• PhD position offered at the Laboratory of Biochemistry II

We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student with a master`s degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, or related areas, and with an excellent academic record.

The student must show experience in molecular biology and genetic engineering, and a strong interest in research to pursue a PhD in the context of the project funded GLYCODESIGN by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, and within the objective: APPLYING OPTOGENETICS AND METABOLIC ENGINEERING FOR THE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION OF ADDED-VALUE GLYCOLIPIDS IN PHOTOSYNTHETIC MICROALGAE.

Candidate must apply for the Fellowship FI 2021 (AGAUR, Generalitat de Catalunya) to fund the PhD position (deadline October the 20th), as well as other similar Fellowships from other agencies.

Research topic

Microalgae are unicellular photosynthetic organisms that are emerging as important hosts for industrial biotechnology, as they can use photosynthetic light to efficiently transform CO2 into high-value bioproducts. The general goal of the project is to apply synthetic biology and metabolic engineering principles in the eukaryotic microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii for the production of high-value biocompounds.

The specific aims of the project are:

  • Genetic and metabolic engineering of cellular compartments (cytosol/endoplasmic reticulum, chloroplast) to redesign microalgae metabolism for the production of new pools of added-value glycolipids.
  • Construction of a novel synthetic optogenetic module to allow control of the genetic circuits of the system using light, based on a light-switchable photoreceptor/transcription factor dual component system.

This project is part of a collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Elena Monte at the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG, Barcelona):

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Application deadline: Thursday October 15th 2020

The applicant shoult submit:

  • Letter of motivation
  • A CV including work experience and academic record
  • At least one name and e-mail address of a scientist/professor willing to write a reference letter.

In order to apply for the FI-2021 Fellowship, further documentation will be required by October 20th at 14:00h (Barcelona time). Further information on the process can be found here

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