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The Department of Chemistry is seeking a postdoc in the field of renewable energy with focus on algal biomass production and the development of sustainable and biobased UV filter chemicals. Last day to apply is 9 November, 2020.

Project description and working tasks
The work is part of the projects MicroBioRefine and NordAqua ( focusing on the efficient and economic production of biomass by growing high latitude photosynthetic microorganisms on carbon dioxide and nutrients from local flue gases and wastewaters. The project is in the field of renewable energy with focus on algal biomass production and the development of sustainable and biobased UV filter chemicals. The postdoc will focus on research and method development by optimizing the biomass production of algae and cyanobacteria, physiological characterization of algal and cyanobacterial strains grown in waste water, biochemical fractionation of the microorganisms as well as establishing and conducting laboratory-scale experiments to investigate the accumulation of UV filter chemicals in algae and cyanobacteria. The postdoc is expected to independently design experiments and conduct research as outlined above, analyze data and interpret results, present oral and poster presentations at regional and international conferences and publish findings in high-profile scientific journals. Occasional travel for field work and to the bioreactor in Dåva outside Umeå is required.

The required qualification is a doctoral degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent in microbiology, biochemistry or biotechnology or equivalent. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this may be considered if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical practice, appointments of trust in trade unions or similar circumstances.

Experience in microbiological and biochemical methods is required as well as special knowledge of experimental work with photosynthetic microorganisms. Since the postdoc will use various advanced laboratory equipment, extensive experience in practical laboratory work is required. Independence, the ability for good team work and a good command of the English language, both written and spoken, are required as well as qualities such as creativity and the ability to take initiatives. Experience in analytical techniques e.g. gas chromatography/mass spectrometry is meriting.

Terms of employment
The position is for full-time for a period of two years. Starting date is according to agreement.

A complete application should include: 

  • A cover letter that describes qualifications, research interests, and motivation for application
  • (maximum 2 pages)
  • A curriculum vitae, including a publication list
  • A copy of your Ph.D. thesis and relevant publications
  • A copy of doctoral degree certificate or equivalent and other relevant degree certificates and obtained grades
  • Names and contact information of at least two reference persons
  • Other relevant documents

The application, written in English or Swedish, must be submitted via our e-recruitment system Varbi no later than 9 November, 2020.

For further information, contact Professor Christiane Funk, phone: +46-(0)90-786-7633, email:

Department of Chemistry is the largest department in the Faculty of Science and Technology, with approximately 200 employees, including about 40 doctoral students, and with a strong and expanding research. Three major areas of research; Biological Chemistry, Environmental and Biogeochemistry and Technical Chemistry, represents the research and chemistry education of our department. We are also a strong partner in KBC, The Chemical-Biological Centre. For more information about working at Umeå University:

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1305-20
  • Christiane Funk, 090-7867633
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 13.Oct.2020
Last application date 09.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET

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