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For “ExtremoForm”, a joint Academy of Finland project at Aalto University and at VTT- Technical Research Centre of Finland, we are looking for:
2 Postdoctoral Researchers in Enzyme Engineering or Biocatalysis
Formic acid is discussed as an alternative form of hydrogen storage. Our concept is to convert CO2 + H2 directly to formic acid via next generation formate dehydrogenases. Our overall goal is to find, express and engineer formate dehydrogenases to become extremely acid-tolerant. To achieve our goal, we established a consortium involving:
Research is carried out at our excellent facilities at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering (http://www.bioeconomyinfra.fi/). The laboratories are situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi (short metro-ride from Helsinki). One position is in the Scheller group within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems; the other position is in the Deska group within the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science.
Job description “Enzyme engineering”:
The postdoc works on the interface towards environmental genomics, with the goal of bringing extremophilic enzymes alive. Key tasks include expression of extremely acid-tolerant formate dehydrogenases, assessment of enzyme parameters in vitro, and to control function via enzyme engineering to push the limit of acid tolerance.
Job description “Biocatalysis”:
The postdoc works on the interface towards catalysis. Key tasks include the fundamental understanding of which structural factors control enzyme-activity, directed evolution, to create enzyme cascades for CO2 reduction to methanol, and to exploit enzyme promiscuity for the synthesis of formate derivatives.
To be eligible, you need to:
Skills, knowledge or interest in some of the following areas are highly appreciated:
For more information
For additional scientific information, please contact Prof. Silvan Scheller or Prof. Jan Deska, in matters related to the recruitment process, HR Coordinator Sanni Mero, e-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply (deadline = 31st of March 2020)
The application should include the following:
All materials should be provided in English as pdf files through the online recruitment system.
Review of applications starts on March 1st. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.Continue reading
|Title||2 Postdoctoral Researchers in Enzyme Engineering or Biocatalysis|
|Job location||Lämpömiehenkuja 2, 02150 Espoo|
|Published||January 28, 2020|
|Application deadline||March 31, 2020|
|Job types||Postdoc  |
|Fields||Chemical Engineering,   Organic Chemistry,   Biochemistry,   Catalysis,   Electrochemistry,   Environmental Chemistry,   Spectroscopy,   Bioengineering,   Environmental Engineering,   |