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Postdoctoral Researcher in Biochemistry
Aalto University

Date Posted Jul. 22, 2021
Title Postdoctoral Researcher in Biochemistry
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T107 Bioproducts and Biosystems
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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The Biochemistry group ( develops metabolic pathways and enzymes for the conversion of CO2 to fuels. We are looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher with strong knowledge in Biochemistry / Enzymology

Research is carried out at our excellent facilities at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering ( The laboratories are situated on the main campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi (short metro-ride from Helsinki) within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (

Research description
Most experiments will be performed in anaerobic chambers. Possible projects are:
  • Tune enzymes and redox cofactors for biotechnological CO2 reduction
  • Design of synthetic metabolic pathways
  • In vitro pathway design in order to study the bioenergetics/thermodynamics
  • Study archaeal enzymes and elucidate their reaction mechanisms
  • Possible projects also involve NMR spectroscopy, synthesis of substrate analogues, or electrochemistry

Your experience and ambitions
  • PhD in a suitable field, such as biochemistry, enzyme engineering, (bio)organic chemistry, NMR spectroscopy of biomolecules
  • Be highly committed to science and strive for excellence
  • Develop own smart ideas and think independently
  • Be able to focus on solving tough scientific problems
  • Have good written and oral communication skills in English

Skills, knowledge or interest in some of the following areas are highly appreciated:
  • Enzymology, protein purification
  • Metabolic modelling and thermodynamics
  • Spectroscopic methods (HPLC, NMR, EPR, Electrochemistry)
  • Solid understanding of organic chemistry and reaction mechanisms

We offer
  • High-end laboratory infrastructure and friendly colleagues
  • Opportunity to join a young, ambitious research group
  • Freedom to bring in own ideas
  • Funding for 2 years

For more information
For additional scientific information, please contact Prof. Silvan Scheller (

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application, through our recruitment system from the link below, before August 31st, 2021.  To apply, please share the following application materials with us (in English, only pdf documents):

  • Cover letter (start as follows: “I am interested in this position because… “)
  • CV, incl. list of publications
  • Research interest description
  • Names and contact details of references (or to be provided upon request)

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.

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