Postdoc in Droplet Microfluidics for Microbial Consortia Screening


Application deadline

March 5, 2024

Postdoc in Droplet Microfluidics for Microbial Consortia Screening

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

Job description

We now offer a Postdoctoral position in Droplet Microfluidics for microbial cell factory screening centered on the development of droplet microfluidic high throughput screening and related droplet assays for yeast, cyanobacteria and microbial consortia at KTH Nanobiotechnology at the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab). The research group focuses on droplet microfluidics, biosustainability and high-throughput screeningThe Biomicrofluidics group at KTH, together with academic collaborators at KTH and Chalmers partners aims to realize novel microbial cell factory consortia for the biosustainable production of fats to replace unsustainable palm oil production. Key to this research project is the development of a droplet microfluidic screening assays for cyanobacteria, yeast and microbial consortia.

The Postdoctoral Scientist will develop, test and employ novel droplet microfluidic screening assays and instrumentation with key academic partners, in Stockholm and Gothenburg. The Postdoctoral Scientist will primarily work at SciLifeLab Stockholm.

The successful candidate will work at the interface between microfluidics, microbiology, and high throughput screening, including:

  • development and testing of droplet microfluidic devices
  • development assays for microbial screening
  • droplet microfluidics based screening of yeast and cyanobacteria
  • microbiological and molecular biological laboratory work
  • support innovation and ideas for grant proposals

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • An interdisciplinary and applied project in close collaboration with researchers from Karolinska Institutet and pharmaceutical industry partners.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree within a subject relevant to the position, e.g. Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Cell and molecular biology, Microbiology, Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering or Microfluidics. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Research experience in applied microfluidics, life science instrumentation, metabolic engineering, microbiology or related fields.
  • The ability to express yourself very well in English, spoken and written, as this will be required in day-to-day work
  • You are self-motivated with a strong ability to take initiative and run projects
  • You have a history of respectful and professional behavior and attitudes in a collaborative environment.

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Experience of microfluidics development
  • Experience with yeast and/or cyanobacteria cell culture
  • Experience with assay development and screening
  • It’s commendable if you have acquired teaching abilities
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with a specific focus on gender equality 

Great emphasis will be placed on personal skills.

As a person, you have well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills and like to take responsibility.You have strong collaboration skills including the ability to lead and to support research.

Trade union representatives

You will find contact information to trade union representatives at KTH’s webbpage.

To apply for the position

Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply for this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must include:

  • CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.

Brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


The position may include security-sensitive activities. To become authorized, you therefore need to pass a possible security check.

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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About KTH

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Last updated: 2024-02-09

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