We expect experience with experimental microbial physiology and with microbial (meta)genomics and/or (meta)transcriptomics techniques to link omics data with cell metabolism, microbial interactions and processes in natural environments. We expect the candidate in the application to present a work plan and research strategy for high-impact research within the field of electromicrobiology.
The overarching research questions in Center for Electromicrobiology are how cable bacteria conduct electrons, how they handle metabolism based on widely separated oxidation and reduction processes and how they interact with other microorganisms and the environment.

Contact details: 
See external link
Contact email address: 
Lars Peter Nielsen ( Andreas Schramm:
Expiration date: 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Postdoctoral Scientist Position available to study electrochemically active biofilm


For the project of Advanced Research and Development Programs for Medical Innovation (Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development), titled “Tracking intercellular electrochemical interaction in human bacterial flora by gene expression mapping method”, we invites applications for a 2-year postdoctorial research position. The primary research forcus is on understanding of electrochemical microbial interactions in the human microbial flora. Statistic and quantitative analysis on microscopic image of the biofilm sections, construction of gene-disrupted mutant, NanoSIMS, FISH-staining, biochemistry, and electrochemistry will be used in the project.

Contact details: 
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Expiration date: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

PhD position to study cell metabolism redirected by electricity using systems biology tools


The Systems Biotechnology group in the department of solar material/UFZ - Leipzig, Germany is looking for a PhD candidate to work on a project studying the fundamental cell metabolism in BES. Omics tools, including proteomics, metabolics and fluxomics, and metabolic engineering strategy will be used to quantify the cell physiology and do strain development to improve the performance. The candidate will be supervised by a diverse team in UFZ and external collaborator at Novo Nordisk Fundation Center for Biosustainability. Deadline for application is Jan 31st, 2018. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview on March.

Contact details: 
Dr. Jens O. Krömer,; Prof. Dr. Lorenz Adrian,
Contact email address:,
Expiration date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Six Open Positions at Center for Electromicrobiology


For the newly established Center of Excellence, Center for Electromicrobiology (CEM), Aarhus University, Denmark, we seek up to 6 outstanding postdocs, PhD students, and technicians with a keen interest and strong skills for one of the following areas of research:
- molecular and structural biology of electrically-conductive proteins
- functional genomics and microbial physiology of electron-conducting microbes
- interactions and processes in electric microbial communities
All positions are based at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, in an interdisciplinary setting including the Section for Microbiology, Department of Bioscience, the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, and The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. These departments offer an international working environment with state-of-the-art facilities for molecular and ecological microbiology, next generation sequencing, electrochemistry, and electron microscopy.

See for further details on the positions, the center, application dates, and contacts.

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Expiration date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018

PhD position to study the electron conductor in cable bacteria


Center for Electromicrobiology will be established at Aarhus University, Denmark, in October 2017 and we seek PhD students to join our endeavours to understand the metabolism, long-range electron conduction, and ecology of cable bacteria. Cable bacteria are centimetre long, multicellular, filamentous bacteria of the Desulfobulbaceae family and they live in aquatic sediments around the oxic-anoxic interface. They internally conduct electrons from oxidation of sulphide at the lower end to oxygen reduction at the upper end, probably via periplasmic strings. By what mechanisms and molecules the electrons are conducted are yet to be discovered and so are the associated cellular metabolisms and the interactions with other microorganisms. The cable bacteria’s filamentous, multicellular form with spatial separation of oxidation and reduction processes offers novel methodological options, while the present lack of pure cultures and any successful, direct interaction with electrodes are challenging obstacles.

For this call we specifically seek a qualified and motivated candidate to contribute to the identification and description of the cable bacterium conductor: What is the basic biomolecular structure? What genes are involved? How are the conductors assembled and where are they positioned? The present working hypothesis is a protein structure. Depending on the progress the PhD project may also encompass conduction mechanisms and the connections to cellular electron transport.

Applicants to the PhD position must have a relevant Master’s degree, and preferably have competences in biochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology. Experience with transmission electron microscopy including immunoEM, biophysical techniques for protein characterization and methods in structural biology including crystallography will be an advantage.

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Contact details: 
Thomas Boesen, tel. +45 28997699 or email; Lars Peter Nielsen, tel. +45 60202654 or email; Andreas Schramm, tel. +45 60202659 or email
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Expiration date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017