The collaborative project in which the work of the PhD student will be included aims at developing robust bioprocessing steps for the production of materials and energy from biomass. As part of such project, the PhD student will concentrate on the fermentation of different biorefinery streams, generated by innovative biomass treatments. The initial, primary task of the project will be the production of second-generation ethanol by fermentation with Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Fermentability of the substrates generated by the other project partners will be investigated, as well as maximum ethanol productivity and yield. Since lignocellulosic material can be a very challenging substrate for the fermenting microorganism, the impact of different substrates on yeast metabolism will be investigated. Possibly, once the crucial traits necessary for highly productive fermentation will be identified, superior improved strains, tailored for the fermentation of various biorefinery streams, will be generated.
The project can start shortly after the selection procedure will be completed.
The position is limited to maximum 5 years, which corresponds to four years of full-time research studies together with teaching in the undergraduate or Masters curricula at Chalmers.
The candidate should have a M.Sc. in biotechnology, bioengineering or a corresponding curriculum. Experience of performing fermentation studies with yeast in bioreactors is advantageous. A PhD student in our group is expected to work relatively independently, have the ability to plan and organize his/her own work, to be able to work in close collaboration with other group members and partners in research and to be able to communicate scientific results, both orally and in written form in English.
The application shall be written in English and include the following items:
- An application of a maximum of one A4 page containing your specific qualifications for the position
- Attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letters of recommendation and name of reference persons (optional)
Chalmers University of Technology
SE-412 96 Göteborg
For further information, you are welcome to contact Professor Lisbeth Olsson,firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: +46 31 772 3805.
Reference number : 2011/35 Application deadline : March, 21st 2011