Postdoc Research Fellow in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Bioengineering

University of Gothenburg - Department of Marine Sciences

We seek a candidate to join our team researching the use of microorganisms for enrichment of feed to maximize the nutritional content of biofloc for fish in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). Specifically, the position involves working on the cultivation in bioreactor systems of specific novel microbial assemblages that contribute to enhanced growth and well-being of live fish feed (rotifers, brine shrimp) widely used in aquaculture and ultimately the fish larvae feeding on them. Objectives for the research project include: i) increased production of energy storage and other growth-enhancing compounds in biofloc; ii) heterotrophic and autotrophic microalgal enhancement of feed quality; iii) characterization of nutrients and their bioavailability in biomass; iv) acceptability and uptake by live invertebrate feed organisms and target species; v) physiological effects of biofloc on fish gut health.

The successful candidate will be responsible for i) running applied experiments in several different labs in Europe and internationally, thus requiring flexibility for extended stays in various locations as well as international travel to participate in meetings, conferences, and visits with industry partners; ii) advising students in their scientific research, including research design and statistical analyses; iii) leading occasional outreach activities.

The position requires an independent and highly self-motivated individual, given that details of the project can be adjusted based on the candidate’s skills and interests. The successful candidate will be expected to take leadership within the project as they will be required to drive and conclude their work independently, to take initiative and discuss/develop their own ideas including writing well-formulated reports and professional papers. The candidate will be working in a multidisciplinary team of engineers, pathologists, food scientists, modelers, and policy-makers involving several research groups internationally, thus good team and communication skills, as well as previous international research experience are essential.

Please also indicate on your application if you have relevant experience including prior coursework or relevant industry internships/collaborations in at least two of the following areas: bioprocess engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, analytical chemistry, or microbial genomics. Experience in several of the following methodologies will also be advantageous: microscopy techniques with confocal, epifluorescence, digital holographic or multi-photon, super-resolution (STED, dSTORM, etc.) and/or electron microscopy, techniques for culturing cells and microbes, identifying cell signalling molecules, chromatography (HPLC/GC), fluorescent tags/probes, UV spectroscopy) and polymeric chemistry. Prior experience in aquaculture is not required, however it would be useful to have skills such as technical operation of aquaculture or aquaria systems. Experience with bioanalytical assays and working with other microorganisms (e.g. fungi, cyanobacteria, viruses) are considered merits.

Position is open to all international applicants but excellent English proficiency is required. The position is based at the University of Gothenburg, but the successful candidate must be willing to travel frequently and for extended periods as the project will run for two years in conjunction with collaborating international laboratories.

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