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PhD Position - Genetic Engineering, Bioelectrochemistry

SuPER-W, a "European Joint Doctorate" programme on Product, Energy and Resource Recovery from Wastewater funded by the European Marie Skłodowska-Curie action programme (Horizon 2020), currently offers 15  3-year PhD scholarships and a comprehensive joint doctoral training programme to highly motivated young scientists.

One of those PhD projects (ESR3) targets the anodic production of biochemicals based on Pseudomonas sp.. Pseudomonas putida are obligate aerobic microorganisms, which were recently engineered to produce heterologous redox-mediators phenazines for oxygen-limited growth via electron discharge to an anode. Under oxygen-limited conditions the organism upregulates pathways to electron sinks like polyhydroxyalkanoate production. The PhD candidate will engineer, develop and investigate the strain for enhanced bioelectrochemical polyhydroxyalkanoate but also for free carboxylate production.

The SuPER-W network is organised by a consortium of 5 renowned European universities (Ghent University (Belgium), TU Delft (the Netherlands), RWTH Aachen University (Germany), University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (Czech Republic), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (Spain)) in collaboration with a wide range of non-academic partner organisations. The doctoral training programme provides local expert training at the academic and non-academic partner organisations, a network-wide secondment scheme, internships and an intense series of network-wide training sessions, workshops and seminars. It is also feasible to subscribe to the doctoral training programme when having own PhD scholarship opportunities.

Since this is an EU funded project, a mobility rule applies: applicants for the ESR3 project must not have resided in Germany for the past 3 years.

Contact detail

How to apply:
Please apply with all required documents through the online application platform at www.superw.ugent.be .
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Application deadline: 15 May 2016
For detailed information and the application form: http://www.superw.ugent.be/
If you have any questions which are not answered on the website, please contact the central secretariat: superw@ugent.be.

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Working place
52074 Aachen
Area of expertise
Biotechnology, Biology & Life Sciences