A PhD position is available at the Center for Systems Microbiology (CSM), for research on lactic acid bacteria as production platforms for biofuels and biochemicals. One of the main challenges for the 21st century is the sustainable satisfaction of the ever growing need for food, drugs, chemicals and energy without further environment burden. The application of micro-organisms in large scale bioconversions has provided some new solutions that have been or are currently being implemented on industrial scale. However, new research is needed to make the bioprocesses more efficient, economically profitable and adapt to the changing demands of modern society and the available renewable substrates.
MSc. Degree in Biotechnology or Life Sciences (e.g. Microbiology, Fermentation Technology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology) Practical experience with submerged cultivation of micro-organisms (as a minimum in batch fermenters). Practical experience with molecular biology and bacterial genetics. Able to work independently and to plan and carry out complicated tasks, while also being part of a team. Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.