PostDoc position: Microbial electrodes for cathodic electrosynthesis


Starting from April 2019, the Department of Environmental Process Engineering at the University of Bremen (Germany) seeks candidates for a 2-year PostDoc position in the field of microbial electrodes for cathodic electrosynthesis. Candidates should hold a PhD in

Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Biotechnology, Microbiology
(or related fields)

Your task
In close collaboration with project partners from chemistry, microbiology, and industry you will be performing research on novel microbial electrodes for cathodic electrosynthesis. Initially, You will study the influence of electrode characteristics (suface chemistry, nano- and microstructure, …) on microbe-electrode interaction and overall productivity. Later on, these electrodes will be characterized and optimized for application in lab-scale microbial electrolysis cells operating on real industrial effluents. While your research will be focussed on the microbial electrosynthesis of methane and poly-hydroxybutyrate, also further processes could be studied.

Your profile
We are looking for a highly motivated individual with excellent scientific record. Successful candidates must be good experimentators and possess strong com-munication skills. Ideally, the candidates are adept to scientific publication and have previous experience in microbiology and bio-electrochemistry.

What we offer
The University of Bremen and its Center for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology offer an excellent scientific environment for interdisciplinary research. The full-time position is affiliated to the Department of Environmental Process Engineering. Our interdisciplinary research is focused on fundamentals, materials, and processes for sustainable environmental engineering and biotechnology.

Contact details: 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Sven Kerzenmacher
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Expiration date: 
Friday, May 31, 2019

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 (
Contact email address:
Expiration date: 
Friday, February 1, 2019

PhD student position on the microbial ecology of bioelectrodes at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden)


In this PhD project, you will focus on microbial communities that oxidize organic compounds and generate electrical current at bioanodes. You will investigate how the microbial communities assemble and develop over time, and how various factors affect their composition and performance. You will build, operate and analyze the performance of bioelectrochemical systems and you will use various molecular tools and computational methods to study the microbial communities.
The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research studies. As a PhD student you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in written form. In addition, the position may include up to 20% departmental work, mostly teaching duties in the Master program ”Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering” and the undergraduate program in Civil Engineering.

The employment is expected begin in the spring of 2019 and is limited to four years plus the time spent on departmental work (a maximum of five years in total).
Please go to the external link (which can also be found under “Vacancies” at for information on how to apply.

Contact details: 
Oskar Modin
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Expiration date: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Open postdoctoral research position on application of innovative bioelectrochemical systems for water treatment at the University of Girona (Catalonia, Spain)


The candidate will work on the recently funded European Project Horizon 2020 ELECTRA (Electricity driven Low Energy and Chemical input Technology foR Accelerated bioremediation). ELECTRA is a recently approved 4-year project that involves the participation of 17 universities, research centres and companies in the EC and China. The project aims at improving bioremediation of surface and ground waters, as well as soils, using innovative approaches based on bioelectrochemical technologies, potentially having a low energy and contamination impacts on site. ELECTRA involves the participation of European and Chinese partners in two highly connected consortia, thus bringing to the candidate a good opportunity to interact with multiple institutions among Europe and Asia. The project tackles with basic research at laboratory scale with several bioremediation techniques and contaminants, and envisions the final application of “on-site” tests and application of winner technologies in contaminated sites that have been selected in Europe and China.

The participation of the University of Girona in ELECTRA is funnelled through the LEQUIA and gEMM/IEA research groups and brings together expertise in molecular microbiology and bioelectrochemistry. Proposed technologies at the UdG to be tested within ELECTRA include the use of bioelectrochemical systems (BES) for the simultaneous removal of nutrients and metals. Tasks include all steps from selection of microorganisms to tests on site. The candidate will work on the initial steps of strains development and purification together with testing in BES reactors. Emphasis will be put to develop new isolation and enrichment techniques and the implementation of molecular methods for the detection, enumeration and evaluation of candidate microorganisms.

Position: Full time postdoctoral researcher. Fixed term appointment is set to initially 1 year, but possibilities for renewal up to 2 years are optional upon evaluation.
Place of work: Work will be performed at the group of Molecular Microbial Ecology within the Institute of Aquatic Ecology, and the Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (LEQUIA), University of Girona, Spain.
Starting date: 1st March 2019.
Gross annual salary: 31.049,52€ including national health insurance.

We look for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in Microbial Ecology/Environmental Engineering, with proven skills and expertise based on previous publications in the fields. Although not mandatory, expertise in bioelectrochemical engineering will be valued.

Contact details: 
Applications must be sent via e-mail with subject line mentioning “ELECTRA PostDoc UdG” to not later than December 21st 2018. Application documents: • Motivation Letter • Brief CV, including Educational qualifications and Professional affiliation. Employment history, Current Research Interests, Main Research outcomes (Publications, conferences). • Reference letter/s
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Expiration date: 
Friday, December 21, 2018

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 /

Contact details: 
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
Contact email address:
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