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Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.
Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering looking for a highly motivated
Postdoctoral Researcher or PhD Candidate, with strong knowledge in mechanistic chemistry / enzymology
The Biochemistry group transfers biochemical processes from their natural environment to the laboratory for industrial applications. We focus on the biocatalytic conversion of chemical energy (fuel) to electricity, in order to develop advanced energy solutions. We seek to also apply the reverse process, electricity to fuel, in order to store excess electricity from renewable sources efficiently.
To achieve our goals, we keep unravelling metabolic principles and enzyme function in natural microbes (in particular anaerobic archaea), and we apply synthetic biology to create the ideal metabolisms and enzymes for our industrial applications.
Research is carried out at our excellent facilities at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering (http://www.bioeconomyinfra.fi/). The laboratory is situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (http://bio2.aalto.fi/en/).
The goal of the project is to study archaeal enzymes and elucidate their reaction mechanisms. A focus will be on methyl-coenzyme M reductase, a nickel(I) enzyme with several post-translational modifications. Experiments will be carried out with purified enzymes in order to study function, kinetics and mechanisms. Possible projects also involve synthesis of substrate analogues, electrochemistry, or advanced spectroscopic methods (NMR, EPR).
The research project is within the mission of an industrial application, but we are currently conducting fundamental research in order to discover new chemical strategies in nature, which we intend to publish in high-level journals.
The eligible candidate should:
Skills, knowledge and interest in the following areas are highly desirable:
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How to apply
The application should include the following:
All materials should be provided in English. The application materials will not be returned.
Please send your application through the online recruitment system (link below, “Apply for this job”).
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.Weiterlesen
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