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Doctoral Candidate in Microbial Physiology
Aalto University

Date Posted Mar. 31, 2022
Title Doctoral Candidate in Microbial Physiology
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T107 Bioproducts and Biosystems
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Biology - Microbiology
    Biology - Computational
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The School of Chemical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. It combines natural sciences and engineering in a unique way.

The department of Bioproducts and Biosystems is looking for a

Doctoral Candidate to join the Microbial Physiology -group

In this position you will be developing approaches and methods for modulating and controlling the physiology of microbial cells and microbial consortia for improving their performance in applications of industrial biotechnology and/or food and beverage fermentations. You will uncover the cellular physiology in quantitative terms, develop understanding of evolution of physiology, and contribute to developing predictive computational models for design and control.

In this position you will be combining computational and experimental methods. As part of the group lead by Associate Professor Paula Jouhten your work will enable you to make an impact. Engineered microbial cells have potential to be the solution for replacing the chemistry produced from oil. Microbial cells and consortia are involved also in every other area of human life, e.g. health, environment, food, and can thus be the means to tackle global grand challenges of climate change, sustainability, and food security.

Your background and experience

You have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field like computational biology, synthetic biology, or similar. We expect you to have a good knowledge of metabolic modelling or bioinformatics and either molecular biology or microbiology. In connection to modelling and bioinformatics you have experience on programming with R and Python. In experimental molecular biology or microbiology we expect you to have experience in aseptic working in laboratory and having performed cell cultivations with yeast and/or bacteria.

Good command of written and spoken English is a necessary prerequisite.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic person who enjoys team work.

If you are chosen for this position, you will apply the study right for doctoral studies in Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering. Thus, please check the student information and admission criteria In particular, please pay attention to mandatory skill level in English.

What we offer

We off you a possibility to pursue D.Sc. (in Tech.) degree in cutting edge field. Your work will be meaningful and you will have a possibility to make a difference in tackling global grand challenges. You will get superb colleagues and a possibility to be involved in building the research group. In addition, at Aalto you will be enjoying excellent and well maintained research infrastructure and inspiring scientific environment at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems. In your position, you will obtain support for developing national and international networks essential for career development. We in the group, at the department and at Aalto have clear focus on wellbeing, equality and inclusiveness and these are important values followed by Aalto University.

The contract is initially made for one year, with possibility of extension. The total duration of doctoral studies is four years. The position can be filled immediately. Our facilities are located at Aalto University Otaniemi campus in Espoo, Finland.

The expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2500€/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health care and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Aalto University provides excellent learning and development opportunities, commuter ticket benefit and Unisport offers versatile exercise services with staff discount.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our online recruitment system by using the link on Aalto University’s web page ("Apply now!”) by 24.04.2022.

Aalto University’s employees and visitors please note: you should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> Career -> find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using your existing Workday user account.

To apply, please include the following documents in English and in PDF format:
  • Motivation letter: free form letter where you describe yourself and why you are interested in this particular position.
  • CV describing education and employment history
  • Course transcripts of your B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees with grades

We will start the recruiting process already during the application period and fill the position as soon as a suitable candidate has been found.

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.

For more information

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Associate Professor Paula Jouhten by email (paula.jouhten(a) In recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Tiina Torvinen (tiina.torvinen(a)

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