One year postdoc in genome-scale modeling of metabolism

Chalmers University of Technology


One year postdoc in genome-scale modeling of metabolism

Information about the division
The Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology, located in the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at the Chalmers University of Technology, is one of the world leading research groups within the field of systems biology. The Division is composed of 7 labs and faculty, and each group leader is responsible for directing particular research themes within the realms of quantitative systems and synthetic biology. The research interests within the division range, from trying to understand fundamental metabolism, to highly applied research on the production of renewable energy, up to studying metabolic-related diseases such as cancer. The division also engages in extensive collaborative projects across universities and industry both nationally across Sweden and internationally. The division operates collaboratively with two other satellite facilities at Chalmers: the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability ( and the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab;

Major responsibilities
We are seeking a motivated, creative post-doctoral candidate interested in genome-scale modeling in the context of metabolism and protein expression. Your major responsibilities are to independently drive the research project forward in a criticial and effective manner, to organise and manage models and data to a high standard, to regularly communicate results to your colleagues, and to disseminate your main conclusions to the scientific community in the form of meetings, conferences and peer-reviewed articles. You should be able to apply critical and creative thinking on a regular basis. Equally, you should be able to adopt an open minded approach to work that allows integration of constructive feedback as well as the possibility of adapting your research direction based on new results. In addition you should be inquisitive about the fundamentals of cellular metabolism and regulation, and if necessary, question pre-existing scientific axioms. You should keep in mind the most challenging and rewarding questions whilst also working within a realistic time frame with resources that are provided.
The position may also include teaching on undergraduate and master's levels as well as supervising master's and/or PhD students to a certain extent. As the Systems and Synthetic Biology group at Chalmers is composed of a highly collaborative international environment, a successful candidate is expected to demonstrate exceptional team work skills.

Position summary
This is a full-time temporary employment position. This position is for 12 months with possibility to extend.

The ideal candidate would have a PhD degree, not older than three years, in biotechnology, bioengineering, systems biology, computational biology, or bioinformatics. You should have experience with genome-scale metabolic modeling, constraint-based analysis e.g. flux balance analysis, omics data analysis, integration of omics data with constraint-based models. Previous work experience with proteome-constrained models would be an advantage. You are also expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate a good potential for working in research and education.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190518 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 1 November 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor, Jens Nielsen,

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