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Enzymatic bioelectrosynthesis is an emerging field of using relatively-cheap electricity to drive biocatalysis reactions for the synthesis of high value-added molecules. Reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, i.e., NADH, is a very common electron donor used in many biological processes. NADH dependent enzymes are versatile to catalyze many useful reduction reactions. In this context, electrochemical NADH regeneration holds the key for enzymatic bioelectrosynthesis. This postdoctoral position is announced as part of the project called“Enzymatic Bioelectrosynthesis for Developing Novel Pharmaceuticals” funded by a Novo Nordisk Foundation Start Package grant with the aim of establishing a compact system for electrochemical NADH regeneration and enabled chiral molecule synthesis.

The successful applicant must hold a PhD degree in in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrochemistry, materials science, biochemistry or a closely related field. The candidate should document solid practical experience with laboratory work in the areas of electrochemistry and analytical chemistry, broad insight in material chemistry and analysis. As the position is part of a research program involving multiple researchers, the candidate should show excellent interpersonal and communication skills and team spirit to solve the problems together with the different stakeholders.

You may obtain further information about the scientific aspects of the project from Assistant Professor Xinxin Xiao,[email protected] . The project will mainly be conducted in the research area Applied Supramolecular Chemistry ) in the electrochemistry research group at the Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Aalborg University.

The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience provides cutting-edge research and teaching in biotechnology, biology, environmental science, chemistry and chemical engineering. Our research solves important topics for the benefit of society, and through research-based teaching, we educate independent, collaborative and solution-oriented bachelors, graduates and PhDs.

At the department, we have high-profile research groups and individual researchers who deliver world-class applied and basic scientific research with a mission-driven approach, and who contribute to the development of new technologies, methods, and new basic insights within natural science and engineering. The department is divided into two sections: Section for Bioscience and Engineering and Section for Chemical Science and Engineering, as well as one administration. Both sections have activities on both Aalborg and Esbjerg campuses. The day-to-day management is handled by the head of department, the deputy heads of research and education, and the head of the secretariat in collaboration with section leaders.

We are a dynamic workplace with high professionalism and efficiency, a good working environment and with a focus on work-life balance. We strive for a culture with collaboration that promotes openness and curiosity towards new initiatives and ideas and with a constructive approach to problem solving. As an employee at the department, you will be part of an international research environment, with a focus on innovation, knowledge sharing and excellency as well as interdisciplinary collaborations.

Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas(Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the”Apply online” button below.

Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Camilla Bjerregaard Bock by [email protected] or phone(+45) 9940 9582. Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seenhere  

Wages and employment

Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities(the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance’s current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.  

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